Acts Chapter 21

40 Days of FIRE – Day 20

Paul returns to Jerusalem despite the hardships that he knows he will face. Paul had an amazing resolve to seek God’s honor, even in difficult circumstances. Pray that you reflect Christ in every situation and learn to daily GO Seek Him for direction.

JESUS today YOU will SAVE me.

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Acts 21

And it came to pass, that after we were gotten from them, and had launched, we came with a straight course unto Coos, and the day following unto Rhodes, and from thence unto Patara:

And finding a ship sailing over unto Phenicia, we went aboard, and set forth.

Now when we had discovered Cyprus, we left it on the left hand, and sailed into Syria, and landed at Tyre: for there the ship was to unlade her burden.

And finding disciples, we tarried there seven days: who said to Paul through the Spirit, that he should not go up to Jerusalem.

And when we had accomplished those days, we departed and went our way; and they all brought us on our way, with wives and children, till we were out of the city: and we kneeled down on the shore, and prayed.

And when we had taken our leave one of another, we took ship; and they returned home again.

And when we had finished our course from Tyre, we came to Ptolemais, and saluted the brethren, and abode with them one day.

And the next day we that were of Paul’s company departed, and came unto Caesarea: and we entered into the house of Philip the evangelist, which was one of the seven; and abode with him.

And the same man had four daughters, virgins, which did prophesy.

10 And as we tarried there many days, there came down from Judaea a certain prophet, named Agabus.

11 And when he was come unto us, he took Paul’s girdle, and bound his own hands and feet, and said, Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.

12 And when we heard these things, both we, and they of that place, besought him not to go up to Jerusalem.

13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.

14 And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done.

15 And after those days we took up our carriages, and went up to Jerusalem.

16 There went with us also certain of the disciples of Caesarea, and brought with them one Mnason of Cyprus, an old disciple, with whom we should lodge.

17 And when we were come to Jerusalem, the brethren received us gladly.

18 And the day following Paul went in with us unto James; and all the elders were present.

19 And when he had saluted them, he declared particularly what things God had wrought among the Gentiles by his ministry.

20 And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord, and said unto him, Thou seest, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are which believe; and they are all zealous of the law:

21 And they are informed of thee, that thou teachest all the Jews which are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their children, neither to walk after the customs.

22 What is it therefore? the multitude must needs come together: for they will hear that thou art come.

23 Do therefore this that we say to thee: We have four men which have a vow on them;

24 Them take, and purify thyself with them, and be at charges with them, that they may shave their heads: and all may know that those things, whereof they were informed concerning thee, are nothing; but that thou thyself also walkest orderly, and keepest the law.

25 As touching the Gentiles which believe, we have written and concluded that they observe no such thing, save only that they keep themselves from things offered to idols, and from blood, and from strangled, and from fornication.

26 Then Paul took the men, and the next day purifying himself with them entered into the temple, to signify the accomplishment of the days of purification, until that an offering should be offered for every one of them.

27 And when the seven days were almost ended, the Jews which were of Asia, when they saw him in the temple, stirred up all the people, and laid hands on him,

28 Crying out, Men of Israel, help: This is the man, that teacheth all men every where against the people, and the law, and this place: and further brought Greeks also into the temple, and hath polluted this holy place.

29 (For they had seen before with him in the city Trophimus an Ephesian, whom they supposed that Paul had brought into the temple.)

30 And all the city was moved, and the people ran together: and they took Paul, and drew him out of the temple: and forthwith the doors were shut.

31 And as they went about to kill him, tidings came unto the chief captain of the band, that all Jerusalem was in an uproar.

32 Who immediately took soldiers and centurions, and ran down unto them: and when they saw the chief captain and the soldiers, they left beating of Paul.

33 Then the chief captain came near, and took him, and commanded him to be bound with two chains; and demanded who he was, and what he had done.

34 And some cried one thing, some another, among the multitude: and when he could not know the certainty for the tumult, he commanded him to be carried into the castle.

35 And when he came upon the stairs, so it was, that he was borne of the soldiers for the violence of the people.

36 For the multitude of the people followed after, crying, Away with him.

37 And as Paul was to be led into the castle, he said unto the chief captain, May I speak unto thee? Who said, Canst thou speak Greek?

