Acts Chapter 23 – 40 Days of FIRE 23/40

Day 23: Goodness (Matthew 19:16)

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Acts 23

And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.

And the high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by him to smite him on the mouth.

Then said Paul unto him, God shall smite thee, thou whited wall: for sittest thou to judge me after the law, and commandest me to be smitten contrary to the law?

And they that stood by said, Revilest thou God’s high priest?

Then said Paul, I wist not, brethren, that he was the high priest: for it is written, Thou shalt not speak evil of the ruler of thy people.

But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question.

And when he had so said, there arose a dissension between the Pharisees and the Sadducees: and the multitude was divided.

For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess both.

And there arose a great cry: and the scribes that were of the Pharisees’ part arose, and strove, saying, We find no evil in this man: but if a spirit or an angel hath spoken to him, let us not fight against God.

10 And when there arose a great dissension, the chief captain, fearing lest Paul should have been pulled in pieces of them, commanded the soldiers to go down, and to take him by force from among them, and to bring him into the castle.

11 And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.

12 And when it was day, certain of the Jews banded together, and bound themselves under a curse, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul.

13 And they were more than forty which had made this conspiracy.

14 And they came to the chief priests and elders, and said, We have bound ourselves under a great curse, that we will eat nothing until we have slain Paul.

15 Now therefore ye with the council signify to the chief captain that he bring him down unto you to morrow, as though ye would enquire something more perfectly concerning him: and we, or ever he come near, are ready to kill him.

16 And when Paul’s sister’s son heard of their lying in wait, he went and entered into the castle, and told Paul.

17 Then Paul called one of the centurions unto him, and said, Bring this young man unto the chief captain: for he hath a certain thing to tell him.

18 So he took him, and brought him to the chief captain, and said, Paul the prisoner called me unto him, and prayed me to bring this young man unto thee, who hath something to say unto thee.

19 Then the chief captain took him by the hand, and went with him aside privately, and asked him, What is that thou hast to tell me?

20 And he said, The Jews have agreed to desire thee that thou wouldest bring down Paul to morrow into the council, as though they would enquire somewhat of him more perfectly.

21 But do not thou yield unto them: for there lie in wait for him of them more than forty men, which have bound themselves with an oath, that they will neither eat nor drink till they have killed him: and now are they ready, looking for a promise from thee.

22 So the chief captain then let the young man depart, and charged him, See thou tell no man that thou hast shewed these things to me.

23 And he called unto him two centurions, saying, Make ready two hundred soldiers to go to Caesarea, and horsemen threescore and ten, and spearmen two hundred, at the third hour of the night;

24 And provide them beasts, that they may set Paul on, and bring him safe unto Felix the governor.

25 And he wrote a letter after this manner:

26 Claudius Lysias unto the most excellent governor Felix sendeth greeting.

27 This man was taken of the Jews, and should have been killed of them: then came I with an army, and rescued him, having understood that he was a Roman.

28 And when I would have known the cause wherefore they accused him, I brought him forth into their council:

29 Whom I perceived to be accused of questions of their law, but to have nothing laid to his charge worthy of death or of bonds.

30 And when it was told me how that the Jews laid wait for the man, I sent straightway to thee, and gave commandment to his accusers also to say before thee what they had against him. Farewell.

31 Then the soldiers, as it was commanded them, took Paul, and brought him by night to Antipatris.

32 On the morrow they left the horsemen to go with him, and returned to the castle:

33 Who, when they came to Caesarea and delivered the epistle to the governor, presented Paul also before him.

34 And when the governor had read the letter, he asked of what province he was. And when he understood that he was of Cilicia;

35 I will hear thee, said he, when thine accusers are also come. And he commanded him to be kept in Herod’s judgment hall.

83 thoughts on “Acts Chapter 23 – 40 Days of FIRE 23/40

  1. Thank the Lord Jesus for today , he is worthy , he is mighty . Let his will be done

    “Why ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. But to answer your question—if you want to receive eternal life, keep the commandments.” “Which ones?” the man asked. And Jesus replied: “‘You must not murder. You must not commit adultery. You must not steal. You must not testify falsely.
    Matthew 19:17‭-‬18

  2. The captain in this chapter recognized the goodness in Paul and found that there was no cause for the charges against him. We also need to try and see the goodness in people and not judge what we simply don’t understand. Psalm 23:6 NIV says “Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Paul knew what the Master had told him in verse 11 MSG “That night the Master appeared to Paul: “It’s going to be all right. Everything is going to turn out for the best. You’ve been a good witness for me here in Jerusalem. Now you’re going to be my witness in Rome!” Also remember Psalm 37:25 CEV “As long as I can remember, good people have never been left helpless, and their children have never gone begging for food”. So let us LIVE-GIVE JESUS with goodness!

