Tag: Acts 21-23

Powerful personal testimony!

Scripture reading for November 14th: Acts 21-23

Have you had a life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ?  The word of God tells us that we overcome the accuser, Satan, by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony!  (Revelation 12:11)  Sharing your testimony is a powerful thing.  It does something in you and something to overcome the enemy of our souls in others who hear.  Many have been won to the Lord through the power of a testimony!

Paul had gone to Jerusalem for the feast of Pentecost and had taken Trophimus the Ephesian with him.  He went through the temple purification rites for seven days and went to the temple to verify the appropriate offerings had been made.  Some Jews from the province of Asia saw Paul and Trophimus and began to stir up a riot.  They aroused the city and men seized Paul, drug him out of the temple, and began to beat him intending to kill him!  They felt Paul had violated their religious rules.

The Roman guards heard the commotion and stopped the beating, putting Paul in chains.  The commotion of the crowd was so great that they had to literally  carry Paul back to the barracks.  The crowd was shouting, “Away with him!”  (Acts 21:33-36)  Paul asked the commander of the guard for permission to speak to the crowd.  He gave him permission and Paul addressed the crowd in Aramaic, their Jewish native language.

Paul simply shared his testimony.  These were his people and quite likely some of the same people who had earlier demanded the death of Jesus Christ.  Paul told this hostile crowd of his own anger against Christ and His followers.  (Acts 22:3-5)   He told them of his encounter with Jesus on the Damascus road and how he was struck blind.  He told them of his healing and how he was called by Jesus to go to the Gentiles.  At this point, the crowd turned on him again and demanded his death!

Paul, himself, was touched by Stephen’s testimony on the day he was martyred! (Acts 22:20)  We see that our testimony helps others to relate to us and us to them.   It offers us a way to share a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  Share your testimony with someone today as the Holy Spirit directs!

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The power of your testimony

Scripture reading for November 13th: Acts 21-23

Have you had a life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ?  Sharing your testimony is a powerful thing.  It does something in you and then does something to overcome the enemy of our souls in others who hear.  Many people have been won to the Lord through the power of a testimony!  We overcome by the blood of Jesus and the word of our testimony!

Paul had gone to Jerusalem for the feast of Pentecost and had taken Trophimus with him.  He went through the temple purification rites for seven days and went to the temple to verify the dates and times and appropriate offerings had been made.   Some Jews from the province of Asia saw Paul and Trophimus and began to stir up a riot.  They aroused the city and men came running from everywhere, seized Paul, drug him out of the temple and began to beat him, intending to kill him!

The Roman guards heard the commotion and stopped the beating, putting Paul in chains.  The commotion of the crowd was so great that they had to literally carry Paul back to the barracks.  The crowd was shouting, “Away with him!”  (Acts 21:33-36)  Paul asked the commander of the guard for permission to speak to the crowd and he was allowed to speak.

Paul simply shared his testimony.  These were quite likely some of the same Jews who had earlier demanded the death of Jesus Christ.   In sharing his testimony, Paul told this hostile crowd about his own anger against Christ and His followers.  (Acts 22:3-5) He told them about his encounter with Jesus on the Damascus road and how he was struck blind.  Jesus spoke to him, confronting his sin.  He told them of his healing and his call by the Lord to go to the Gentiles.  At this point, the crowd turned on him again and demanded his death!

Our testimony helps others to relate to us and us to them.   It offers us a way to share a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  The results are always up to the Holy Spirit and may not appear positive at first!  Share your testimony with someone today as the Holy Spirit directs!   Your personal testimony has power to help others relate to you and understand how they can relate with Jesus too.

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Ready to Be Bound and Die!