38 Art not thou that Egyptian, which before these days madest an uproar, and leddest out into the wilderness four thousand men that were murderers?

39 But Paul said, I am a man which am a Jew of Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, a citizen of no mean city: and, I beseech thee, suffer me to speak unto the people.

40 And when he had given him licence, Paul stood on the stairs, and beckoned with the hand unto the people. And when there was made a great silence, he spake unto them in the Hebrew tongue, saying,

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53 thoughts on “Acts Chapter 21

  1. bas 30-31 And all the city was moved, and the people ran together: and they took Paul, and drew him out of the temple: and forthwith the doors were shut.
    And as they went about to kill him, tidings came into the chief captain of the band, that all Jerusalem was in an uproar.
    v 32 Who immediately took soldiers and centurions, and ran down unto them: and when they saw the chief captain and the soldiers, they left beating Paul.

    Each time that the power of GOD’S protection is upon us ,it brings glory unto HIS NAME!!! IT creates an opportunity for people that are watching to testify of HIM.

    GO be victorious
    GO Glorify GOD

  2. Verses 12-14 MSG “When we heard that, we and everyone there that day begged Paul not to be stubborn and persist in going to Jerusalem. But Paul wouldn’t budge: “Why all this hysteria? Why do you insist on making a scene and making it even harder for me? You’re looking at this backward. The issue in Jerusalem is not what they do to me, whether arrest or murder, but what the Master Jesus does through my obedience. Can’t you see that?” We saw that we weren’t making even a dent in his resolve, and gave up. “It’s in God’s hands now,” we said. “Master, you handle it.” Help us Lord Jesus to be like Paul and hold steadfast in your will for our lives as the end of verse 14 in CEV says “Since we could not get Paul to change his mind, we gave up and prayed, “Lord, please make us willing to do what you want.” It’s not always easy to be different, to go against popularity and stand your ground knowing that trouble may be ahead; but, 2 Thessalonians 3:5 AMP says “May the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the steadfastness and patience of Christ.”

  3. And when we heard these things, both we, and they of that place, besought him not to go up to Jerusalem.13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.14 And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done.15 And after those days we took up our carriages, and went up to Jerusalem.

    It’s one thing to go through persecution while doing the will of God and it’s another to knowing do it anyways when persecution is eminent..Jesus knew they would find him in the garden and crucify him and he stayed there and let them capture him, Peter fled from a city where they sought his death, he turned around and faced them anyways, and Paul went into a city to preach knowing they would persecute him, and he went anyways. That Holy Ghost fervency kept them through their trials and that same Holy Ghost is in us, we must remain firm in out standing for the gospel even when times come when it isn’t easy.

  4. When it was crear that we couldn’t persuade him, we give up and said “the Lord’s will be done.” Acts 21: 14 NLT

    Paul had a made up mind to accomplish what he was call to do. Brother Jackson preach last night, trials and tribulations are inevitable in our walk we God. But they are not to destroy us but to purify us and Grove our faith.

  5. 13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.

    Paul is so faithful and committed! Paul was willing to die for Jesus where ever he had to go. Lord help me and touch me today. Never do I want to loose you, for guard me against attacks. Paul was attacked and attacked but you remained true and you never change. Thank you Jesus!

  6. 13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.
    Paul had no shame in what he believed and was willing to die for the name of Jesus Christ. Today i will Go spread the Gospel with NO shame in what I believe.

  7. 13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.

    What passion! Paul literally dedicated His whole life to kingdom of God. Bless us with the same passion Lord, to zealously live our lives and dedicate our whole hearts to Your cause.

  8. 13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.

    14 And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done.

  9. Nothing But a Good

    13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.

    An old song He’s Done Me Nothing But Good
    Speaks about a myrter for the gospel sake.He was told to reject His God or he would be killed. History says they tied him to a stake and began to burn him but yet he would not give in and died for Jesus Christ. He said He’s Done me Nothing but good came from this story.
    Paul said he was prepared to die for Christ. He knew in his heart and was determined nothing would take his faith in God!
    I pray that I too will keep the determination daily that nothing will run me away from God. Guard our hearts, guard our minds and God you have Done me Nothing but good. You know what each day has held and You know what greater tragedies you have kept us from . I will continue to trust You. You Are my peace and through You all things are possible!

