Acts Chapter 20 

40 Days of FIRE – Day 20

Day 20: Ch.20. As we head for the final stretch in the Book of Acts, we find Paul’s sense of urgency growing. He is more concerned about completing God’s mission than he is for his own life. Pray for God to ignite a passion within us to go beyond our desire and to fulfill His will. Pray the church will awaken and feel the urgency in the Spirit for the lost. 

JESUS today YOU will SAVE me.

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Acts 20

And after the uproar was ceased, Paul called unto him the disciples, and embraced them, and departed for to go into Macedonia.

And when he had gone over those parts, and had given them much exhortation, he came into Greece,

And there abode three months. And when the Jews laid wait for him, as he was about to sail into Syria, he purposed to return through Macedonia.

And there accompanied him into Asia Sopater of Berea; and of the Thessalonians, Aristarchus and Secundus; and Gaius of Derbe, and Timotheus; and of Asia, Tychicus and Trophimus.

These going before tarried for us at Troas.

And we sailed away from Philippi after the days of unleavened bread, and came unto them to Troas in five days; where we abode seven days.

And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.

And there were many lights in the upper chamber, where they were gathered together.

And there sat in a window a certain young man named Eutychus, being fallen into a deep sleep: and as Paul was long preaching, he sunk down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft, and was taken up dead.

10 And Paul went down, and fell on him, and embracing him said, Trouble not yourselves; for his life is in him.

11 When he therefore was come up again, and had broken bread, and eaten, and talked a long while, even till break of day, so he departed.

12 And they brought the young man alive, and were not a little comforted.

13 And we went before to ship, and sailed unto Assos, there intending to take in Paul: for so had he appointed, minding himself to go afoot.

14 And when he met with us at Assos, we took him in, and came to Mitylene.

15 And we sailed thence, and came the next day over against Chios; and the next day we arrived at Samos, and tarried at Trogyllium; and the next day we came to Miletus.

16 For Paul had determined to sail by Ephesus, because he would not spend the time in Asia: for he hasted, if it were possible for him, to be at Jerusalem the day of Pentecost.

17 And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the church.

18 And when they were come to him, he said unto them, Ye know, from the first day that I came into Asia, after what manner I have been with you at all seasons,

19 Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews:

20 And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publicly, and from house to house,

21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

22 And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there:

23 Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me.

24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

25 And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more.

26 Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men.

27 For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.

28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.

30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.

31 Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.

32 And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.

33 I have coveted no man’s silver, or gold, or apparel.

34 Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me.

35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.

36 And when he had thus spoken, he kneeled down, and prayed with them all.

37 And they all wept sore, and fell on Paul’s neck, and kissed him,

38 Sorrowing most of all for the words which he spake, that they should see his face no more. And they accompanied him unto the ship.

61 thoughts on “Acts Chapter 20 

  1. And after the uproar was ceased, Paul called unto him the disciples, and embraced them, and departed for to go into Macedonia.

    2 And when he had gone over those parts, and had given them much exhortation, he came into Greece,

    3 And there abode three months. And when the Jews laid wait for him, as he was about to sail into Syria, he purposed to return through Macedonia.

    4 And there accompanied him into Asia Sopater of Berea; and of the Thessalonians, Aristarchus and Secundus; and Gaius of Derbe, and Timotheus; and of Asia, Tychicus and Trophimus.

    5 These going before tarried for us at Troas.

    6 And we sailed away from Philippi after the days of unleavened bread, and came unto them to Troas in five days; where we abode seven days.

    7 And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.

    8 And there were many lights in the upper chamber, where they were gathered together

    Tumults or opposition may constrain a Christian to remove from his station or alter his purpose, but his work and his pleasure will be the same, wherever he goes. Paul thought it worth while to bestow five days in going to Troas, though it was but for seven days’ stay there; but he knew, and so should we, how to redeem even journeying time, and to make it turn to some good account.