  3. 16. And when Paul’s sister’s son heard of their lying in wait, he went and entered into the castle, and told Paul.

    17. Then Paul called one of the centurions unto him, and said, Bring this young man unto the chief captain: for he hath a certain thing to tell him.

    18. So he took him, and brought him to the chief captain, and said, Paul the prisoner called me unto him, and prayed me to bring this young man unto thee, who hath something to say unto thee.

    22. So the chief captain then let the young man depart, and charged him, See thou tell no man that thou hast shewed these things to me.

    23. And he called unto him two centurions, saying, Make ready two hundred soldiers to go to Caesarea, and horsemen threescore and ten, and spearmen two hundred, at the third hour of the night;

    24. And provide them beasts, that they may set Paul on, and bring him safe unto Felix the governor.

    Don’t let your age, status, or some self-imposed restriction keep you from action. No matter how small your part in the Kingdom may seem, do it anyway; you may just be saving a Paul’s life.

    “Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing.”
    -John Stuart Mill, 1867

  4. Acts 23 : 11[ amp] And [ take same] following night the Lord stood besides Paul, and said , Take courage, Pauo for as you have borne faithful witness concerning me at Jerusalem, so you must also bear witness at Rome.
    Here Paul had God assurance that everything was going to be allright.
    If God be before us , Than who can be against us!
    Who report will you believe, I will the report of the lord.

  5. 15 Now therefore ye with the council signify to the chief captain that he bring him down unto you to morrow, as though ye would enquire something more perfectly concerning him: and we, or ever he come near, are ready to kill him.
    16 And when Paul’s sister’s son heard of their lying in wait, he went and entered into the castle, and told Paul.

    With all the things that happened to Paul: the lashings, the desertions, the beatings and jail time, God’s hand never left from being with Paul. God will only allow certain things to come to pass at particular times which would put him in a place to be a witness and a testimony too many other people. The trials and tribulations that we face are not the absence of God going before us but the precense that God knows what he’s doing and is allowing it for a reason to give testimony. Never underestimate the trial that you’re facing as anything but something God is preparing for you

  6. 7 And when he had so said, there arose a dissension between the Pharisees and the Sadducees: and the multitude was divided.
    8 For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess both.
    9 And there arose a great cry: and the scribes that were of the Pharisees’ part arose, and strove, saying, We find no evil in this man: but if a spirit or an angel hath spoken to him, let us not fight against God.
    10 And when there arose a great dissension, the chief captain, fearing lest Paul should have been pulled in pieces of them, commanded the soldiers to go down, and to take him by force from among them, and to bring him into the castle.
    11 And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.

  7. Acts 23:15-23 KJV
    And when Paul’s sister’s son heard of their lying in wait, he went and entered into the castle, and told Paul. Then Paul called one of the centurions unto him, and said, Bring this young man unto the chief captain: for he hath a certain thing to tell him. So he took him, and brought him to the chief captain, and said, Paul the prisoner called me unto him, and prayed me to bring this young man unto thee, who hath something to say unto thee. Then the chief captain took him by the hand, and went with him aside privately, and asked him, What is that thou hast to tell me? And he said, The Jews have agreed to desire thee that thou wouldest bring down Paul to morrow into the council, as though they would enquire somewhat of him more perfectly. But do not thou yield unto them: for there lie in wait for him of them more than forty men, which have bound themselves with an oath, that they will neither eat nor drink till they have killed him: and now are they ready, looking for a promise from thee. So the chief captain then let the young man depart, and charged him, See thou tell no man that thou hast shewed these things to me.

    God reassured Paul beforehand to “Be of Good cheer” that there were those that desired to kill him. Yes, in today’s world we must try to see good in people first. God commanded us to love God and love others. How can we say we love others but we never give them “Jesus”? Lord, help us to pray and seek your Will and share our testimony to a lost world!

    • Acts 23
      11 That night the Master appeared to Paul: “It’s going to be all right. Everything is going to turn out for the best. You’ve been a good witness for me here in Jerusalem. Now you’re going to be my witness in Rome!”