  10. Acts 21:10-14
    10) And as we tarried there many days, there came down from Judea a certain prophet, named Agabus.
    11) And when he was come unto us, he took Paul’s girdle, and bound his own hands and feet, and said, Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.
    12) And when we heard these things, both we, and they of that place, besought him not to go up to Jerusalem.
    13) Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break my heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.
    14) And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done.

    As we learned last week, Paul was accountable to his destiny while he was in the Fire. He didn’t allow anyone to hinder him from doing the will of the Lord in his life.
    As we learned last night, All that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. (2 Tim. 3:12), we too must be accountable to our destiny while in the Fire, and we cannot allow anyone to hinder us from the will of the Lord in our life.

    GO Boldly in JESUS
    Go Strongly in JESUS
    GO be Persuaded in JESUS
    GO

  11. Acts 21:4 And finding disciples, we tarried there seven days: who said to Paul through the Spirit, that he should not go up to Jerusalem.

    Paul considered his life as well as his words ordained of God, which he states while in Roman bondage resulting from this trip to Jerusalem (Phil. 3:17) Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an example.

    GO and be sensitive to the leading of the Spirit

  12. iLove to Go Blog
    Acts 21:4 KJV  And finding disciples, we tarried there seven days: who said to Paul through the Spirit, that he should not go up to Jerusalem.

    This is one of the great mystery chapters of the entire Bible. Most of us, (including myself) could have possibly missed the will of God. Look at these key words in this scripture. “…who said to Paul through the Spirit…” This was the Holy Spirit of God speaking through these disciples that he “Should not go…” So the question is, did Paul disobey these men of God? Did Paul disobey the Spirit of God? What gets even more interesting is the fact that later in the chapter there is “confirmation” through a prophet.

    Acts 21:11-12 KJV  And when he was come unto us, he took Paul’s girdle, and bound his own hands and feet, and said, Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.  (12)  And when we heard these things, both we, and they of that place, besought him not to go up to Jerusalem.

    The great mystery is why did Paul disregard the counsel of the Holy Ghost and the Prophet? The answer is Paul knew what the will of God was even though God was giving him an escape route. Just because God gives you a way out doesn’t mean you have to take it…especially if you know what must be done.

    Acts 21:13-14 KJV  Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.  (14)  And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done.

  13. 13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.

    Paul was willing to die for the same God that died for him, he was willing to sacrifice it all, but God had other plans. He had more in store for Paul so He kept him and Paul went on to do many more great things. We need to have this same desire, to give everything we are to God, no matter the circumstances and see just how far He’ll take us!!

  14. 13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.

    Paul was determined and passionate about the call that God placed on his life. So much so that he was willing to die for it. If we dont have the faith to die for this truth then we cannot be like Paul. Its a test that every Christian hopes they will pass and one they hope they will never have to take.

  15. But he said, “Why all this weeping? You are breaking my heart! I am ready not only to be jailed at Jerusalem but even to die for the sake of the Lord Jesus.” When it was clear that we couldn’t persuade him, we gave up and said, “The Lord’s will be done.”
    Acts of the Apostles 21:13‭-‬14 NLT
    Sometime you might feel like you alone you might even think that the mass you in that GOD is pushed you but if you stand still and trust in the lord he will make you stronger Paul knew it was the Lord and he knew the outcome
    Don’t give up don’t let go
    All things are working for our Good

  16. 13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.

    14 And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done.

    Would you be willing to die for the name of Jesus?

  17. PRAY AND GO

    4 And finding disciples, we tarried there seven days: who said to Paul through the Spirit, that he should not go up to Jerusalem.
    5 And when we had accomplished those days, we departed and went our way; and they all brought us on our way, with wives and children, till we were out of the city: and we kneeled down on the shore, and prayed.
    6 And when we had taken our leave one of another, we took ship; and they returned home again.

    There are occasions on this Discipleship process that we will be called by GOD to GO. There will be places that we want to GO that GOD says no and there will be places that we don’t really want to GO that GOD says GO.

