Today’s Bible reading is Acts chapter 23
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God led Paul to witness in Jerusalem. Many Spirit filled believers warned Paul about the danger he would face and did not want him to go. Paul felt compelled and convinced that God was calling him to witness in Jerusalem. He said, “I am ready to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” Sometimes we have to disappoint people in order to do what God has called us to do. Paul was determined to represent the name of Jesus in Jerusalem. After being arrested and mistreated, Paul was examined by the Jewish council. “And the night following the Lord stood by Him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.” (Acts 23:11). God’s presence must have been a great encouragement and comfort to Paul. The effectiveness of Paul’s witness could not be measured by the response there was to it. It was Paul’s faithfulness that pleased God.
Prayer: “Heavenly Father, lead us by Your Spirit, and empower us to witness about the name of Jesus Christ. And may we be faithful. In Jesus name. Amen.”
Randy J. McPheron