Scripture reading for November 15th: Acts 21-23

As Paul headed back to Jerusalem, he was aware that the Spirit was telling him of dangers that awaited him.  He visited brothers at Tyre while his ship was unloading cargo.  These brothers urged him by the Spirit not to go to Jerusalem.  (Acts 21:4)  He continued on his journey by ship to Caesarea, staying at the house of Philip the evangelist.  Philip was one of the original seven deacons.  While visiting there for a few days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea and gave Paul a prophetic word.  He took Paul’s belt and tied his own hands and feet before speaking. “The Holy Spirit says, ‘In this way the Jews of Jerusalem will bind the owner of this belt and will hand him over to the Gentiles.” (Acts 21:11)  We must ask ourselves why Paul did not heed these warnings or words of knowledge.  Did God give these words to keep Paul from the coming trouble?  Did God give these words to confirm to Paul what was going to happen that he would need to endure to fulfill plans God had given him?

Many people pleaded with Paul not to go to Jerusalem.  Paul answered them, “Why are you weeping and breaking my heart?  I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”  When he would not be dissuaded, we gave up and said, “The Lord’s will be done.” (Acts 21:13-14)  Paul evidently had heard from the Lord about his assignment and would not give in to man’s pressure to save himself.  The people recognized it to be the Lord’s will and yielded to that.

Paul’s journey to Jerusalem reminds us of Jesus Christ and His final journey to Jerusalem before the crucifixion.  Jesus knew that He was going to be arrested and crucified.  He wrestled with this mission, but prayed that God’s will would be done, not His!  (Luke 22:42-44)  Jesus submitted His will to the Father’s will, being even willing to die for those who would mistreat Him!  When we submit ourselves to God for His purposes, our lives are not ours to spend, but belong to God.  He will use us for His kingdom purposes and reward us eternally for our obedience!  What a wonderful example we have in both Jesus Christ and the Apostle Paul!

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The Power of Your Testimony

Scripture reading for November 14th: Acts 21-23

Have you had a life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ?  Did it impact your life?  The word of God tells us that we overcome the accuser, Satan, by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony!  (Revelation 12:11)  So sharing your testimony is a powerful thing.  It does something in you and then does something to overcome the enemy of our souls in others who hear.  Many people have been won to the Lord through the power of a testimony!  In today’s reading, the Apostle Paul shares his testimony of his encounter with Jesus on the Damascus road.

Paul had gone to Jerusalem for the feast of Pentecost and had taken Trophimus the Ephesian with him.  He went through the temple purification rites for seven days and went to the temple to verify the dates and times and appropriate offerings had been made.  There, some Jews from the province of Asia saw Paul and Trophimus and began to stir up a riot.  They aroused the city and men came running from everywhere, seized Paul and drug him out of the temple, and began to beat him, intending to kill him!  Religion and tradition can cause people to become irrational, particularly when Jesus is present or preached!

The Roman guards heard the commotion and stopped the beating, putting Paul in chains.  The commotion of the crowd was so great that they had to literally  carry Paul back to the barracks.  The crowd was shouting, “Away with him!”  (Acts 21:33-36)  Paul asked the commander of the guard for permission to speak to the crowd.  He gave him permission and Paul addressed the crowd in Aramaic, their Jewish native language.

Paul then simply shared with this crowd of Jews his testimony.  These were his people and quite likely some of the same people who had earlier demanded the death of Jesus Christ.  Many were likely their descendants for this was over twenty years later!  In sharing his testimony, Paul told this hostile crowd of his own anger against Christ and His followers.  (Acts 22:3-5)  He could identify with their anger because he used to be there.  He told them of his encounter with Jesus on the Damascus road and how he was struck blind and Jesus spoke to him, giving him instructions.  He told them of his healing and then his call by the Lord to go to the Gentiles.  At this point, the crowd turned on him again and demanded his death!

What can we learn from Paul’s example of sharing a testimony?  We see that Paul, himself, was touched by Stephen’s testimony on the day he was martyred! (Acts 22:20)  We see that our testimony helps others to relate to us and us to them.   It offers us a way to share a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  The results are always up to the Holy Spirit and it may not appear positive at first!  Share your testimony with someone today as the Holy Spirit directs!

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