Acts Chapter 26

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Acts 26

1 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Thou art permitted to speak for thyself. Then Paul stretched forth the hand, and answered for himself:

2 I think myself happy, king Agrippa, because I shall answer for myself this day before thee touching all the things whereof I am accused of the Jews:

3 Especially because I know thee to be expert in all customs and questions which are among the Jews: wherefore I beseech thee to hear me patiently.

4 My manner of life from my youth, which was at the first among mine own nation at Jerusalem, know all the Jews;

5 Which knew me from the beginning, if they would testify, that after the most straitest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.

6 And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made of God, unto our fathers:

7 Unto which promise our twelve tribes, instantly serving God day and night, hope to come. For which hope’s sake, king Agrippa, I am accused of the Jews.

8 Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead?

9 I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.

10 Which thing I also did in Jerusalem: and many of the saints did I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them.

11 And I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them even unto strange cities.

12 Whereupon as I went to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief priests,

13 At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me and them which journeyed with me.

14 And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

15 And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.

16 But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee;

17 Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee,

18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.

19 Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision:

20 But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.

21 For these causes the Jews caught me in the temple, and went about to kill me.

22 Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come:

23 That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto the people, and to the Gentiles.

24 And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad.

25 But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness.

26 For the king knoweth of these things, before whom also I speak freely: for I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him; for this thing was not done in a corner.

27 King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets? I know that thou believest.

28 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.

29 And Paul said, I would to God, that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I am, except these bonds.

30 And when he had thus spoken, the king rose up, and the governor, and Bernice, and they that sat with them:

31 And when they were gone aside, they talked between themselves, saying, This man doeth nothing worthy of death or of bonds.

32 Then said Agrippa unto Festus, This man might have been set at liberty, if he had not appealed unto Caesar.

48 thoughts on “Acts Chapter 26

  1. Acs 26:21
    For these causes the Jews caught me in the temple and went about to kill me.

    We must thank god everyday even the Jews as well for god is faithful and is greatly to be praised in Jesus name . More Jesus Amen

  2. “Whereupon as I went to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief priests, At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me and them which journeyed with me.”
    ‭‭Acts‬ ‭26:12-13‬ ‭
    just when you think you got life figure out .
    Just when you think you found your purpose .
    Just when you think you got it going on .
    Just when you think and then Got finds you on the road and give you different direction .

  3. Once again in reading this chapter, it reminded me that we must stand our ground and share what we believe with whomever the Lord puts in our path. Lord help us to see the hungry souls and not just walk away as the caption for this chapter in the MSG read “I Couldn’t Just Walk Away”. Lord help me to reach a friend, a neighbor, an acquaintance, a family member, a coworker, or the lady I see every morning making her usual route in walking. Let them see You, hear You, feel You as You give me the words to speak to them in Jesus name.

  4. 28 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.

    29 And Paul said, I would to God, that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I am, except these bonds.

    30 And when he had thus spoken, the king rose up, and the governor, and Bernice, and they that sat with them:

    31 And when they were gone aside, they talked between themselves, saying, This man doeth nothing worthy of death or of bonds.

    32 Then said Agrippa unto Festus, This man might have been set at liberty, if he had not appealed unto Caesar.

    Agrippa said he almost was ready to become a Christian, the story of almost had happened to lots of people. Almost a Christian is not enough we must be born again and become a true Christian.
    Festus said Paul was mad or crazy over his message that he delivered unto his accusers. People think we are mad when we tell everyone about the works of God, but God does still work miracles in our day!

  5. I think myself happy, king Agrippa, because I shall answer for myself this day before thee touching all the things whereof I am accused of the Jews.

    Paul kept his head up and was given yet another opportunity to witness and share his testimony. King Agrippa even said “thou almost persuadest me to be a Christian.”
    Be of good cheer even when times are tough. You never know who’s life you can touch with the words that come out of your mouth.

