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Acts 25:23-26:32

I loved the way Paul defended himself before King Agrippa. Paul was certainly bold, as is typical of him, but this presentation was also passionate. As I read, I could almost hear Paul's voice full of emotion and energy and enthusiasm because he was proclaiming Christ. Preach it Paul!!!

But what really caught my attention today were the statements by Festus and Agrippa acknowledging Paul's innocence. Festus, "'I have found that he had done nothing deserving death.'" (25:25). King Agrippa, "'This man is doing nothing to deserve death or imprisonment'" (26:31). (See also 23:29 where the Roman Tribune came to the same conclusion.) So it may seem a little odd that Paul wasn't released. Until you factor God into the equation.

So when our plans are falling apart, when things are happening that just don't make sense to us, how do we keep in mind that God is in control, He knows exactly where we're at, what's happening and, oh yes, He's got us covered? Tami W.

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Is 26:3 "You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you" came to my mind. Paul's mind was "stayed" [other translation read: fixed, Dependant, steadfast] upon the Lord. Our minds (as well as the rest of us!) need to be fully yielded to the Lord at all times to experience that perfect peace knowing that He has everything under control.

The questions yesterday and today challenge me. I've spent seven years in a work environment where doors continually closed to my career goals. God intervened and I was given a supervisory role. It could only have been God working through people that accomplished this. It was a roller coaster emotionally because I struggled with why God wasn't answering on my timetable!

God did have me covered. Every person who held the role I desired left the company. My husband somewhat jokingly pointed that out the other day. Had God given me that position, I would not have stayed for seven years.
God has given me a mission field at work. Like Paul, I have been able to share my story.

How do I bear in mind that God is in control? I look back to see how He has worked and what He has done in my life. I look at His word to see His promises and how He has worked in and through those who struggle, doubt, fail and fall like I do. I fall on His mercy and grace - and say, "Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so!"

Yes Tami, Paul's presentation was very passionate and I felt as if I were there. His speech was so touching that I wonder if any of those present at the time were so moved by his word from his heart that they too believed that Jesus is the Son of God.

When our plans are falling apart, and when things are happening that just do not make sense we just have to trust God. Believe in what His Word tells us, "I will never leave you nor forsake you" Hebrews 13:5 (last sentence) and 1 Corinthians 10:13.(NIV) "No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it". If we believe that Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life then we have to believe Him, because He does what He promises. Let us continue to let His Word strengthen us, as we take the journey He has prepared for us and communicate with Him daily.

Not only was Paul not found guilty by Agrippa, but Agrippa himself seeks to be persuaded into becoming a Christian (26:28)! A useful argument, if ever one was needed, that Paul was not a raving lunatic, else why would the king himself want to be converted by him?

Recently I was forced into a situation where all my control over it was taken away. My marriage fell apart, and my wife left me for a better life. I walked away from a job that kept me from church, thinking because of my skills I would find another job fast; didn't happen. I am limited to what I can do physiclly because of health issues. I became homeless after all I had was depleated. My church put me in a motel for a month, that was all they could do. As time drew near the end, still no job. I was looking at being on the streets. She had her parents to fall back on, my family is all gone from this world. Just when I thought "this is it" and was ready to throw in the towel, God reminded me that he has saved my life on numerous occasions; why would he walk away now? Although I don't live in the past, it is that past that is my testimony and what I use to bring people to Christ. Those that are forgiven much, love much. By the way, on the last day in the motel? I got a phone call for an interview, a check in the mail, and a place to live until I'm back on my feet. Praise God! I wrote a book a while back and sent it to the publishers for consideration. The ninty day review is almost up, I expect to hear good news and have the money to start my ministry soon. Praise be to God!

I just had a pretty major situation happen,(along with everything else that has been going on) and when I read the questions you had today about our plans falling apart, and things happening that make no sense, the rest of what I read just fell into place for me as I continued reading. This was EXACTLY what I needed to read at this moment. GOD is in control, He does know exactly where we are at, and, "oh yes, He's got us COVERED!!" Thank You, Tami. GOD Bless!

Have you ever been on a plane perhaps?Think of it this way!You aren't in control here but even as much as the pilot is,God is even more so than the pilot is!Think of the situation where Meshach Shadrach & Abednego in Daniel 3rd chapter or even Daniel himself in the 6th chapter!Where was their faith?They had it all laid out on the line in fact Meshach Shadrach & Abednego were willing(see verse 18-But even if not?....they said!)to die for God going forward regardless of what happened next!I pray to God our faith will be that strong!And Job as well!It took an extreme amount of faith as well!Keep in mind your faith is what crowds out the fear factor!When we say "God its all up to you"You can call Vegas + book it hes showing up for you!God never promised us smooth sailing but he will bring us out thee other side!Amen?!

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