  2. Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. And they all wept sore, and fell on Paul’s neck, and kissed him, Sorrowing most of all for the words which he spake, that they should see his face no more. And they accompanied him unto the ship.
    Acts 20:‭26‭-‬30‭, ‬37‭-‬38 KJV

    Paul desperately tried to warn the churches that change was coming, that men would pervert the Gospel and take advantage of the church for their own gain. Yet, it seems that these warnings were overshadowed in their hearing by the fact that Paul was leaving. All warning was lost because of their emotion, and history shows that the warnings came true. False brethren introduced false doctrines into the church. Soon after, the doctrine of the trinity was introduced, the mode of baptism was changed, and holidays were introduced that combined pagan celebrations with Christian beliefs.

    Through the ages, the true doctrine that Paul preached has been further polluted by each succeeding generation. Today there are so many so-called Christian denominations that even the sincere believer finds it difficult to decipher the original doctrines from the polluted. Men disguising themselves as clergy have preached that tongues are of the devil, that grace covers unrepented of habitual sin, that water and Spirit baptism are unnecessary to salvation, that homosexuals can enter Heaven, that a simple one-time repeat-after-me prayer saves men for all time regardless of their lifestyle, and that there is no hell. Those who preach Apostolic truth are proclaimed to be a cult, and those who follow lies are given promises of unconditional eternal security.

    Thank God that He saw fit to show us the way. Thank You, Lord, for preserving Your Word for us. Thank You for not leaving us at the mercy of the misinformed churches that abound in our day. Thank You for the Spirit of Revelation and Truth. Deliver us, God, of every lie that we’ve believed about You, Your Word, Your Way, the church, and ourselves. Help us to be bold and wise about revealing the truth You’ve given us to all those who will hear, in Jesus’ Holy name, amen.

  3. Verse 28 MSG “Now it’s up to you. Be on your toes—both for yourselves and your congregation of sheep. The Holy Spirit has put you in charge of these people—God’s people they are—to guard and protect them. God himself thought they were worth dying for.” As the song that we sing says:

    You thought I was worth saving
    So you came and changed my life
    You thought I was worth keeping
    So you cleaned me up inside
    You thought I was to die for
    So you sacrificed your life
    So I could be free
    So I could be whole
    So I could tell everyone I know

    And as we are charged in this same verse…..for now it’s up to us as another song says:

    Tell the world that, tell the world that
    Tell the world that he died for them
    Tell the world that he lives again…

  4. 28 Therefore take heed to yourselves and to the flock, among which the Holy Ghost has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock.

  5. Acts 20:28-30
    28) Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
    29) For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
    30) Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.

    WOW, our God is Awesome. What a beautiful way to end a serve, such as last night, praying around our Shepherd (Pastor Watts) and First Lady (Sis. Watts).
    This is why we must stay Submitted and under the Covering of our Shepherd (Pastor Watts). Because he not only feeds us the Truth of God’s Word, but he watches out for us and protects us. He protects us from the grievous wolves that will try to come in and spread false doctrine and tear up the church.
    But the sad thing is, and we have seen it in the past, that there are “wolves in sheep’s clothing” sitting in the church watching out for the Unsubmitted and Uncovered sheep to spread false doctrine to them and lead them astray after their own followings.

    So PRAY EVERYDAY for Pastor (our Shepherd) and Sis. Watts. STAY Submitted and under the Covering as he leads, feeds, and protects us.

  6. 20:10,11 And Paul went down and fell on him, and embracing him said, trouble not yourselves; for his life is in him.
    When therefore was come up again, and had broken and eaten, and talked a long time, even till break of day, so he dejarte.
    ——————-
    ( a little interruption…) but wow, a miracle at the same time. The preaching of the gospel must continue as long as it’s necesary.

  7. 19 Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews:
    20 And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publicly, and from house to house,
    21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.
    22 And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there:
    23 Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me.

