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Acts 22:30-23:35

Paul's in a bad spot. He's caused a riot or two, he's under arrest of the Roman government and the Jews are trying to kill him. Pretty intense. Even so, here's what I don't see in Paul--anxiousness, fear, doubting, panic, irrational thinking. Instead, he responds quite calmly and logically. His trust in God is evident, and he's at peace with his situation.

So what can we do to push reactions and responses like fear, doubt and anxiousness aside? And then, how do we begin working on having peace--regardless of what we're going through? Tami W.

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Hey everyone, sorry the blog wasn't posted bright & early this morning. Tami had her part done...it was just a slip on the technical end. Thanks for waiting. Looking forward to your comments.

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It is good for us that today we can read Paul's story. It reinforces our belief in our risen saviour and the power of God to protect us especially when we are doing his work. Acts 23:11, The following night the Lord stood near paul and said, Take courage! As you have testified about me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome. When we are chosen by God he will protect us and we are chosen once we accept Christ as our saviour. So if we remember always the tetimony of Paul we will be strenghtened to testify about God knowing that God will protect us and allow us to present our testimony without fear, doubt and anxiety and to do so in peace regardless of our predicament.

All hail the power of Jesus name let angels prostrate fall and crown him Lord of all.

Most of us live in fear, fear of situations (crime, civil unrest, financial or other crises) but these fears can be gotten rid of, if, instead we FEAR i.e revere God, Our Almighty and Heavenly Father. "For God so loved the world that He gave us His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world but that the world through Him might be saved".
When we look at all the people Jesus surrounded Himself with, we have to believe John 3:16-17. All these people sinned and continued to sin but God has always protected His people and whilst we read His Word daily, believe in Him, seek Him in prayer and obey His commandments we need not fear what lays ahead of us. He will never leave us nor forsake us. Trust Him and Him only.

When we need peace and joy just go to Him in prayer and believe that He will give it to you.

Lord, I pray that when doubt and anxiety present themselves that I will call on Your name and obey Your instructions. Thank You in the name of Your Son, our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen

Paul had no fear because he heard from the Lord. We can push fear aside when we not only hear from the Lord and the prompting of the Holy Spirit, but also have FAITH in Him. When we trust that He will carry us through any situation (valley or mountain) that is very comforting. Paul also exhibited the qualities of a good Christian leader- he let his faith be the center of everything and was the godly example of his time. He both believed, trusted, and lived under the call of the Lord.

I once heard that "fear" is like having more faith that the devil will show up, than that God will show up for you. That helps me alot. When fear or anxiety arises, I ususally pray and try to confess any unconfessed/unrepented sins...then I go for that rest in God. Sometimes it means crying it out to him. But I know that he's there, and I know that he cares, and he's catching all my tears, and when I'm done turning it all over to him, I rest. I really can rest. Thank you Lord.

Just as Jesus told the disciples - the Holy Spirit will give us the words we need to say and strength to say them. Fear comes from Satan. The spirit of peace comes from God.

Why everybody practically comes after Paul here is a good question!
Puting FAITH in God always brushes fear side!How can anyone not have faith in a PERFECT GOD WHOSE NEVER WRONG?Our example(s) are in Daniel 3 & 6.Meshach Shadrach Abednego as well as Daniel all stood up for God laid all their faith on the line!They were facing life/death situations!Thats the kind of faith I want!Gods looking for people with faith like that!Amen?

Paul knew Who his Redeemer was-where his Hope lay. God had spoken directly to Paul...he knew exactly what was to happen and Who was near to him!!!!!! It was an easy choice of obedience to make. We too, can take heart and hope, for when we are given a task to do we are equipped by the One Who walks along side us!!!!! We too can make the decision to follow the commands or prompting of the Lord and walk in the path He has set before us!!!!!

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