Good evening y’all. Today we are studying Acts 23.
Verse 1 and 11 were my fav verses from today’s reading.
Be blessed 🙂
In verse 1, we see Paul making a statement that he has fulfilled his duty to God in all good conscience.
“Paul looked straight at the Sanhedrin and said, “My brothers, I have fulfilled my duty to God in all good conscience to this day.”
(Acts 23:1 NIV)
Can we boldly declare the same? Do we know what our duty to God is? Are we serving Him in good conscience or with the wrong motive?
Paul when he encountered God on the road to Damascus, was told by God what his calling / duty was. God also confirmed it through Ananias. Paul ran with the calling. He refused to be distracted by anything else including persecution and jail term. He was focused on his calling.
God has a calling on each of our lives and I pray we find our calling and run with it. Like Paul, may we too be able to say we have fulfilled our duty to God with a good conscience. Amen
In verse 11, we see God appear to Paul at night to encourage him. Paul must have been feeling discouraged and weary from all the arguments and fighting he’s had to endure. God in His mercy showed up to encourage him and and remind him He is with him and that there is still work to do.
“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.”
(Acts 23:11 NIV)
Perhaps you are feeling discouraged and weary right now, be encouraged by God’s word to Paul. God is on your side, take courage. Joshua 1:9 says:
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
(Joshua 1:9 NIV)
So, take courage. It might seem very dark now but God is on your side and already has a way of escape planned for you. He will see you through and strengthen you. Keep the faith and keep going….
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Have a blessed evening basking in Gods goodness and glory 🙂
***With God all things are possible***