    We are all accountable to the same testimony and message that is given to us and given the same mission. God may use different methods, to reach different people but the message is still the same and that’s how it will always be. God has a very Simple mission for every single human being, it is to teach men to come to repentance and turned to him. Once he is they have done that it is then their duty to teach that to other men. Teaching them to call on the name of Jesus Christ and turn from their Waze. That has been his message since Genesis. God has used many different people all throughout history and I has called for different types of ways for the message to get across, but nonetheless the message has not changed, that men everywhere should repent and worship the Lord God. If we ever begin to wonder what God is called us to do, we just have to remember to preach the gospel wherever he has us or sends us.

  8. Acts 22-23 (English Amp) And now, you see, Ian going to Jerusalem bound by Holy Spirit and obligated and compelled by the [ convictions of my own] spirit, not knowing what will befall me there . (23) Except the Holy Spirit clearly and emphatically affirms to me in city after city that imprisonment and suffering await me.Here Paul is warning people that there is going to be a change . Thank you Jesus for Revelation of the truth of Salvation.

  9. Each of us should yearn to reach that point in our walk with God when we go beyond our own desires. You may ask, how is that even possible? Desire is what led us to God, desire encourages us to continue to press on when the circumstances may otherwise cause us to quit. Desire is what sets our goals to provide a greater purpose than our immediate needs. But desire can also be something that gradually pulls us away from God, if it’s not tempered of the spirit. Desire in itself is therefore neither good nor bad… it depends on where it stems from. A goodly desire of the heart will bring us closer to the God we serve while a carnal desire of the flesh will draw us away. That is why desire alone should not be the guiding force in our life and walk with God. We need to go beyond just desire!

    Paul served the Lord ‘with all humility of mind, and with many tears…’ His testimony was ‘I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publicly, and from house to house, Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.’ He was all things to all men that by all means he might save some. When recounting what he had done and where God would have him to go, he said ‘And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there: Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me.’

    Paul knew he was heading for difficult times, yet he was able to say: ‘But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.’ It was no longer about his desire! When his will and desire prevailed, he persecuted the church; now, he could truly do all things through Christ! He went beyond his own desire and allowed God’s desire to be his direction… even when his testimony was that he had no idea what was going to happen to him. That may seem extreme, but when you take the time to think it through, none of us knows what’s going to happen. It’s going to take faith to please him, it’s going to take a willing submission to his will, it’s going to require going beyond our own desire that his desire would reign!

  10. 29. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.

    Paul knew that he was standing in a gap for the Church, that his absence would create a hole that would allow wolves into the flock.
    We are all responsible for our place in the Church. If we don’t fill the place God has put us, who or what will take advantage of the hole we leave and have access to the flock?

  11. 22 And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there:
    23 Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me.
    24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.
    25 And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more.

    Paul being led by the spirit of God, knew that the words he spoke to them would be the last ones spoken face to face. He held nothing back and spoke the warning that God wanted him to speak. We too must also be sensitive and obedient to what God would have us to say and or do for those around us. We may be speaking to them for the last time face to face. We must be a willing vessel and not hold within ourselves what God would have us to say or do to help them in their walk with God.

  12. I can only imagine working so closely with my Man of God only to know that because of his calling he was destined for jail, suffering, and eventually death at the hand of persecutors. But oh, what a glorious fate if it means doing the Lord’s work and being ushered in to heaven on the day of Judgement! Such a roller coaster of emotions. And to think…. If it wasn’t for Paul or any of our other “grandfathers in the gospel’s” obedience to God’s calling we ourselves may have never heard the gospel. It took boldness, courage, and endurance. I pray the spirit of those that have gone before us would rest upon us as we go forth spreading the Truth of the Word of God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. THY KINGDOM COME!!
    iBlessYouInTheLordJesusChrist

  13. 28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

    We are called and chosen for a purpose. Paul said we have a duty to feed the church but we need to be careful. Just like he warned, people can begin to compromise the truth and speak falsely. Bro. Godwin told us recently that whatever spirit and attitude you have is what you send out. So especially if we are ministering, it’s important we evaluate ourselves to see we are being a true example of God.