      “Everything is going to turn out for the best.” Here is Paul once again in the midst of being questioned and his life is in danger. God have him a reassurance that his work was not yet finished. Everything is going to turn out for the best. Many times we cannot see the heads and tails of a situation. Many questions arise without an answer. Was the courage of Paul’s nephew an “added incentive “ a reassurance that God placed there for Paul to keep his faith that everything was going to turn out alright. God said he still had to go be a witness in Rome . Thank God for His sweet reminders and those who are willing to take a risk to watch and assist in the work of God. Reminds me of the time my nephews have gone on outreach and revisits where a woman by herself should not really be. But though they were young they were keeping a watch and playing a key role in the work of God. Those boys may not truly know what an encouragement and support they were. Just as Paul’s nephew was a key part of the protection of Paul. Don’t question how big it how little a position for the moment may be . It could be the matter of death and life and whether the work of God to be accomplished.
      My own son recently without realizing I just by a mere statement gave me an assurance that God’s work was being accomplished even in the midst of adversity. When God is not finished nothing can and nothing must not stop you. Have courage as Paul days to the council
      “ Paul looked straight at the Sanhedrin and said, “My brothers, I have fulfilled my duty to God in all good conscience to this day.”
      Live Jesus so I can Give Jesus…..

  8. 11 And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.

    No matter the conspiracies against Paul, the Lord stood by and made sure that a way was made for Paul to stand witness of him. There will be a way that is made out of no way in the midst of your circumstances and God will protect you to do his will. Just like Paul, we have to be sold out for Jesus and to be able to stand boldly for the gospel of Jesus Christ. We have to be ready to walk with out fear against any enemy. God will walk with us through the fire and through the flood. He will hold us up when we are weak and we will continue steadfast.

    Just like Paul we have to be persuaded by the power and authority of the Holy Ghost and not allow the world be influencing our decision to live for God. It’s time to prepare for the harvest because God is preparing to pour out his spirit on all men. It is time the church is prepared to receive them.

  9. 6 But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question.

    7 And when he had so said, there arose a dissension between the Pharisees and the Sadducees: and the multitude was divided.

    8 For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess both.

    9 And there arose a great cry: and the scribes that were of the Pharisees’ part arose, and strove, saying, We find no evil in this man: but if a spirit or an angel hath spoken to him, let us not fight against God.

    10 And when there arose a great dissension, the chief captain, fearing lest Paul should have been pulled in pieces of them, commanded the soldiers to go down, and to take him by force from among them, and to bring him into the castle.

    11 And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.

    Paul show his wisdom again and again, he is in a predicament, here Paul uses his observation to decide the crowd and remove their interest in him; but God lets him know that he has nothing to fear but that he will be testifying in Rome. Everything we go through in one moment or another God will use it for His Glory and His Glory alone!! He will tell us when to share our testimony and when to speak and what to say. He is so good to us that He finds a purpose for every pain we have gone through. Nothing is wasted when God is involved. Lift your head up look to where our help comes from, and be strong and courageous in the difficult moments for the rest is in God’s hands. Thank you Jesus for you are the litter of my head!!! Hope in Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior forever!!!

  10. On the following night the Lord stood near Paul and said, “Be brave; for as you have solemnly and faithfully witnessed about Me at Jerusalem, so you must also testify at Rome.”
    Acts 23:11 AMP
    https://bible.com/bible/1588/act.23.11.AMP

    It doesn’t matter how dim a situation may appear, if God’s not done with you then it’s not over. Is astonishing how many times Paul cheated death because the hand of God was on him.

  11. Acts 23

    1 And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.

    2 And the high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by him to smite him on the mouth.

    3 Then said Paul unto him, God shall smite thee, thou whited wall: for sittest thou to judge me after the law, and commandest me to be smitten contrary to the law?

    4 And they that stood by said, Revilest thou God’s high priest?

    5 Then said Paul, I wist not, brethren, that he was the high priest: for it is written, Thou shalt not speak evil of the ruler of thy people.

  12. So in Acts Chapter 23 verses 1-5 are talking about how Paul lived in Good Conscience before god then the priest Ananias stood by him then Paul thou to judge me against the law then they stood and Revilest Gods Highest Priest then Paul said again Brethen was the High Priest so do not speak evil to the thy people

  13. 11 And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.

    So long as we are in the will of God, we will be protected and covered by the hand of God. No worries or fears, just speak life because God is in control.

  14. iLove the Kingdom of Jesus
    Act 23:6 But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question.

    These scriptures have always and will always amaze me. In a matter of seconds, Paul went from being judged with 100% of the multitude being against him ready to kill him to a divided group of people willing to set him free from that judgement. This shows us the Psychology of the human mind. One minute I’m your enemy…until I find out you are politically aligned with the party I’m in with. Then all the sudden, you’re not so bad, and “maybe an angel is speaking to us”.

  15. 11 And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.

    Even though Paul was imprisoned for witnessing to the people, and had people plotting against him to kill him, the Lord had other plans for him. No matter who’s against you or what their plans are to harm you the Lord will always make away for you to continue to do his work.

