Acts 23:11 And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.
Have you ever wanted to begin a new project, start, or update a ministry, and then you run into someone who says; “NO, I do not think you ought to do that!” When asked why the response is similar to, “Well I just don’t, I do not like it.”
How frustrating it can be for a Pastor or leader to hear well-meaning individuals share what appears to be childlike feelings. It seems there is a lack of prayer and absolutely no Biblical reasoning behind this type of response. How do you help someone understand the scriptural relevance of something if they are not in the scripture? If they operate on feelings, how can you show them the truth in the word? If God is directing you to do something and someone says, “No, I just do not like it,” what do you do?
Prior to today’s verse, by about now in his service to the Lord, Paul must have felt this way. He finds himself in prison, facing possible execution, attacked on every side, and uncertain of what to do next. However, God came to him and said in essence, “You are not done yet; I have work for you to do in Rome.” Oh, how this must have brightened his day. Was he still being persecuted? Yes! Was he still incarcerated? Yes! Does he have any idea of how he is going to get out of this mess? Not really. Except, God said he was going to Rome. Therefore, he knew he was not done yet. They could now come at him with all their empty threats for he knew they could not kill him. Why, because God said, he was going to Rome. All he had to do is keep his eyes on God, follow His lead and he could not lose. God will win over man every time.
Are you facing a struggle in life? Do you know that where God’s leading you are scriptural? Are you claiming the promises of His Word and not just your own feeling? If you can answer yes to these questions, then take heart. God is not through with you yet. Believe the promises of God and move forward, because Jesus Never Fails.
THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Ezekiel 21 / Psalm 117 / Proverbs 18 / Acts 23
THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Ezekiel 1-4 / Hebrews 11
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Dr. Franklin J. Senters Th.D.
Founder and Executive Director