  6. 24 And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad.
    28 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.
    31 And when they were gone aside, they talked between themselves, saying, This man doeth nothing worthy of death or of bonds.
    32 Then said Agrippa unto Festus, This man might have been set at liberty, if he had not appealed unto Caesar.

    This 4.5′ man must of had a way with words, to have been able to almost convert King Agrippa. We must be very careful, for situations make us may be take some decisions that might not be necessary or it is not what God wants us to do. God. All decisions should be brought up to God in prayer and supplication. If we still haven’t been able to find an answer or discern God’s plan in our lives it is probably better to remain still and wait. Here you see the perfect example for King Agrippa tells us that He must likely would of been declared innocent if only he wouldn’t have asked to see Caesar. Let’s never begin anything without speaking and hearing back from God. In Jesus Name. AMEN.

  7. 31. And when they were gone aside, they talked between themselves, saying, This man doeth nothing worthy of death or of bonds.
    32. Then said Agrippa unto Festus, This man might have been set at liberty, if he had not appealed unto Caesar.

    I am reminded of when another man was before the authorities, found innocent and not set free, but sent to be judged further…

    Luke 23:4, 7 KJV
    4. Then said Pilate to the chief priests and to the people, I find no fault in this man.
    7. And as soon as he knew that he belonged unto Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who himself also was at Jerusalem at that time.

  8. 1 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Thou art permitted to speak for thyself. Then Paul stretched forth the hand, and answered for himself:

    2 I think myself happy, king Agrippa, because I shall answer for myself this day before thee touching all the things whereof I am accused of the Jews

    We should be prepared and glad when we are given the opportunity to share our faith and belief in Jesus with others.

  9. I think myself happy!

    2 I think myself happy, king Agrippa, because I shall answer for myself this day before thee touching all the things whereof I am accused of the Jews:

    It’s always a happy occasion to testify of the goodness of God. Paul said “I shall answer for myself” All of our lives are a testimony. We can do nothing without God. Yet, when we live a life of integrity and obedience to the Word of God, we magnify our testimony above others.

    The drunk, thief, and lier can all say “God is good He blessed me today and woke me up.” The man that can quote the Bible from cover to cover yet lives a double life can also stand up and testify.

    Yet, there are some that can say as Paul ” I can answer for myself” or every fiber of my life is worthy to be called a testimony. Paul did not pick and chose what he would obey but after his encounter with God he was transformed.

    The goodness of God + a life of integrity

    • I gave Tristan’s testimony to his school director and all his teachers. Not a dry eye in the room. God is good and I will think myself happy, no matter what my reality speaks, my testimony will resound greater! What a great God we have, and he deserves great praise! —L. Castillo

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    32 Then said Agrippa unto Festus, This man might have been set at liberty, if he had not appealed unto Caesar.

    King Agrippa made this statement not fully understanding that Festus beforehand had tried to send Paul to be judged in Jerusalem. They would have killed Paul had he not appealed to Caesar. Not only that, but Paul had a destiny. The New Testament was mostly written while Paul was in captivity.

  11. MORE TRUTH

    25 But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness.
    26 For the king knoweth of these things, before whom also I speak freely: for I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him; for this thing was not done in a corner.

    Paul given the opportunity, spoke TRUTH about JESUS. Verse 2 indicates that Paul was excited and happy about the opportunity to speak TRUTH for himself; knowing that nobody can share your testimony like you.

    The zeal and courage of Paul was confusing to Festus and Agrippa. Festus was provoked and Agrippa was convicted; however neither would allow their personal feelings to be influenced by the TRUTH that Paul spoke concerning JESUS.

    My prayer is that the LORD JESUS would lead us to people that are willing to hear TRUTH about JESUS

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  12. 2 I think myself happy, king Agrippa, because I shall answer for myself this day before thee touching all the things whereof I am accused of the Jews:

    Every day I try to remember and say to myself, happiness is not just an emotion that is out of our control and that goes where the wind blows, changng with every circumstance that hits us in our lives, but happiness is a life style and it’s how we should live.