  14. Acts 20

    -9 We met on Sunday to worship and celebrate the Master’s Supper. Paul addressed the congregation. Our plan was to leave first thing in the morning, but Paul talked on, way past midnight. We were meeting in a well-lighted upper room. A young man named Eutychus was sitting in an open window. As Paul went on and on, Eutychus fell sound asleep and toppled out the third-story window. When they picked him up, he was dead.

    Asleep in “The Light”
    10-12 Paul went down, stretched himself on him, and hugged him hard. “No more crying,” he said. “There’s life in him yet.” Then Paul got up and served the Master’s Supper. And went on telling stories of the faith until dawn! On that note, they left—Paul going one way, the congregation another, leading the boy off alive, and full of life themselves.

    Paul had a message and nothing was going to keep him from delivering it.
    When then boy fell asleep and was asin f deaf he grasp the opportunity to create faith in the congregation. There was no reprimand except he is not dead but alive .Notice the scripture at the end said they all left full of life. Faith preaching of the Word brought forth a miracle .

    The Other Side of the Story
    If you notice the scripture said the room was well lighted. How sad to be in the midst of light and backslide and to fall out iof the will of God.
    I know of a well known composer of many songs being sung by Christians all over the world who was in truth and yet something happened where sin crept in. He wrote one last song called “Asleep in the Light” then walked away from God leaving a multitude of stunned audiences I’ve never heard of his name again .
    How sad to become so distant from God yet when He is right there with you. Anointed as the preacher so greatly preached yet so list with no real relationship with the Savior . We must know Him for ourself lest we too would be
    ‘Asleep in the Light’ and die spiritually.
    Lord Jesus help us to be full of life and to really know You for your will and purpose for the Kingdom in Jesus name

  15. 4 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God. J. Soliz

  16. Acts 20 22 -24 And see, now I go bound in the spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that will happen to me there, except that the Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me. But none of these things move me ; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God Acts 20 22-24

    Who you are precedes what you do. As paul spoke to the Ephesians, he described the ingredients of an effective leader. Paul made tough calls, yet shed tears in front of his people. One thing is sure: Leadership begins with the heart . Pastor Watts has a heart you got to have a heart thank Jesus for my Pastor and Sis.Watts
    Help us have that heart that consists of consistent ,contrite, courageous, convictional ,committed and captivated.

  17. iLove the Kingdom
    30Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.

    Wow, I guess I never put 2 and 2 together until this morning, but look what Paul says…”Also of your own selves shall men arise…” What is he saying; He’s prophesying that some of his disciples, the ones who he was talking to at the moment, would rise up against him and would speak perverse things to draw disciples after themselves. Wow, Paul had just invested tremendously into these men in his discipleship class and knows (by the Holy Ghost) that they would turn against him.

  18. 2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at the that day: and not to me only,but unto all them also that love his appearing.

  19. “And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house, Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.”
    ‭‭Acts‬ ‭20:20-21‬ ‭KJV

    Who would like to testify the Gospel? 🙋‍♂️ Me I would, this sounds like Bible studies. On down the line you’ll see it says More is blessed to give rather than to receive. Well folks I see a two way blessing in a bible study. You’re feeding the Hungry and God loves you for that. Let’s Go teach and testify the Gispels to this Lost hungry world. There are thousands of folks out here looking for some in sight on what’s going on. Well we got the know how and it’s the Bible, the book of life. The coach that’s gonna get you through it.

    iBless you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ

  20. “However, from Miletus he sent word to Ephesus and summoned the elders of the church [to meet him there].