  16. “But the following night the Lord stood by him and said, “Be of good cheer, Paul; for as you have testified for Me in Jerusalem, so you must also bear witness at Rome.””
    ‭‭Acts‬ ‭23:11‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
    You find confidence in this kind of word. A boldness to walk around knowing that you’ll still see tomorrow. A confidence knowing that you have to wait until this prophecy comes to pass. Paul found his strength on Gods promise to see certain things comes to pass Just like pastors dream to see the convention center in down town Fort Worth be filled with souls. And to have revival stream from the streets. It will come to pass!

  17. Paul had complete trust in God , he was promised to by God that every thing was gonna be ok. Paul is holding to his faith and trust in God. How many people who claim to fully trust and have faith in God would stand up knowing they could be killed on the spot if they don’t back down and go along with what the evil doers want.

  18. 10 And when there arose a great dissension, the chief captain, fearing lest Paul should have been pulled in pieces of them, commanded the soldiers to go down, and to take him by force from among them, and to bring him into the castle.
    11 And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.

    When I thought on God telling Paul to be of good cheer, I knew it wouldn’t be due to the situation he was in, but rather due to communion with God and being in his presence in that jail….
    Roman’s 15:13 “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.”
    Paul had the God of Heaven and Earth beside him and drew joy and peace from Him. God shows his goodness and love to Paul in a very dark hour. Calling on Jesus changes everything.

  19. And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome. And when it was day, certain of the Jews banded together, and bound themselves under a curse, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul. And they were more than forty which had made this conspiracy. And they came to the chief priests and elders, and said, We have bound ourselves under a great curse, that we will eat nothing until we have slain Paul. Now therefore ye with the council signify to the chief captain that he bring him down unto you to morrow, as though ye would enquire something more perfectly concerning him: and we, or ever he come near, are ready to kill him. And when Paul’s sister’s son heard of their lying in wait, he went and entered into the castle, and told Paul. Then Paul called one of the centurions unto him, and said, Bring this young man unto the chief captain: for he hath a certain thing to tell him. So he took him, and brought him to the chief captain, and said, Paul the prisoner called me unto him, and prayed me to bring this young man unto thee, who hath something to say unto thee.
    Acts 23:11‭-‬18 KJV
    God was looking out for Paul even when we can’t see or feel it he working it

  20. 1 And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.

    2 And the high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by him to smite him on the mouth.

    3 Then said Paul unto him, God shall smite thee, thou whited wall: for sittest thou to judge me after the law, and commandest me to be smitten contrary to the law?

    4 And they that stood by said, Revilest thou God’s high priest?

    5 Then said Paul, I wist not, brethren, that he was the high priest: for it is written, Thou shalt not speak evil of the ruler of thy people.

    Be careful how you answer and respond to someone, not knowing who he is. After, Paul realize who Ananias was, he apologized for answering like that.
    Watch your Mouth!

  21. 35 I will hear thee, said he, when thine accusers are also come. And he commanded him to be kept in Herod’s judgment hall.

    Judgement and gossip is exactly what Paul is facing. But as long as he is in line with God he’ll know your hearts intentions. God had his back 100% because he’s risking his life to represent Jesus. Being a Roman gave Paul favor over some people but no one likes his beliefs he didn’t murder nobody. We as well as vessels, Lord use me to do your will and not my will just like Paul put his life at risk to represent you Lord.

  22. 23:11 and the night following, the Lord stood by him and said; Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hath testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also in Rome.
    ——-
    … an on time God!!!!
    Keep believing
    Keep speaking
    Keep the good attitude
    Don’t change anything
    I am the same, I don’t change.
    Keep walking the walk of faith.
    For I am with you, and The work of the Lord is not over yet…..
    I 🙏
    I submit
    I go!
    I hope
    I rejoice 😊🙌.

  23. 11 And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.

  24. 4-5 The aides were scandalized: “How dare you talk to God’s Chief Priest like that!” Paul acted surprised. “How was I to know he was Chief Priest? He doesn’t act like a Chief Priest. You’re right, the Scripture does say, ‘Don’t speak abusively to a ruler of the people.’ Sorry.” MSG

    You’re not perfect, and I’m not perfect. We know that, but it doesn’t make it less painful when people fall short of the standard from time to time. How do you react when a Christian doesn’t act like a Christian? What is the right response?

    We cannot use them as an excuse. We are accountable to God for what you are supposed to be doing, regardless of what other people do. We can’t let our feelings or our decisions ride on other people’s actions. Let’s remember that everyone is fighting their own battles. Everyone is going through something. Everybody has had a bad day. Remember that there’s a side we don’t see. We must not judge. It’s a sure way for us to avoid judgement ourselves. And then forgive. What if they don’t repent? What if they keep doing the wrong thing? Not your problem. Two wrongs never make a right.