    When we feel happy, as an emtion, it’s automatic trigger in our brain, or it’s an involuntary action that our brain performs. In other words, it’s something we don’t have to think about, just like when we breath or when our heart beats. But this scripture tells us to “think” ourselves happy.

    So I think this means that we need to make it habit to make ourselves happy, no matter what our involuntary emotions are telling us at the time, we should be trying to think ourselves happy despite the circumstances around us.

    And if we think on the ways of the Lord and we think about his kingdom then he will help us in being happy. This same Paul when he was stuck in prison sent his praises to God and delivered him from that situation and he he helped him to be happy despite his circumstance and that is something we all need.

  13. 16 ‘Now get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen and will see of me.

    Amen Jesus is speaking to us to stand up on our feet on solid ground to be able to do the great and greater things that He did to others. Praying and testifying to others of how powerful God is will help reach those that are under the power of the devil and to help them see the light. The light of hope some people don’t think there is, the light of wisdom, light of love, knowledge, but over all relationship with our Lord Jesus!!!! Ever since I come to POFW my faith has grown incredibly and I have seen things that I have never seen before. Even though no one invited us here, but found the church by the website I know God has places us here for a reason…to be able to know Him and not just know about Him!!!! Jesus is my everything!!!!! Like I heard in NAYC some people are not hungry but starving for a touch of my Lord Jesus!!!!!!

  14. 14 And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

    In Acts 9:5 the phrase ” it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks” is not found in the older, more reliable Greek manuscripts, but it is found in this scripture. It was not uncommon for scribes and transcriptionist to match things up or “interpret” hard to understand texts and write them in a less ambiguous or easier way.

  15. 22 But God has protected me right up to this present time so I can testify to everyone, from the least to the greatest…

    We get caught up in our own daily lives and plans, when His Will for us is to testify and witness to others. From the least to the greatest, share the good news!

  16. 32 Then said Agrippa unto Festus, This man might have been set at liberty, if he had not appealed unto Caesar.

    Sometimes going to the main boss isn’t the way to go, sometimes a manager or assistant manager knows the answer and or can help you out or even talk to the main boss for you. The hand doesn’t talk to the head directly, it first has to go through the arm and shoulder and the neck before reaching the head.

  17. 22 Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come:

    Obtaining the knowledge and wisdom from God, Paul was accountable from before he was converted until now speaking before King Agrippa of the happenings in his life and his conversion from sinner to saint.

    That same help from God is what each of us need providing us the words and wisdom of what to say and how to say it to help open the eyes of those blinded by sin and carnality to see the same revelation of light Paul saw that changed his life. We cannot be intimidated by those around us. The same help that Paul received is available to us. The more we seek the Lord the more boldness we will find.

  18. Valuable Testimony
    Paul has had the opportunity to share his testimony with a great many normal people. Now, he has shared his testimony with rulers and kings and found to be innocent in their sight. Can we say the same? If we were brought before the rulers of this land and were asked our complete and honest testimony would we be found blameless?

    Paul did not hide the fact he was a cruel person at one time. He shared the facts of his past and conversion. What if we had the opportunity to stand in the highest court in our land and defend the name of Jesus?

  19. 4 My manner of life from my youth, which was at the first among mine own nation at Jerusalem, know all the Jews;

    5 Which knew me from the beginning, if they would testify, that after the most straitest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.

    Paul had a testimony that he was known from his youth to be a Pharisee but after an encounter with God, proclaimed Jesus. Change is hard for people in whatever denomination yet it’s hard to argue with God given instructions. Each born again Christian has a similar testimony of who they were before and after an encounter with God! Now we must do like Paul & tell it to whoever we can.

