Scripture reading for June 8th: Acts 25
Key Scriptures for over-comers: Acts 25:1-3 “Three days after arriving in the province, Festus went up from Caesarea to Jerusalem, where the chief priest and Jewish leaders appeared before him and presented the charges against Paul. They urgently requested Festus, as a favor to them, to have Paul transferred to Jerusalem, for they were preparing an ambush to kill him along the way.”
Paul was imprisoned without facing trial for two years by Felix because he failed to give him a bribe! Felix kept him in jail to appease the Jews as well. Then a new governor took over and upon visiting Jerusalem, these same religious leaders again requested a “favor” of the governor. They asked that Paul come to Jerusalem for a trial. Their underlying plan was to kill Paul as he was traveling there because they knew they did not have a case! It is interesting how wicked the “religious” can be to get what they want. But God has His plans that will not be thwarted!
Observations for over-comers: Believers must realize that religion and politics are tools of the devil to bring fear and worry on God’s people. But God is in control, even though His timing is not always ours! “But I trust in You, O Lord; I say, “You are my God.” My times are in your hands; deliver me from my enemies and those who pursue me.” Let Your face shine on Your servant; save me in Your unfailing love.” (Psalms 31:14-16)