    It can be disheartening to be on the receiving end of the mistakes that Christians make in life. If it happened then, it will happen again; guard your heart and trust God. The bottom line is that even when things happen, and people act in ways we don’t understand, we cannot act the wrong way in response to them and still be right. It starts with us responding correctly, believing the best, and looking to Jesus!

  25. In this chapter Paul is once again at a meeting, spreading the word of God. This meeting none agreed with Paul. They tried to tear Paul up so they send soldiers to get him. While Paul was waiting in the castle Jesus tells him” Be of good cheer because you have shared my story.” The people put themselves under a curse. They could not eat or drink until Paul was dead. So now we are waiting for the sectarians to come to come be Paul’s judgement, to find out what to do with him. We can apply this chapter to our lives by being grateful cause Paul was reeling them about God.

  26. 11 And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.

    At a very uncertain moment in Paul’s life Jesus showed up to give a word. Let us not grow weary in life’s trouble God is with us in all things and He will show up when we need a word of encouragement, to be delivered, or even to silently walk us through the valley. Just know He is with us.

  27. They said they were curse and they would not eat or drink until they got Paul and killed him
    I learned that you should not kill the man of got because he is the man of god

  28. The Sadducees and Pharisees were fighting over what Paul said to them. Paul told them the truth and it’s important to tell the truth.

  29. 11 And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.

    Even in Paul’s time of being bound, God came to speak to him. He word says he will never leave nor forsake us. God will be there in the good times and bad times. We must trust in the Lord and lean not to our own understanding. God’s way is the only way that will get us to heaven.

  30. 9 And there arose a great cry: and the scribes that were of the Pharisees’ part arose, and strove, saying, We find no evil in this man: but if a spirit or an angel hath spoken to him, let us not fight against God.

    10 And when there arose a great dissension, the chief captain, fearing lest Paul should have been pulled in pieces of them, commanded the soldiers to go down, and to take him by force from among them, and to bring him into the castle.

    11 And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.

    We will always have opposition when we are witnessing about God’s salvation. We must be bold and strong and know that God Will always make way for us to Witness of God’s salvation to the lost.

  31. 7 And when he had so said, there arose a dissension between the Pharisees and the Sadducees: and the multitude was divided.

    Another demonstration to “watch your mouth”. Another translation reads “The moment he said this, the council split right down the middle, Pharisees and Sadducees going at each other in heated argument.”

    I think at times we get laid back and comfortable just speaking whatever comes to mind, without ever considering the outcome or ripple it will have on everything around us.

    Yet, if we would live the lifestyle of would I say this to or in front of Jesus or your sweet old granny, maybe some words wouldn’t be said.

    The scripture tells us in Psalms 141:3 to guard your mouth. Proverbs 10:19 says that there is a such thing as “too much talking”.

    Proverbs 15:28 “The heart of the godly thinks carefully before speaking”

    Such a simple practice of thinking before we speak could truly impact everything around us!

  32. 5 Then said Paul, I wist not, brethren, that he was the high priest: for it is written, Thou shalt not speak evil of the ruler of thy people.

    Amen

  33. 11 And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.

    Jesus was standing by.

    Jesus did not condemn Paul, He did not tell Paul that he had failed. But Jesus encouraged him and gave him a promise that brought hope!

    In the life of every faithful believer; Jesus is standing by, ready to give words of encouragement or correction, ready to bring us through!

  34. I Love To Worship The Lord
    (Vs-1)
    Paul ,s claim itself seems to have enraged the high priest. Why? The 1st-century Jewish. historian Josephus reports that Ananias high priest from A.D. 48-59 was known for his greed and dishonesty. Even the Talmud ridicules Ananias for his avarice and brutality.
    Dont be surprised any time the evil hate and strike out at the good.

  35. “And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.”
    ‭‭Acts‬ ‭23:11‬ ‭KJV‬‬

    This must have been a difficult night for Paul.
    Bold, courageous, fearless during the day, the night of loneliness finds the strength spent, and the enemy is never slow to take advantage of that fact. It was in the darkness of that night when the fears came upon Paul. It was in the darkness of that night that Jesus came to Paul and stood by him.
    Jesus was not only with Paul; He gave him words of comfort. The words be of good cheer tell us that the night brought with it an emotional and perhaps spiritual darkness upon Paul. Jesus was there to cheer His faithful servant after he had spent himself for Jesus’ sake.