  20. 22 But God has protected me right up to this present time so I can testify to everyone, from the least to the greatest. I teach nothing except what the prophets and Moses said would happen (NLT)

    The KJV says, “Having therefore obtained help of God.” We all need the help of God, we cannot make it on our own. If we seek to do the will of God, um hello, you kind of need God there with you, leading you, calling you, protecting you. Use us Lord and let us realize that we are nothing without You, we can’t move, walk or having our being without You Jesus!

  21. 2 I think myself happy, king Agrippa, because I shall answer for myself this day before thee touching all the things whereof I am accused of the Jews:

    So many of us can quote this scripture but more than know it we need to make this verse true in out lives.

  22. 31 And when they were gone aside, they talked between themselves, saying, This man doeth nothing worthy of death or of bonds.
    32 Then said Agrippa unto Festus, This man might have been set at liberty, if he had not appealed unto Caesar.

    From prosecutor to prosecution.

    As we read in acts. We see Paul’s transformation. He once was the one who threw people in. Now he has been thrown in jail. What are we willing to sacrifice for the ministry?

  23. 8 Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead?

    9 I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.

    Why are so many of us surprised when God does miricles? Miricles are stated time and time again in the bible, yet when they happen before our eyes its hard for us to believe. We serve the same God that did miricles back then and he is still doing them today!!

  24. 16 But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee;

    The Lord is telling us to get up and stand for him for the Lords glory. And when you get up for him you would be a minister and witness of the lord and because you stand up and the Lord will be there for you

  25. 8 Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead?

    9 I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.

    10 Which thing I also did in Jerusalem: and many of the saints did I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them.

    11 And I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them even unto strange cities.

    12 Whereupon as I went to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief priests,

    13 At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me and them which journeyed with me.

    14 And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

    15 And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.

    16 But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee;

    17 Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee,

    18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.

    It don’t matter who you are , what you did , when you did it ,where you did it if your black organge yellow or pink God can still use you there’s no sin that God will love you less for he’s the same God yesterday today’s and forever more .

  26. 27 King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets? I know that thou believest.

    28 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.

    So many can hear and fully understand the truth but they refuse to believe. They rather impress the people around them and keep their status then believe

  27. Acts 26:19
    “Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision.”

    So Thankful for Pastor & Sis. Watts who had a Vision of winning souls and Impacting Lives in the city of Fort Worth for the kingdom of God. So Thankful that they were Obedient to the Vision.
    Now we must grasp hold of that Vision and help.
    We cannot keep this great Gospel to ourselves. 2 Cor. 4:3 says, “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost.”

    So, NOW is the time to Grasp Hold of the Vision and Share the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

  28. 2 I think myself happy, king Agrippa, because I shall answer for myself this day before thee touching all the things whereof I am accused of the Jews:

    Paul thinks himself happy because he was given the opportunity to defend himself and shine for God. Which is exactly what he did. Paul explains how he had a past that wasn’t proud of, but God chose him to be his servant. He chose to stop sinning and turn to God, thank you Lord for allowing me to serve you.

  29. NLT 9 After saying this, he was taken up into a cloud while they were watching, and they could no longer see him. 10 As they strained to see him rising into heaven, two white-robed men suddenly stood among them. 11“Men of Galilee,” they said, “why are you standing here staring into heaven? Jesus has been taken from you into heaven, but someday he will return from heaven in the same way you saw him go!”

    I can only imagine Jesus disappearing in the sky. Just like when we look up and see an airplane, balloon or bird slowly disappearing into the thin blue sky.

    Spiritually, this is how some have allowed Jesus to disappear from their life. They have allowed their carnal side to take over, and Jesus slowly disappeared and they never really realized he was gone over time.

    God, always let me see you at all times, allow me to see and feel your presence at all times. I always want to know you are their for me, when I call out your name, and you hear me calling you. God, I want to see MORE of you, and not just as a little speck in the sky…

  30. Acts 26:6 (KJV Strong’s)
    6 And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made of God unto our fathers:

    As I sat in my vehicle yesterday with pain coursing through my body. The intensity seemed to only increase. It felt like fire across my chest and I just knew I was moments from death.