    Take care and be on guard for yourselves and for the whole flock over which the Holy Spirit has appointed you as overseers, to shepherd (tend, feed, guide) the church of God which He bought with His own blood. I know that after I am gone, [false teachers like] ferocious wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; even from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse and distorted things, to draw away the disciples after themselves [as their followers].”
    ‭‭ACTS‬ ‭20:17, 28-30‬ ‭AMP‬‬

    Paul spoke to the leaders or elders of Ephesus. He urged them to guard themselves and church. Paul led and trained them by example. This is a great leadership lesson. It’s great that one has the ablilty to lead but they must pass the Baton to a successor.

  21. For Paul had determined to sail by Ephesus, because he would not spend the time in Asia: for he hasted, if it were possible for him, to be at Jerusalem the day of Pentecost. But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God. And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more. Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
    Acts 20:16‭, ‬24‭-‬28 KJV
    Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
    Romans 15:13 KJV
    It time to go preach the good news

  22. I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
    Acts 20:35 KJV

    It’s more blessed to give than to receive. That’s one statement that we offered use ?but do we really practice this as followers of Jesus. I’m really trying to that’s the honest truth.

    A.L.M.A.S.

  23. “So guard yourselves and God’s people. Feed and shepherd God’s flock—his church, purchased with his own blood —over which the Holy Spirit has appointed you as leaders.
    Acts of the Apostles 20:28 NLT

  24. 28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

    29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.

    30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.

    31 Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.

    32 And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.

  25. 35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.

    In giving, the gospel is spread, whether we give the word in a Bible study or give a cup of cool water. God designed things so that as we give, we are given to and renewed. We can never out give God.

  26. ““So guard yourselves and God’s people. Feed and shepherd God’s flock—his church, purchased with his own blood —over which the Holy Spirit has appointed you as leaders.”
    ‭‭Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭20:28‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    Thankful for a shepherd that feeds us, leads us, and helps us to guard our own selves. But we must remember that God has appointed and anointed us as leaders so our shepherd doesn’t have to carry the weight all on his own. This is why we must not only lift our pastor up in prayer everyday, but also lift one another up in prayer everyday. Let’s go feed this lost and hungry world!

  27. 22 And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there:

    23 Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me.

    24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

    In every city Paul preached not knowing the things that he would experience or the struggles he would face. What he did know was that the Holy Ghost was with him and afflictions would come to him. Nonetheless he determined to preach the gospel and do the will of God. No matter what comes our way we must be willing to do the will of God in spite of afflictions.

  28. 9 And there sat in a window a certain young man named Eutychus, being fallen into a deep sleep: and as Paul was long preaching, he sunk down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft, and was taken up dead.

    God do not allow the church to fall asleep and taken up dead. GIVE US THE PASSIONATE FIRE THAT WILL NEVER STOP BURNING!!!! Let us hear the cry of the lost so we will never give up reaching. Let it ALL BE FOR YOUR GLORY AND HONOR IN JESUS NAME AMEN

  29. 22-23 And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there: Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me. KJV
    22-23 But there is another urgency before me now. I feel compelled to go to Jerusalem. I’m completely in the dark about what will happen when I get there. I do know that it won’t be any picnic, for the Holy Spirit has let me know repeatedly and clearly that there are hard times and imprisonment ahead. MSG

    It seems a good portion of people who are living for God fall into two categories. One is eager to take action, but won’t wait for a word from God. The other has heard from God, but is unwilling to take action. Two kinds people with very different kinds of responses, but ultimately they both got the same result: fruitlessness and frustration. Neither type is being led by God.

    Our lack of progress typically comes from a failure to embrace His promises or take the required action. Sometimes we are too focused on one and forget of the other. When we hear the promise but don’t take action, we live in fear, and the promise remains unfulfilled. When we take action but aren’t really listening for the promise, we live in our flesh, aimlessly kicking in all directions at once and never really bearing fruit.

    Instead of submitting to the word God has given us, we submit to the obstacles we see in our way or we submit to our own estimation of what is possible or “realistic.” We hear about “giants in the land” and we refuse to take possession of the promise. We fail to see our part in God’s work, and the sad result is, we wander in the desert. We aren’t led by the Spirit, because we won’t actually move anywhere.