    We find believers that warn Paul of his upcoming journey, that he should not GO. However, GOD has called him to GO. This is much different from a person feeling led to “change churches”. GOD will not tell someone to change churches, unless there is doctrinal deception. GOD will always speak to the under shepherd (Pastor) first that an individual must be sent for some Kingdom purpose, but never for personality conflicts.

    GOD places people in our lives for a reason. Some are sharp and abrasive, while others are soft and passive. If cut off either of these seasons we will rob the LORD of his opportunity to develop us.

    If GOD has called us to reach a people we must follow the apostles pattern PRAY AND GO.

    We must find safety in the multitude of consolers before we decide to GO. This is why PRAYER is so important pryor to making a SPIRITUAL move. IF people just move they are in the flesh and not the SPIRIT.

    We know JESUS said:

    GO TEACH
    Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

    GO COMPEL
    Luke 14:23 And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.

    We are charged to PRAY AND GO TEACH salvation and GO COMPEL the lost to come to CHURCH.

    Lets GO on FIRE.

    iRepent
    iPraise
    iPray
    iWork
    iGive
    iReap
    iGo

  18. 13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.

    14 And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done.

    Paul was “souled” out to Jesus and if that meant he was going to die, he was ready to die. He was not just a believer of Jesus and the things taught by Jesus, he was a true follower. Wherever the Lord was to lead him, he was willing to go, even if it meant prison and/or death. Too many people are “believers” they believe what the Word tells them, but they don’t follow with those beliefs. The Bible clearly instructs us to pick up our cross and follow Jesus – no turning back.

  19. 13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.

    The time will come when we would be facing the same situation and look deep in our heart are we willing to die for the sake of Jesus Name?

  20. 14 And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done.

    The prophet stated the owner of the girdle would be bound. Paul said he was not only willing to be bound but to die. What a powerful statement. I predict most fathers have the mindset that we would die to protect our families. If there was a choice in the matter, we would likely take the fall to save our loved ones. However, Paul knew what he would be walking into. Persecution and likely death.

    Do I have that kind of commitment to God? I want to believe so. However, I have never been faced with this kind of situation. I don’t like confrontation and generally do what I can to avoid or limit confrontations. What would I do if a prophet made the statement that whomever has such and such a thing or has done such and such a thing will be jailed and/or persecuted for being a follower of Jesus. Would I have the faith to stand? Would I have the strength to endure to the end? Peter claimed he had the strength to stand for Jesus but didn’t. Peter seen with his own eyes the miracles and wonders of Jesus but still came up short on faith.

    When we pray for a situation do we ask for the will of the Lord be done – no matter the outcome? Or, do we pray for what we believe the best scenario for the need would be?

  21. 13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.

    We must be about our fathers business like Paul was. We must be determine to reach then lost souls in our region. When they reject you it not you they are rejection it is God that there rejecting. we must realize that it is bigger than us. Reach this city like we are called to do.

  22. I Love To Worship The Lord
    Vs-12
    Luke clearly draws a parallel between Paul’s commitment and that of Jesus. In both cases the Jews hostile the victim was to be handed over to the Gentiles and was to suffer. Like Christ Paul remained committed to do Gods will while this comparison highlights Paul’s heroism it reminds us that we too are called to follow Jesus example.

  23. When we returned to the ship at the end of the week, the entire congregation, including women and children, left the city and came down to the shore with us. There we knelt, prayed, (‭Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭21‬:‭5‬ NLT

    Prayer is the key!!! But yet sometimes we put on the back burner. We speak and complain about situations in our life instead seeking GOD in all things. PRAY, PRAY, PRAY! Pray without ceasing. We seem to magnify the problem more when we don’t pray. Let’s magnify GOD through everything in our lives. It’s all about His kingdom and not try to build my own.
    When we seek GOD in all things we become at peace, we are strengthened, and ready for battle. God has seen me through many trials, and it was all because I layed everything I was facing at His feet.

    I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting. (‭1 Timothy‬ ‭2‬:‭8‬ KJV)

  24. Seeking the will of God is often acknowledged as important but the journey of Paul in this chapter highlight the importance of KNOWING God’s will and direction for a given situation. Everyone who spoke to him, and these are people of God, warned him of the trials to come… and then recommended he stay away. They saw the trials he’d have to go through and then assumed it couldn’t possibly be the will of God for him to submit to those who so vehemently opposed him.

