Standing Firm

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Acts 21:37-22:29

Have you ever noticed how grounded and solid Paul is when it comes to his relationship with the Lord and his call from God? It was really noticeable for me again today as he is speaking to the people that are rioting against him. The Roman soldiers have actually rescued Paul from being beaten by the people, yet Paul isn't shaken and he doesn't back down. There's no change in his demeanor, his message, his approach.

So what can you do this week to be more like Paul--at work, at home, with your friends? Tami W.

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Paul in this writing is a good example for us today - that is to have our testimony of how Jesus Christ has changed our lives ready at a given notice. You never know when God will put us in a position to tell someone else of the love of Jesus Christ and how He can change their lives also. We need to be careful that we aren't to BUSY to take the time to tell others of our love of Jesus Christ.

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Paul was not popular with the religiously minded of the masses.

"should not be allowed to live."

He spoke Jesus Christ' TRUTH.

When today, people...like one category "alternate lifestyled" say things like Paul headed a successful hostile takeover of Jesus' church. They do so to apostate The Gospel onto sexual licentious lewdness' so they fashion God into their image.

Being like Paul, we will not be hindered by popularity, but too consider the depths of Paul's commitment:

Will go to the length of a whipping, (caning for you graffiti artists sharing your talents with the Taiwanese)

24 the tribune ordered him to be brought into the barracks, saying that he should be examined by flogging, to find out why they were shouting against him like this.

After all, the secular dude tasked with keeping the Peace cannot fathom the intensity of the mobs rage

But Rome protects their own....to a fault (so long as Cheezer hasn't singled ya'll out)
29 So those who were about to examine him withdrew from him immediately, and the tribune also was afraid, for he realized that Paul was a Roman citizen and that he had bound him.

Oops

What the apostate church will have for the faithful in The Endtimes
Paul and the Roman Tribune
Acts 22:22-23 (ESV)
22 Up to this word they listened to him. Then they raised their voices and said, "Away with such a fellow from the earth! For he should not be allowed to live." 23 And as they were shouting and throwing off their cloaks and flinging dust into the air


Grace and Peace until Judgment Day

Paul had confidence in God and His plan despite trying circumstances. I must continue to grow in Him and continually nurture and display that confidence, as well.

For me to fully understand this Scripture, I had to continue reading through Acts 23. This Scripture is religious/racial and political.

The people didn't seem to have a problem with Paul until he told them that God told him to leave them (the Jews) and go to the Gentiles. This would be like a Cardinal telling the Catholic church that God told him to leave the Catholic Church and go to the Muslims. Talk about an international media sensation, Christians (Catholics and Protestants) around the world would be talking about it for days, strongly disliking him. In the case of the Scripture, they wanted Paul killed.

The government had no problem with letting the people kill Paul until they find out that Paul is a Roman citizen. Major oops. It would be like Puerto Rico arresting someone without cause to find out the person is an American. Not a good thing.

I really enjoyed reading Acts 23. It is so typical of people today. The people present are the Pharisees and Sadducees. Both are united with the idea of killing Paul....until Paul's words identified the difference of beliefs between the Pharisees and Sadducees. Then the Pharisees and Sadducees started fighting among themselves.

It appears we read and believe the stories in the Bible. We can see why the things people did were wrong, but we can't see we live the same stories.

At present, my husband and I are in a situation where spiritual abuse is being directed our way by our Senior Pastor. It would be so easy to act in anger and become bitter. Instead, we have organized a prayer team around us and gone to those who would guide us in how to respond in a Christ like manner. I am a control freak. Our future in the hands of another that has been abusive has created unbelievable stress and sadness for me. But as a couple, we have decided to stand for what is right and true for the teens and people of our church. An incredible peace that I cannot explain has filled my very being. “Be anxious about nothing, but in prayer and petition, present your requests to God. And the peace of God will transcend all understanding and guard your heart and mind in Him”. I will trust no matter what. I will stand on His Word. I will continue to pray that God’s will prevail. I will act in a Christ like manner. This is how I will stand firm.

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