    You might think that things are bad right now, but you may not even know the half of it. But Jesus knows, and he still says to you, be of good cheer. Why? Not because everything is fine; but because God is still on His throne, and He still holds to His promises.

    “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
    ‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:28‬ ‭KJV‬‬

  36. Acts 23:10-11 (AMP)
    10) And as the dissension became even greater, the commander, fearing that Paul would be torn to pieces by them, ordered the troops to go down and forcibly take him from them, and bring him to the barracks.
    11) On the following night the Lord stood near Paul and said, “Be brave; for as you have solemnly and faithfully witnessed about Me at Jerusalem, so you must also testify at Rome.”

    Perhaps Paul was sitting in the barracks wondering what was going to happen next, perhaps wondering about his future or was this the end?
    BUT
    The Lord shows up, He was with Paul, and he tells Paul to “Be Brave” for He had MORE WORK for him to do. As he had been a witness for Him in Jerusalem, he would be a witness for Him in Rome.

    In the circumstances we are going through right now in this world, we may be wondering what’s going to happen next, or wondering what the future holds.
    BUT
    POFW, I believe the Lord is with us. He is encouraging us to “Be Brave” for He has MORE WORK for us to do. There are MORE souls to witness to. There are MORE souls to be saved. There are MORE souls to be won to the Kingdom of God.

    LIVE JESUS – GIVE JESUS

  37. AMP – 11 On the following night the Lord stood near Paul and said, “Be brave; for as you have solemnly and faithfully witnessed about Me at Jerusalem, so you must also testify at Rome.”

    Have you ever felt God speak to you with a promise or direction, and what He told you, was the rope that you held on to until you saw that come to pass?
    The same is here with Paul – God spoke to him that he would witness in Rome, so he knew he would come through this scuffle alive.

    Sometimes with “life” as we know it, we let promises from he Lord fall by the wayside, thinking God has forgotten them, or perhaps we missed the opportunity. Be encouraged, get those promises out, dust them off and breath life into them again, by thanking God for bringing them to pass. Watch God work!

  38. LIVE – GIVE JESUS
    TESTIFY

    1 And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.
    2 And the high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by him to smite him on the mouth.

    The apostle Paul took the opportunity to TESTIFY of the Goodness of GOD. Instead of complaining of the situation or circumstances we have opportunity to TESTIFY of our LIFE with JESUS.

    We must understand also that when we TESTIFY that our testimony will encourage some and infuriate others. We witness this with Paul here. His willingness to TESTIFY of his Good standing with GOD made the high priest angry.

    Carnal people attempt to suppress the Spiritually Victorious. We witness this in action here. I call the action carnal because it violates scripture:

    Romans 12:15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice,…

    This also reveals to the Victorious Believer that everyone will not support your testimony. Nevertheless we should TESTIFY.

    iRepent
    iPraise
    iPray
    iWork
    iLive
    iGive
    iReap
    iGo
    iBlessYouInTheNameOfTheLordJESUS

  39. 3 Then said Paul unto him, God shall smite thee, thou whited wall: for sittest thou to judge me after the law, and commandest me to be smitten contrary to the law?

    The things we allow ourselves to think will eventually become our actions. Ananias contradicts the very law that he is supposed to be upholding. Oftentimes people are wrongfully accused of crimes from unjust scales out of wickedness.

    Paul calls Ananias out for he will be struck down for his injustice. God doesn’t take it kindly when someone even touches his anointed. “..Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm” (Ps 105:15). Trouble is we need to identify when we do this or be prepared not to react out of our own emotions. God will smite those will avenge us we simply need to trust him. If you give someone enough rope they might just hang themself.

  40. v11 And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer , Paul : for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.

    I’m so excited today….gotta a Word from the Lord!!!

    ” Be of good cheer”…and Fear was gone .
    Boom Sha chalaka !!!
    As Pastor says…oh so you need more scripture glad you asked…” Love yall Pastor ”
    Acts 27: 23-25.
    For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve,
    v24 Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee.
    v25 Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.

    One man said ” I Believe God” Fear is gone because knowing who Jesus Is.. all fear is gone.
    HE is not going to let us believe something that’s not so.
    You cannot wish fear away or dream fears away
    You’re got to Believe and have Faith.
    Be of good cheer. Believe God.

  41. 31. Then the soldiers, as it was commanded them, took Paul, and brought him by night to Antipatris. 32. On the morrow they left the horsemen to go with him, and returned to the castle: 33. Who, when they came to Caesarea and delivered the epistle to the governor, presented Paul also before him. 34. And when the governor had read the letter, he asked of what province he was. And he understood that he was of Cilicia; 35. I will hear , said he, when thine accusers are also come. And he commanded him to be kept in Herod’s judgment hall.