    Think about those children of God… they’re trying to do a good thing, they’re trying to do good for Paul, they’d even obviously received from God a glimpse of what would transpire if he followed through with his decision to go to Jerusalem… but they still failed to recognize that God’s hand was in it all. The final decision had to be made by Paul himself. If he hadn’t taken the time in prayer to know God’s will, would he still have gone to Jerusalem? Would their words have convinced him God had other things for him to do?

    Notice his words, what mean ye to weep and break mine heart? He wasn’t angry, he wasn’t disappointed, he may not even have had adequate words to explain it, but he had sought the will of God and knew where God wanted him to go. It speaks of the maturity of those trying to compel him to forego his journey as they responded, ‘the will of the Lord be done.’ O let that be my continual desire! In every situation, in every decision, in everything I do for his kingdom, let me seek his will and faithfully follow!

  25. 13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.

    14 And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done.

  26. The answer of Paul was heart breaking for her friends and followers, but it was a pure and strong example of living and dying for His savior. Today i was reading Daniel. He and his friends they were wiling to die for the name of God. They were converted to God since the most profound of their heart , not for emotionalism or appearance. A real love and respect for God, even to death. Praise the Lord!!!

  27. But he said, “Why all this weeping? You are breaking my heart! I am ready not only to be jailed at Jerusalem but even to die for the sake of the Lord Jesus.” When it was clear that we couldn’t persuade him, we gave up and said, “The Lord’s will be done.”
    Acts of the Apostles 21:13‭-‬14 NLT
    http://bible.com/116/act.21.13-14.NLT

  28. Acts21:14( English Amp) And when he would not yield to [our] persuading, we stopped [ urging and imploring him] , saying , the Lord’s will be done ! Paul was pretty persuaded to do The Lord will. To be prepare to die for Jesus. We must do what our Lord tell’s us to do. And prepare heart’s and mind’s.

  29. 31 And as they went about to kill him, tidings came unto the chief captain of the band, that all Jerusalem was in an uproar.

    32 Who immediately took soldiers and centurions, and ran down unto them: and when they saw the chief captain and the soldiers, they left beating of Paul.
    ….
    39 But Paul said, I am a man which am a Jew of Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, a citizen of no mean city: and, I beseech thee, suffer me to speak unto the people.

    40 And when he had given him licence, Paul stood on the stairs, and beckoned with the hand unto the people. And when there was made a great silence, he spake unto them in the Hebrew tongue, saying,

    Fresh fire requires fresh sacrifice…
    We all want the glory but do we want the fires? Can we pay the price of the beating to your own flesh and then have enough love and forgiveness to stand up and declare the good news of salvation to preach the gospel? Can we still have enough Jesus in us to love them that hurt us and show them a more perfect way? Forgiveness. We all must go through the fire but the fire must not change who we are, our truest and purest identity, children of God. As gold becomes heated by the fire to the point that the impurities are burned off, it does not change its true identity but purifies and beautifies…it is still though Gold. So we must also endure the fire not allowing it to change us but rather rid us of what flesh and characteristics are not like him. Our end result, our destiny, should be that we may know Him, that we can be like Jesus.

  30. 11 And when he was come unto us, he took Paul’s girdle, and bound his own hands and feet, and said, Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.
    12 And when we heard these things, both we, and they of that place, besought him not to go up to Jerusalem.
    13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.
    14 And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done.

    Paul was not afraid to do God’s work.

  31. 26 Then Paul took the men, and the next day purifying himself with them entered into the temple, to signify the accomplishment of the days of purification, until that an offering should be offered for every one of them.

    Make sure your offering is pure and you do it with a right attitude.

    #GOdosomething

  32. 13. Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? For I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Je-ru’-sa-lem for the name of the Lord Je’-sus. 14. And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done. 15. And after those days we took up our carriages, and went up to Je-ru’-sa-lem. Hear my cry O LORD attend unto my prayer from the ends of the earth do I cry out to thee !!!!

