Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | December 23, 2019

“Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you”

Today’s devotion comes from Acts chapter 25.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+25&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“So, on the next day when Agrippa came together with Bernice amid great pomp, and entered the auditorium accompanied by the commanders and the prominent men of the city, at the command of Festus, Paul was brought in.  Festus *said, “King Agrippa, and all you gentlemen here present with us, you see this man about whom all the people of the Jews appealed to me, both at Jerusalem and here, loudly declaring that he ought not to live any longer.  But I found that he had committed nothing worthy of death;  and since he himself appealed to the Emperor, I decided to send him.  Yet I have nothing definite about him to write to my lord.  Therefore I have brought him before you all and especially before you, King Agrippa, so that after the investigation has taken place, I may have something to write.  For it seems absurd to me in sending a prisoner, not to indicate also the charges against him.”  Acts 25:23-27.

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Paul’s experiences were prophesied by Jesus.

“But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and will persecute you, delivering you to the synagogues and prisons, bringing you before kings and governors for My name’s sake.  It will lead to an opportunity for your testimony.  So make up your minds not to prepare beforehand to defend yourselves;  for I will give you utterance and wisdom which none of your opponents will be able to resist or refute.”  Luke 21:12-15.

Paul was rescued by Claudius Lysias the Roman commander who delivered him to Felix the governor who was succeeded by Festus who presented him to King Agrippa.

At different times, Paul was given opportunities to testify in front of them all and others in attendance.

Despite the opportunities of the Jews to bring charges against him, (see, for example Acts 25:15), Paul was able to resist and refute them to the point that Festus concluded:  “For it seems absurd to me in sending a prisoner, not to indicate also the charges against him.”  Verse 27.

“No weapon that is formed against you will prosper;
And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD,
And their vindication is from Me,” declares the LORD.”  Isaiah 54:17.

“10 ‘Do not fear, for I am with you;
Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, surely I will help you,
Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
11 “Behold, all those who are angered at you will be shamed and dishonored;
Those who contend with you will be as nothing and will perish.
12 “You will seek those who quarrel with you, but will not find them,
Those who war with you will be as nothing and non-existent.
13 “For I am the LORD your God, who upholds your right hand,
Who says to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you.’”  Isaiah 41:10-13.


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