    However a dream crossed my mind. A dream that the Lord has imbedded into my spirit. I thought of the prophetic words of my future calling. I remembered the trials, challenges, and tests that have brought me this far. The dream is too real to let go.

    I can’t die yet. I have a dream. I have a purpose. God has called me.

    Paul also had been given a dream, and a promise. He was partaker of the promise given to the prophets of old and was being tried for partaking in the fulfillment of this. Paul stood no matter what.

    I resolve to stand no matter what. I believe God has something in store for our family. It was his hand that prevented a car from hitting me, and stayed the crushing of the vehicle.

    To God be the glory. I’m not giving up on the promise.

  31. 20 But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.
    We should always repent and turn to God everyday. Thats tge only way to be saved!

  32. Acts 26
    This persecutor- turned-apostel stood before kings, governors, and the religious power structures of the day. His enemies accused him, imprisoned him, beat him , and threatened him with death. He traveled thousands of miles and through all of this, Paul never failed vigorously and courageously defend and preach the gospel of Jesus Christ.
    When he stood in front of king Agrippa, I can imagen him been annoited by the Holy Ghost and had strategy and nearly converted King Agrippa.

    By the way the he spoke to the King in verses 1-29 he described his motives as pure and constructive and the passion and his obedience to God.

    I pray to God that we can face sircumtances like Paul with Courage!

  33. 1 Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Thou art permitted to speak for thyself. Then Paul stretched forth the hand, and answered for himself:

    2 I think myself happy, king Agrippa, because I shall answer for myself this day before thee touching all the things whereof I am accused of the Jews:

    3 Especially because I know thee to be expert in all customs and questions which are among the Jews: wherefore I beseech thee to hear me patiently.

    4 My manner of life from my youth, which was at the first among mine own nation at Jerusalem, know all the Jews;

    5 Which knew me from the beginning, if they would testify, that after the most straitest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee.
    I think myself happy; We must in all situations try to think our self happy I believe that help us alone

  34. “Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.” Agrippa received the word of God (Jesus) from the man of God, and made his own choice. One can, and one should witness, and speak truth; however one should not be discouraged for all have been given free will too choose. Dear God, let me be mindful and wise enough to choose you, daily; “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done”. “In God we trust”. What a mighty God we serve! Thank God for his word. God bless America, Jerusalem, and you all in Jesus name, Amen!

  35. 2 I think myself happy, king Agrippa, because I shall answer for myself this day before thee touching all the things whereof I am accused of the Jews:

    Sometimes that is all you can do, think yourself happy . Your mind tells you body what todo and how to feel so if you convince your mind your happy then the rest will follow. Just as the thought provokes an action. Your mind can either trap you or set you free.

  36. 18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.

    What a powerful commission! To think that we were all called in the same Holy calling. Do you believe in Jesus? Is your life congruent to the text, these signs will follow them that believe?

    Do your acts testify that you believe?

  37. “But Agrippa did answer: “Keep this up much longer and you’ll make a Christian out of me!””
    ‭‭Acts‬ ‭26:28‬ ‭MSG

    If we keep on imagine the lives changed! We can’t give up on the world around us. We must pray, we must outreach to others, we must continue on this journey God has placed in front of us.

  38. “I think myself happy, king Agrippa, because I shall answer for myself this day before thee touching all the things whereof I am accused of the Jews:”
    ‭‭Acts‬ ‭26:2‬ ‭KJV‬‬

    Even though the pressures of life have come over me, I can still think myself happy.