  33. “When we heard this, we and the local believers all begged Paul not to go on to Jerusalem. But he said, “Why all this weeping? You are breaking my heart! I am ready not only to be jailed at Jerusalem but even to die for the sake of the Lord Jesus.” When it was clear that we couldn’t persuade him, we gave up and said, “The Lord’s will be done.””
    ‭‭Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭21:12-14‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    All were believers of the same God. They heard the same prophetic word but there was two different results. One seem to have fear of the Word and the other embraced it. I believe it’s because Paul had a personal Word from the Lord. Everything changes when the Lord speaks directly to your heart. The Word is a absolute foundation to stand on. Paul’s faith was unwavering.

    “Without becoming weak in faith he considered his own body, now as good as dead [for producing children] since he was about a hundred years old, and [he considered] the deadness of Sarah’s womb. But he did not doubt or waver in unbelief concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong and empowered by faith, giving glory to God, being fully convinced that God had the power to do what He had promised.”
    ‭‭ROMANS‬ ‭4:19-21‬ ‭AMP‬‬

  34. Josiah: 14 And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done.
    “14 …The will of the Lord be done.” It is always better to be in the Lord’s will. We will go through through trials and maybe physical pain but it is nothing compared to the eternal heavenly reward God has to offer us. In fact when Paul was brought before the council and beaten he left rejoicing because he was counted worthy to suffer shame for His (God’s) name. The determination to stay in the Lord’s will through the trials or to the trials that Paul has is something I admire. I pray that we always choose to first be in the Lord’s will and not just go on what seems to be an easy way out. LET US GO IN JESUS NAME. LET EVERYTHING THAT HATH BREATH PRAISE THE LORD. PRAISE YE THE LORD!

  35. And when we were come to Jerusalem, the brethren received us gladly.

    As brothers and sister we should always receive each other with gladness. It is our responsibility to uphold one another, pray for one another, and strengthen one another.

  36. 14When it was clear that we couldn’t persuade him, we gave up and said, “The Lord’s will be done.”

    No matter how hard you try to change outcomes, the Lord’s will shall be done. We just have to pray, and God will help you make the right decision all the time.

  37. We may not understand everything God is doing, but if we trust him we will be able to overcome. In God we can do great things. With our faith it doesn’t matter what the enemy throws our way, we shall come out victorious.

  38. “And when the seven days were almost ended, the Jews which were of Asia, when they saw him in the temple, stirred up all the people, and laid hands on him, Crying out, Men of Israel, help: This is the man, that teacheth all men every where against the people, and the law, and this place: and further brought Greeks also into the temple, and hath polluted this holy place. (For they had seen before with him in the city Trophimus an Ephesian, whom they supposed that Paul had brought into the temple.)”
    ‭‭Acts‬ ‭21:27-29‬ ‭KJV‬‬

    They were at the end of their 7 days of fire when anger and accusations came. Out of the Fire comes trials. The way you meet the trial changes its (and your) outcome. FIRE!

  39. 14 And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done.

    When your heart is fixed on the Kingdom,
    No one can talk out of it.

  40. 11 And when he was come unto us, he took Paul’s girdle, and bound his own hands and feet, and said, Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.
    12 And when we heard these things, both we, and they of that place, besought him not to go up to Jerusalem.
    13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.
    14 And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done.

    Paul truly had faith in God! Not only was he not scared of being throne in jail for sharing the Word of God, but he was not afraid to be killed either. There are many times in life that our faith in God is tested, albeit not often with as severe of consequences as Paul faced. Yet we just always need to remember that He is there for us, to lift us up and show us what to do when we are facing uncertain circumstances. Reading this passage I am reminded of Peter denying he knew God three times. Despite his faith failing him, God still loved him and showed him mercy for his mistakes. Even when we mess up and don’t have faith that He will get us through, we can’t beat ourselves up over it, we just need to pick ourselves up and do our best to build our faith in Him! Eventually, as we spiritually mature and continue walking with God, our faith in Him will also grow! It is through these situations and trials that we can learn to trust in God and know that He truly is there for us and will not forsake us when we stay true to Him!

  41. 39 But Paul said, I am a man which am a Jew of Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, a citizen of no mean city: and, I beseech thee, suffer me to speak unto the people.

