Scripture reading for June 6th: Acts 23
Key Scriptures for over-comers: Acts 23:9-11 “There was a great uproar, and some of the teachers of the law who were Pharisees stood up and argued vigorously. “We find nothing wrong with this man,” they said. “What if a spirit or an angel has spoken to him?” The dispute became so violent that the commander was afraid Paul would be torn to pieces by them. He ordered the troops to go down and take him away from them by force and bring him into the barracks. The following night the Lord stood near Paul and said, “Take courage! As you have testified about Me in Jerusalem, so you must testify in Rome.”
Paul, the Apostle, found himself in the middle of a religious dispute that he had started by proclaiming that he was on trial because he believed in the resurrection from the dead. This belief in the supernatural brought conflict between the Pharisees and Sadducees that became violent. Troops had to rescue Paul and brought him to in their barracks. The next night, the Lord Jesus stood near Paul and encouraged him with a word of knowledge about his mission and the need for courage! God was in control and He would take Paul where He wanted the testimony of Jesus to be shared!
Observations for over-comers: God is faithful to His word and the promise to never leave or forsake His people! We can count on God standing by us, even if all others forsake us! “For the Lord loves the just and will not forsake His faithful ones. They will be protected forever, but the offspring of the wicked will be cut off; the righteous will inherit the land and dwell there forever.” (Psalm 37:28-29)