Always by My Side

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Reading today’s passage Acts 25:23-26:1-32, we get another example of where Paul’s courage comes from as he goes before the king Agrippa to turn a problem into an opportunity. An opportunity to share about the gospel and reach out to those in need.

We have read in previous passages of the difficult experiences Paul had to go through as he testified about God’s Way. While reading in Acts 23, Paul was in prison when God stood near Paul and told him to take courage. At that point, it seems as though there was a peace within Paul because he knew that God was with him and would continue to be with him in his time of need.

God is the source of Paul’s courage. The courage to admit that he once persecuted Christians and the courage to talk about controversial issues even when placed in a very difficult situation. We can take this example of Paul; turn our issues of the past into opportunities for the future by just sharing about our knowledge of God and experiences that may help others accept the gospel message.

Lord, You are like a mountain; standing rock solid over time and protecting us in our time of need. We can take courage, for You are there for us. Just like You were there with Paul, You are here with us today to share our testimony and stand up to those against us. 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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2 Responses to Always by My Side

  1. brujsims says:

    Reblogged this on Call to Witness and commented:
    God has commanded us to be strong and courageous in our faith walk. This courage does not originate from us. The bravery that we need to proclaim boldly the Gospel must be of divine origin.
    The Lord is generous and will give us all the courage that we need to fulfill our mission. All we need to do is ask and press on in the work without fear. Fear of this world has no place in God’s mission. Therefore we must put it out of our minds and put in its place the confidence knowing that God is with us. For if the Lord is with us, who can stand against us?

    • Mark Shields says:

      God gave Paul the courage to talk about controversial issues even when placed in very difficult situations. That same unlimited power from God is available to each of us today.

      Thanks for the reblog and sharing your inspiring words.

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