    40 And when he had given him licence, Paul stood on the stairs, and beckoned with the hand unto the people. And when there was made a great silence, he spake unto them in the Hebrew tongue, saying,

  42. 14 We couldn’t change his mind. So we gave up. We said, “May what the Lord wants to happen be done.”

    There will be times in our lives when we feel as though we must “give up” on our dreams or change our minds/plans for the church. Yet, whenever you truly give yourself to Him, that is when you choose to say “Let the Lords Will Be Done”.

  43. 14When it was clear that we couldn’t persuade him, we gave up and said, “The Lord’s will be done.”

    One thing I have learned being in the walk with God is that we cannot change His will. Even if we don’t accept His will in our lives He will recue someone else from the pits of hell transform them and use them. Who are we to stop the will of God. This is why its so important to never stop praying, fasting, reading His Word, seeking His will because its crucial for us to be the reason why souls are being lost. I fear the Lord and even if I might not like what I might have to go through to get to where I need to get to…I will say ” Yes Sir, you can use me. Let it be your will Lord.” We must not get of the boat and trust Him completely even if we feel like the boat is drowning…HE IS FAITHFUL!!!!

  44. 13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.

    I’m ready

    Are you ready? The day is coming when the Bible will be forbidden. Christians just like in the first church, were beaten and killed for Jesus Christ. The type of resistance that they received, was typical of the treatment to all that believed. People that converted knew what they were getting into, but they still converted by the thousands.

    No matter what you are trying to do to me, I am ready. Can we say the same? Are we ready to not just know him but suffer for his sake.

  45. When Paul identifies the risks ahead some might wonder why he presses forward. He has every sign telling him their is danger ahead! Yet Paul continues on his chosen way. Agabus, a Judean prophet, makes Paul’s future painfully clear. He will be bound up hand and foot by the Jews in Jerusalem and given to the Gentiles. All the people respond naturally. They plead with Paul not to go to Jerusalem. They see the signs and what Paul to be safe, however, Paul makes his decision clear. He sees the warning signs too but their is no turning back. He has a mind like Jesus, who knew their was more persecution and even death to come. Jesus had to teach others this was the plan and not to be stopped. Mark 8:33 “But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” Paul was willing to be bound, then he will be imprisoned, and later even die for Jesus (Acts 21:13, 2Ti 4:6-8).

  46. 18 And the day following Paul went in with us unto James; and all the elders were present.
    19 And when he had saluted them, he declared particularly what things God had wrought among the Gentiles by his ministry.
    20 And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord, and said unto him, Thou seest, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are which believe; and they are all zealous of the law:

    How good is it to bring a good report and testimony. Especially to the elders who brought you up and what miracles God has done, souls have been won. How holy ghost proud must Paul have been to give such a good report of what God had done among the Jews and Gentiles.

  47. 13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.
    14 And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done.
    Seeking the will of the Lord in our lives prepares us to do his will regardless of how it may appear to others. Paul took time in prayer with God and learned to obey God in whatever he was asked to do. He knew that Jesus would be with him no matter what transpired.
    God has a plan for each and everyone of us. I pray that I can be obedient to his will and follow him wherever he leads.

  48. And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done.(Acts 21:14 KJV)

    Sometimes God tests our trust and faith in him by how much we are willing to endure for his glory. In Paul’s case it will cost his freedom and his life for the gospel sake. When he realized he couldn’t get this mentality through to the people he simply says the Lords will be done.

  49. Hannah: “13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” My desire is that I never stop proclaiming the word of the Lord. No matter my situation or problem I should never leave the Lord. I will only have more suffering and no peace. With the Lord I have peace and can be saved and with him forever. The more people I witness to will be more people who will have a chance to be saved. I don’t want to be the one who never proclaims his gospel and see my close friends fall. I want to see them saved and in order to do that I need to be a light not a hindrance. He has done so much for me and I can at least witness to others and do the Lord’s will in my life. Never lose hope and always be that light.

  50. 13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.

    14 And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done.

    Paul knows that Jerusalem is going to hold him captive. That doesn’t put fear him he knows he serves a mighty God and nothing is going to hold him back from spreading the word of God.

  51. May 15
    13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.

    HALELUJAH!!! What matter of devotion unto THE LORD!!!

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