  39. See if Paul wouldn’t appealed to Caesar as I previously mentioned. He wouldn’t have been held or sent to Caesar.

  40. 2 I think myself happy, king Agrippa, because I shall answer for myself this day before thee touching all the things whereof I am accused of the Jews:

    I keep reading this verse over and over again and wonder how can he continue to focus on being happy? How is he not scared or distracted? He is under the microscope of religious leaders and the goverment. They all want him dead. They want to take away the one thing that keeps him going. Ministry. Hezekiah said it best; how can death praise you? It can’t. He is accused, marked as an evil, blasphemous person and the worst part is they don’t really even want to hear his side. It doesn’t matter what he says because they plan to kill him anyways. He ultimately in their eyes is doomed with no hope. Paul has to think himself happy, he isn’t saying he’s happy emotionally, but that he is happy to give his testimony. Paul may not have been a perfect man, because like us he was human but he stood tall in the mist of opposition.

  41. 8 Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead?

    Sometimes that’s the mentality in which people see God. When we witness sometimes we need to raise the level of expectation. The question might be, how do we do that? Well first prayer and the Word is a way to get connected to the source of all power. We have to be filled and increase our personal faith. And the next opportunity we get we will share our testimony with greater faith. Look at what God has done for me and what he can do for you. God is able and we must build up some people’s faith. Let them know what all God is doing, not just done. But what he is, and can do.

  42. ““I too was convinced that I ought to do all that was possible to oppose the name of Jesus of Nazareth.”(‭Acts‬ ‭26:9‬ ‭NIV)

    Before his conversion, Paul believed he must persecute the followers of Jesus. Some he imprisoned, some were put to death, and some he forced them to renounce Jesus.When we are convinced about something that hasn’t been done when we were told to do it and never did it well it’s like if our father command us to do something for him I ought jump up and agree with whatever he told us to do because I wouldn’t want to be that person that gets punsished for not obey Gods command when he asks us to do it!!!

  43. “And the barbarous people shewed us no little kindness: for they kindled a fire, and received us every one, because of the present rain, and because of the cold.” The word of God stated they were treated kindly, which we also know Paul did eventually reach his destination. One should never be judgmental of anyone or fearful of any situation, for Jesus the Lord of all is in control. Dear God, let me never forget you are all powerful and you are in control; “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done”. “In God we trust”. What a mighty God we serve! Thank God for his word. God bless America, Jerusalem, and you all in Jesus name, Amen!

  44. “But God has protected me right up to this present time so I can testify to everyone, from the least to the greatest. I teach nothing except what the prophets and Moses said would happen— that the Messiah would suffer and be the first to rise from the dead, and in this way announce God’s light to Jews and Gentiles alike.””
    Acts of the Apostles 26:22-23 NLT

    Thankful for Gods protection. And that protection comes when we are under his authority and submitted to him

  45. Act 26:24 — Act 26:25
    As Paul was saying these things in his defense, Festus exclaimed loudly, “You have lost your mind, Paul! Your great learning is driving you insane!”
    But Paul replied, “I have not lost my mind, most excellent Festus, but am speaking true and rational words.

    When we are living a Godly life and doing what the Word of God teaches, society will not understand, yes we may criticised, ridiculed and they might say we are crazy, but it is up to us to stand up and be bold and tell the truth, which is the Word of God.

  46. The Bonds

    29 And Paul said, I would to God, that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I am, except these bonds.

    There are some things in life that are just difficult, bad situations. However, our hope in Christ is not that all things will be good but that all things will work together for our good. What is redemption is there is no salvaging needed in salvation? Bad situations can be transformed into agents of positive influence in our life when we allow God to do with them as He will. Not every situation needs to be “fixed” and not everything needs to be twisted and contorted until we can try to make it look good. Paul didn’t try to glorify his bonds to make them out to be some badge of honor in the Kingdom. He acknowledged that they were something negative, but his focus was not on the negative. It’s God’s part to transform both us and our situations to fulfill His will, it’s our job simply to let Him and share the good news of what He has done.

    Hebrews 13:21
    Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

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