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Paul’s appeal to Caesar!

Scripture reading for July 7th: Acts 25:1-27

After two years in jail awaiting a decision from governor Felix,  Festus replaced Felix and was again approached by the Jews to have Paul brought to Jerusalem for a trial.  They again had plans to ambush him and kill him as he was being transported.  Old habits die hard!   I wonder how the men with the vow had gone without eating or drinking for that amount of time!  (Acts 23:21)

Festus again set a time for a trial and invited the Jews to come and press charges at the court in Caesarea.  Again the Jews made charges that they could not prove.  Paul again reiterated that he had done nothing against their law, temple or against Caesar.  (Acts 25:8)  Again, Festus asked Paul if he were willing to go to Jerusalem to face their charges.  Paul declined and because he was a Roman citizen, appealed to Caesar!  Festus granted his plea and the Jews went away empty-handed!  Paul’s call to preach at Rome had been granted with an all-expense paid trip there!

As the details were being worked out, King Agrippa and his wife Bernice came by Caesarea to visit Festus.  They discussed Paul’s situation and the King asked to hear Paul.  Festus arranged this meeting for he hoped to have some better charges to accompany Paul to give to Caesar.

We can see how patience is required of God’s servants as God works out details and brings about His purposes.  Where God guides, He provides!  He had planned and revealed to Paul that he would stand before the Gentiles and their kings.  (Acts 9:15)   He would also stand as a witness to the nation of Israel.  In confronting the leaders of the Sanhedrin before the court of Felix and now Festus, Paul had opportunity to share the Gospel and his testimony of God’s saving grace in his own life.  Some were saved and others were lost because of their hard hearts.

Are you patiently waiting and praying for every opportunity to share the Gospel?  Do you complain when things don’t go as you hoped or seem to try your patience?  Ask God to show you how to listen to Him and fulfill your calling in the midst of the trying circumstances!   God knows every detail of our lives and will work them out for our good and His glory!

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Close encounters with conversion

Scripture reading for November 14th: Acts 24-26

Are you focused on your mission of taking Jesus Christ with you today wherever you go?  Are you ready to share your testimony and share the Gospel?  We are to bring close encounters with Jesus to others in a lost world!

The Apostle Paul visited Jerusalem even though he had been warned prophetically about ending up in jail.  (Acts 21:10-14)  Angry Jews falsely accused Paul and he was imprisoned in Caesarea under the Roman governor Felix.  Jews from Jerusalem came there to present their case against Paul with a lawyer named Tertullus.  The charges had no proof and Paul, with the help of the Holy Spirit, spoke convincingly to Felix.  Later, Felix and his wife asked to have Paul brought before him for a private audience.  Paul preached the Gospel and sought to convince Felix that Jesus was the “Way” for him as well.  (Acts 24:24-26)  Scripture records that Felix became afraid and cut Paul off.  His real motive was a bribe!  Money blinded Felix and his wife from finding the true treasure of eternal life in Jesus Christ!

Two years passed and a new governor, Porcius Festus, was appointed.  The Jews came before him to have Paul transferred to Jerusalem for trial.  They planned to kill him as he was being transferred.  (Acts 25:3)  Again, Paul spoke by the Holy Spirit and appealed to Caesar.    (Acts 25:10-12)

Royal visitors, King Herod Agrippa and his wife Bernice, arrived to pay respects to Porcius Festus.  They stayed a few days and Festus told Agrippa about Paul’s case that he had inherited from Felix.  Agrippa asked to hear from Paul.  The leading men of the city, high-ranking officers, and King Agrippa and his wife had Paul brought in chained as a prisoner.  Paul was invited to speak to the King in front of all these!  He passionately appealed to the King, preaching Jesus as the Christ!  The King listened carefully, but in the end stopped the discussion with: “Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?” (Acts 26:28)

The heart is deceptive and often has satanic blinders to receiving the Gospel.   Many are like King Agrippa and his wife.  God granted them the  privilege of hearing the Gospel but the close encounter did not bring conversion or life eternal!  We must go all the way and embrace Jesus Christ as Lord!

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The Appeal to Caesar!

Scripture reading for July 7th: Acts 25:1-27

After two years in jail awaiting a decision from governor Felix,  Festus replaced Felix and was again approached by the Jews to have Paul brought to Jerusalem for a trial.  They again had plans to ambush him and kill him as he was being transported.  Old habits die hard!   I wonder how the men with the vow had gone without eating or drinking for that amount of time!  (Acts 23:21)

Festus again set a time for a trial and invited the Jews to come and press charges at the court in Caesarea.  Again the Jews made charges that they could not prove.  Paul again reiterated that he had done nothing against their law, temple or against Caesar.  (Acts 25:8)  Again, Festus asked Paul if he were willing to go to Jerusalem to face their charges.  Paul declined and because he was a Roman citizen, appealed to Caesar!  Festus granted his plea and the Jews went away empty-handed again!  Paul’s call to preach at Rome had been granted with an all-expense paid trip there!

As the details were being worked out, King Agrippa and his wife Bernice came by Caesarea to visit Festus.  They discussed Paul’s situation and the King asked to hear Paul.  Festus arranged this meeting for he hoped to have some better charges to accompany Paul to give to Caesar.

We can see how in all of this, patience is required of God’s servants as God works out details and brings about His purposes.  Where God guides, He provides!  He had planned and revealed to Paul that he would stand before the Gentiles and their kings.  (Acts 9:15)   He would also stand as a witness to the nation of Israel.  In confronting the leaders of the Sanhedrin before the court of Felix and now Festus, Paul had opportunity to share the Gospel and his testimony of God’s saving grace in his own life.  Some were saved and others were lost because of their hard hearts.

Are you patiently waiting and praying for every opportunity to share the Gospel?  Do you complain when things don’t go as you hoped or seem to try your patience?  Ask God to show you how to listen to Him and fulfill your calling in the midst of the trying circumstances!

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