    Faith is what happens when we hear God’s word and respond. This is when we actually bear fruit.

  30. 35 And I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

    Have you ever had a birthday party or some type of shower where you have to open presents in front of everyone? Awkward right? But for the giver, there is such joy to give the one you cherish a gift, and watch them open it!

    This may be an absurd way to explain it, but when we give we are obeying God’s commandment and exhibiting God’s heart.

    But if you are going to give: be a cheerful giver!
    2 Cor 9:6 The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

  31. When they arrived he declared, “You know that from the day I
    set foot in the province of Asia until now. I have done the Lord’s
    work HUMBLY AND WITH MANY TEARS.
    I have ENDURED the trials that come to me from the plots of the Jews.

    Acts 20:18,19 NLT

    The character of Paul was humbleness and humility.
    Even though he constantly was mistreated, accused of many things.
    None of these things move him from the purpose he was chosen.
    We need the spirit of humility and humbleness to look past the offense, hurt , mistreated, and accusations. If we are constantly on a defense Mode we don’t give God room to fight for us.

  32. 19 Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews:
    20 And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publicly, and from house to house,

    26 Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men.
    27 For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.
    28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
    29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
    30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.

    He was not ashamed to preach the Word of God without watering it down. We the last day church need to take heed to this example. I know if’s been said for years that we should not allow the things of this world to govern our churches, the teachings of this world to taint the minds of the sheep, and the discord around us to take root in us. If we decide to go against this principle we will have the blood of the people on our hands. God has planted us into this region for purpose and I am determined to live my purpose out loud- telling all about the love of Jesus Christ!

  33. 22 And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there:

    23 Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me.

    24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

    Paul was willing to go at whatever cost, knowing that afflictions awaited him. My prayer during 40 days of Fire is that God will baptize us with a “whatever the cost” baptism that we will be willing to take the gospel to this region. God has spoken many great things to POFW recently, whose report will we believe? I believe the report of the Lord for great harvest in these last days..

  34. 24 However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me , the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.

    28 keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. The shepherds of the church of God which she brought with his own blood.

  35. THY KINGDOM COME
    MIRACLES

    7 And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.
    8 And there were many lights in the upper chamber, where they were gathered together.
    9 And there sat in a window a certain young man named Eutychus, being fallen into a deep sleep: and as Paul was long preaching, he sunk down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft, and was taken up dead.
    10 And Paul went down, and fell on him, and embracing him said, Trouble not yourselves; for his life is in him.

    The TRIUMPH required a Tragedy, the MIRACLE required an Impossibility, the PEACE required Chaos, the LIFE required a Death. What is it today that we need?

    Is GOD able?

    GOD is ABLE!

    Simply put, the thinking of our mind articulates the formation of the words. The same 3 words have 2 drastically different meanings. What are you THINKING today.

    SATURATE ME with your FIRE LORD JESUS. I am not content nor complacent to be warmed by your presence; I must be consumed by your power.

    We learn from Paul here in this testimony, that overreaction or defeat are not options in The KINGDOM of GOD. Paul responded to a physical need in a Spiritual condition. It would have been easy to criticize the young man for sitting in the window and even falling asleep during preaching. But, Paul saw an opportunity to demonstrate what he was preaching and GOD is ABLE!

    Lets GO demonstrate Kingdom Power today. Everywhere we GO.

    iRepent
    iPray
    iWork
    iGive
    iReap
    iGo
    iBlessYouInTheNameOfTheLordJESUS

  36. Acts 20:28-31
    28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
    29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
    30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.
    31 Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.

  37. 9 And there sat in a window a certain young man named Eutychus, being fallen into a deep sleep: and as Paul was long preaching, he sunk down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft, and was taken up dead.

