Persistence Overcomes Resistance

Paul’s life was in jeopardy but was taken to Governor Felix who ordered that he be kept under guard in Herod’s palace.  As laid out in today’s passage Acts 24:1-27, Paul is accused by the Jewish leaders of being a troublemaker by stirring up riots among the Jews all over the world. He was also accused of being the ring leader of what they called the Nazarene sect and attempting to profane the temple.

Paul’s defense was that the charges against him were totally false. His first point was that he had only been in Jerusalem for a few weeks and that there was no way anyone could prove the charges against him (v. 13). The only charges against him that he did confess to was the charge of belonging to the Way which the Jewish leaders said was a sect. But Paul explained that he was simply teaching faith in Christ Jesus or the Way and he was not stirring up any trouble.

In my opinion, the problem is that Paul’s enemies were the real troublemakers. The Jewish leaders felt threatened by Paul because what he was saying made a lot of sense and the Jewish leaders thought this could put their power in jeopardy.

Paul and many early Christians went through many hardships as they laid the foundation for what we know today as Christianity. They set a foundation on which has been built a great movement that has withstood extreme opposition. Fortunately, the Lord has fought the battles and He is big enough to handle any future obstacles in the way.

This day with You Lord will be amazing because of our faith in the possibilities You give. Just like Paul who was innocent but in prison for two years, being persistent will help us overcome the obstacles we face in life. Like a stream of water, persistence will eventually cut into a rock and if we remain persistent at focusing on the possibilities You give, we can cut into and go through any obstacle in our way.

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About Mark Shields

Mark volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. Each of the studies are designed to help apply our faith in the work place, at school, or at home. Join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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