Knowing Our Express Purpose

We learn what kind of person Festus is in Acts 25:1-22. He is a new governor and a much stronger governor than Felix who had been sent back to Rome because of the poor way in which he had handled Jewish issues in the past. Like Felix, Festus also wished to do the Jews a favor (v. 9).

The Jewish leaders wanted Paul transferred to Jerusalem so they could kill him along the way but God was watching over Paul and the way Paul handled himself before the Roman authorities influenced them to not give in to the Jewish leaders request to transfer Paul.

Paul knew that his express purpose was to carry the name of Christ before the Gentiles, their kings, and the people of Israel. There was pressure to stand up to and overcome the obstacles he faced as he set out to achieve this purpose. 

This day with You God, life can be stressful for those making a stand for You. Help us to continue to know what is most important; spreading the Good News even when we daily face those that want to stop us. Give us insight and the plans needed to make a difference in a world that pushes more and more secular thought. In Jesus Name. Amen.

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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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