    10 And Paul went down, and fell on him, and embracing him said, Trouble not yourselves; for his life is in him.

    As a Youth worker this caught my attention so much. I gave quite a bit of thought to these few verses. Interestingly enough the you man’s name according to Strong’s means “fortunate”
    I think more than fortunate he was blessed that the man of God went down where he had fallen and picked him up to life again. My concern and questions that flooded my mind are why was the young man by the window? Was he so distracted by what was going outside of the house of God? Was his sight not on the things of the Kingdom? Was the temptations of the outside pulling him harder than the message of God? Was his heart elsewhere while his body at church that he fell asleep and fell from the place where God wanted him to be? It is my prayer that our youth catch the fire that God is constantly pouring. It is my prayer that the youth are consumed by passion for God and His Kigdom that they are burning inside and quickened to go and do exploits. We need to be watchful of those that seem to lingering in the window. And pull them in for God has a higher place for them than out in the world and 3 floors down.

  38. I Love To Worship The Lord
    (20:1-6)
    Now Paul turns toward Jerusalem where he will face futher dangers and imprisonment. On the way he revisits a church in Macedonia.
    (7-12)
    In Troas Paul speaks all night puting a young listener to sleep.When the young man Eutychus falls from a window and is Killed Paul revives him

  39. 12 And they brought the young man alive, and were not a little comforted.

    I used to get disturbed about this verse, thinking that it said that they didn’t even have a little comfort that the young man was raised. But when I saught wisdom from someone who has greater insight than I, I learned that it was actually saying that they were greatly comforted, not a little, but greatly. Then it made much more sense…

  40. 9 And there sat in a window a certain young man named Eutychus, being fallen into a deep sleep: and as Paul was long preaching, he sunk down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft, and was taken up dead.
    10 And Paul went down, and fell on him, and embracing him said, Trouble not yourselves; for his life is in him.
    When Pastor is preaching, looks into the congregation and sees some in a deep sleep , fallen…… Pastor in faith, continues to see life in us!!!
    HALELUJAH!!! GOD IS GOOD!!! I know I have been one of those…….

  41. Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. Acts 20:28 KJV
    God does not have blood because a spirit has not flesh and bones. Yet God prepared himself a body so he could have sinless blood. God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself. God commendeth his love toward us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. Notice it didn’t say God died for us but his anointed Body Jesus Christ did. Since Jesus and the father are one, it is God’s blood that purchased the church.

  42. 22 And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there:
    23 Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me.
    24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

    Even if we don’t know what is going to happen, we can always look back and take joy and peace in what God has allowed us to do in our lives, what He has brought us through, who He has allowed us to minister to. Even when we don’t know which way our wall is taking we can always trust in God, for He has already done so much for us! He truly cares for us and knows what is best. Praise the Lord and put your full trust in Him!

  43. 23 Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me.

    We must preach the Gospel to every soul. The Holy Ghost must be poured out. This is how the Kingdom of God will grow. We must take it out of the four walls and share the news.

  44. 28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

    29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.

    30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.

  45. Josiah: 24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.
    This verse stuck out because it reminded me of the song this world is not my home I am just passing through. It also reminded me of take this whole world but give me Jesus. Nothing else really matters if we do not have a relationship with God. So, let us GO FIRST SEEK THE KINGDOM IF GOD!

  46. But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.(Acts of the Apostles 20:24 NLT)

    In this verse Paul explains to us and encourages us that we should live our lives to serve Jesus. Our lives are to be dedicated to telling others the good news about Jesus so they can live for Jesus too.

  47. 8 And there were many lights in the upper chamber, where they were gathered together.

    You gotta surround yourself with the light of this world! You gotta surround yourself with Godly women and men who are seeking the kingdom and want Gods will to be done. No matter the situation surround yourself with God himself!

  48. 7 And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.

    we should not forsake the assembling of the saints to hear the preached word.