  42. 4 Those standing near Paul said to him, “Do you dare to insult God’s high priest?”
    5“I’m sorry, brothers. I didn’t realize he was the high priest,” Paul replied, “for the Scriptures say, ‘You must not speak evil of any of your rulers.

    Lets not speak evil about anyone. We should respect everyone, and keep our thoughts to ourselves. If you speak of others, its probably wrong/gossip. We may not like opinions/decisions, but we live with them. Continue to pray and have a humble spirit.

  43. 8 For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess both.

    So many people today try to deny the things of god and discount them as fairytales, but the word of god tells us that miracles are happened back then and still happen today and if we join in faith those things will and shall come to pass.

  44. “And when it was day, certain of the Jews banded together, and bound themselves under a curse, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul. And they were more than forty which had made this conspiracy. And they came to the chief priests and elders, and said, We have bound ourselves under a great curse, that we will eat nothing until we have slain Paul. Now therefore ye with the council signify to the chief captain that he bring him down unto you to morrow, as though ye would enquire something more perfectly concerning him: and we, or ever he come near, are ready to kill him. And when Paul’s sister’s son heard of their lying in wait, he went and entered into the castle, and told Paul.”
    ‭‭Acts‬ ‭23:12-16‬ ‭KJV‬‬

    This passage of scripture shows that’s God will always protects His children. How great is God’s grace and mercy! If we are in God’s will He will keep us. And it doesn’t matter what our past is. Our past could be the absolute worst or what others consider to be a lost cause but God sees past our sin and sees something HE can work with

  45. 12 And when it was day, certain of the Jews banded together, and bound themselves under a curse, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul.

    13 And they were more than forty which had made this conspiracy.

    They cursed themselves for one man just because he was teaching Gods word

  46. Hechos 23:1-11
    “ Entonces Pablo, mirando fijamente al concilio, dijo: Varones hermanos, yo con toda buena conciencia he vivido delante de Dios hasta el día de hoy.

    2 El sumo sacerdote Ananías ordenó entonces a los que estaban junto a él, que le golpeasen en la boca.

    3 Entonces Pablo le dijo: !!Dios te golpeará a ti, pared blanqueada!(A) ¿Estás tú sentado para juzgarme conforme a la ley, y quebrantando la ley me mandas golpear?

    4 Los que estaban presentes dijeron: ¿Al sumo sacerdote de Dios injurias?

    5 Pablo dijo: No sabía, hermanos, que era el sumo sacerdote; pues escrito está: No maldecirás a un príncipe de tu pueblo.(B)

    6 Entonces Pablo, notando que una parte era de saduceos y otra de fariseos, alzó la voz en el concilio: Varones hermanos, yo soy fariseo,(C) hijo de fariseo; acerca de la esperanza y de la resurrección de los muertos se me juzga.

    7 Cuando dijo esto, se produjo disensión entre los fariseos y los saduceos, y la asamblea se dividió.

    8 Porque los saduceos dicen que no hay resurrección,(D) ni ángel, ni espíritu; pero los fariseos afirman estas cosas.

    9 Y hubo un gran vocerío; y levantándose los escribas de la parte de los fariseos, contendían, diciendo: Ningún mal hallamos en este hombre; que si un espíritu le ha hablado, o un ángel, no resistamos a Dios.

    10 Y habiendo grande disensión, el tribuno, teniendo temor de que Pablo fuese despedazado por ellos, mandó que bajasen soldados y le arrebatasen de en medio de ellos, y le llevasen a la fortaleza.

    11 A la noche siguiente se le presentó el Señor y le dijo: Ten ánimo, Pablo, pues como has testificado de mí en Jerusalén, así es necesario que testifiques también en Roma.

  47. Paul continues to support our Lord Jesus and unbelievers want him dead. God is our protector and provider. He has protected Paul in extreme situations. We should learn that no matter what the “world” says about the beleivers, keep our trust in God.

  48. 11 And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.

    It is good to obey the Lord.
    Sometimes obeying the voice of God will cause others to hate you. It’s important to remember that God is the author of our lives and He decides whether we’re good faithful servants or not. I’d rather obey the voice of God instead of man because following His word will lead me to salvation.

  49. But the following night the Lord stood by him and said, Be of good cheer, Paul for as you have testified for Me in Jerusalem, so you must also bear witness at Rome.