  49. When the uproar was over, Paul sent for the believers and encouraged them. Then he said good-bye and left for Macedonia.
    Acts of the Apostles 20:1 NLT
    https://bible.com/bible/116/act.20.1.NLT

    Ministry is not only to serve other but in our serving it should also encourage others. We are the light and our lives and testimony should also be able to impact lives. Souls are always watching.

  50. I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.

    We must support those that are weak! I believe it’s not only talking about money but our faith, our prayers, our support. Letting people know that even in their state of weakness, there is someone who can give them the strength that they need. I can’t hive then that strength but I can tell them who can, show them in the Word, help them in prayer, lead them to God!! We are the light to this dying perverse world!!

  51. 22 And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there:

    Being led of God is not the most comfortable thing I’ve ever done. He asks me to do things I would never consider with out him. It’s true like in this scripture that you never know what might happen when you do things Gods way, but you know that when you are in his will, you cannot lose.

  52. 8 There were many lamps in the upstairs room where we were meeting. 9 Seated in a window was a young man named Eutychus, who was sinking into a deep sleep as Paul talked on and on. When he was sound asleep, he fell to the ground from the third story and was picked up dead. 10 Paul went down, threw himself on the young man and put his arms around him. “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “He’s alive!”

    HALT

    Hungry
    Angry
    Lonely
    Tired

    Three things in the natural that can get you in trouble in the spirit.

    Hungry – Always eat enough and never be too hungry unless its with the purpose of fasting. Remember what hunger brought Esau, his hunger was so great, that for a bowl of beans, he gave up the FIRST BORNS blessings.

    Angry – You can’t make good choices when you are mad. If it wasn’t for a young jewish girl, Naamaan would have preferred to be leper then to follow simple instructions.

    Lonely – Loneliness invites pity to throw a party. Pretty soon you have self-doubt, defeat, jealously, envy, and anger. The bible says, then the state of the man was 7 times worse that when he was at first.

    Tired – Not getting enough rest, can get you to fall out of the second story window and break your neck, and get the preacher to have to pray for you.

    So, HALT, try it some time.

  53. Who we are before what we do, “being before doing”. As Paul spoke to the Ephesians, he described the ingredients of an effective leader. Paul led from his soul. He made though calls, yet shed tears in front of his people. One thing is sure leadership begins with the heart. Something we all need to do, specially when it come to lost and specially ALL the Bus Children. We must lead with love, compassion, and committed to save the future generations of Pastors, leaders, evangelicals, singers, musicians and the least can go on. Let’s lead with the heart just as Paul did.

    40 Days of 🔥 Fire
    25 Bus Kids in one Month on Spanish Ministry
    Enlarge our Territory Lord
    Thy Kingdom Come

  54. 9As Paul spoke on and on, a young man named Eutychus, sitting on the windowsill, became very drowsy. Finally, he fell sound asleep and dropped three stories to his death below.

    There are consequences for falling asleep no matter where you are at. You may just miss the best Word that was for you. Bottom line, if you dose off, you are not paying attention.

  55. 9 And there sat in a window a certain young man named Eutychus, being fallen into a deep sleep: and as Paul was long preaching, he sunk down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft, and was taken up dead.

    This man was struggling with his flesh and sleep is a known necessity to bodily functions well just like eating. Going excessive ammounts of time without each can potentially damage or worse be fatal. However, when he feel asleep he feel to his death. When the man of God fell on him, he said that he was not dead that life was still in him. Meaning not all who fall are beyond bringing back and backsliders are not past spiritual revival. God’s grace is new each morning and he is slow to anger and quick to forgive.

  56. “Sorrowing most of all for the words which he spake, that they should see his face no more. And they accompanied him unto the ship.”
    ‭‭Acts‬ ‭20:38‬ ‭KJV‬‬

    A great leader hears from God and acts on what he has heard. It may make those around him grieve, but none the less the leader goes to their promise at all costs.

  57. Paul turned away from everything that kept him from God. He made up on his mind that was going to be faithful and teach the gospel. Just like God intends him to do.

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