  50. “And as the dissension became even greater, the commander, fearing that Paul would be torn to pieces by them, ordered the troops to go down and forcibly take him from them, and bring him to the barracks. On the following night the Lord stood near Paul and said, “Be brave; for as you have solemnly and faithfully witnessed about Me at Jerusalem, so you must also testify at Rome.””
    ‭‭Acts‬ ‭23:10-11‬ ‭AMP‬‬
    It was in the darkness of that night when the fears came upon Paul; when his trust in God seemed to falter; when he worried about what God was going to do and if he was going to make it. It was in the darkness of that night that Jesus came to Paul and stood by him.

  51. 12 And when it was day, certain of the Jews banded together, and bound themselves under a curse, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul.

    13 And they were more than forty which had made this conspiracy.

    14 And they came to the chief priests and elders, and said, We have bound ourselves under a great curse, that we will eat nothing until we have slain Paul.

    They had a plot against Paul to get rid of him because they didn’t like him. The devil has a plot to take us down also but the same as this situation Gods plot is always bigger and better for us. We just need to keep our head up and never let the fire go out. Thank you Jesus for your ways.

  52. NLT
    11 That night the Lord appeared to Paul and said, “Be encouraged, Paul. Just as you have been a witness to me here in Jerusalem, you must preach the Good News in Rome as well.”
    encourage yourself in the Lord and preach the good news of Jesus

  53. 2 And the high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by him to smite him on the mouth.

    3 Then said Paul unto him, God shall smite thee, thou whited wall: for sittest thou to judge me after the law, and commandest me to be smitten contrary to the law?

    Paul in his right mind was not saying he was better than all these men he was just being a open and honest man with the people, and God was using him in this setting.

    Later on in the chapter we find out that their are two groups of people ones who believed in what Paul believed in and the others who didn’t, and this chapter is very exciting because God people become united in one belief because of who God is and the spirit of God! The Holy Ghost, Paul was used by God to bring his people to the church!!

  54. I can honestly say I have not always lived my life in good conscious before God, BUT thank you Jesus for Paul. Like the scripture say Philippians For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. BUT with the Holy Ghost living inside me it keeps me from falling🌻🌾 I just have to keep feeding it everyday, every moment I need You Jesus

    That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

    Luke 1:6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.

    Common sense or wisdom and knowledge from God
    (let us not fight against God) BIBLE I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.

    We can work hard or smarter sometimes talking too much creates more work.

    Proverbs 8:13 The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.

    2 Chronicles 32:8 With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the Lord our God to help us, and to fight our battles. And the people rested themselves upon the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.

    Acts 23:3 Then said Paul unto him, God shall smite thee, thou whited wall: for sittest thou to judge me after the law, and commandest me to be smitten contrary to the law?

    Proverbs 12:23 KJV
    [23] A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness.

  55. Reading after Paul going through all the things he had to go through makes you take a step back and examine what gets us hung up. These test and trials that he went through proved him to be a man of God.
    He gained his anointing and his authority by the crushing. There is no replacement for the crushing. Someone said “ I never met an anointed man of God that didn’t walk with a limp” meaning to gain great anointing, you have to go through some things. This doesn’t mean you go through them with your head down and defeated, that is not Gods purpose. Gods purpose is for us to be overcomers. When we overcome, we have the wisdom to share with someone who may not be as strong as us going through a similar situation. So when the trial comes, keep your head up and look for the lesson first, then see your way out through the word of God and his promises. We are overcomers.

  56. The next morning a group of Jews got together and bound themselves with an oath not to eat or drink until they had killed Paul. There were more than forty of them in the conspiracy. But Paul’s nephew—his sister’s son—heard of their plan and went to the fortress and told Paul.
    Acts of the Apostles 23:12‭-‬13‭, ‬16 NLT

    No matter how many times the enemy plots evil against you. God will always turn that evil for good and make it an opportunity so that he can be glorified.

  57. But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question.

    7 And when he had so said, there arose a dissension between the Pharisees and the Sadducees: and the multitude was divided.

    8 For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess both.

    9 And there arose a great cry: and the scribes that were of the Pharisees’ part arose, and strove, saying, We find no evil in this man: but if a spirit or an angel hath spoken to him, let us not fight against God.

    10 And when there arose a great dissension, the chief captain, fearing lest Paul should have been pulled in pieces of them, commanded the soldiers to go down, and to take him by force from among them, and to bring him into the castle.

    11 And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.

  58. Acts 23

    This Chapter means that, Their was a plan to kill Paul, But His Nephew’s informed him about the plan and Paul fled to Caesarea

  59. 4 And they that stood by said, Revilest thou God’s high priest?
    5 Then said Paul, I wist not, brethren, that he was the high priest: for it is written, Thou shalt not speak evil of the ruler of thy people.

    If your are a leader you should not speak evil or not the word of God
    Because many people have high expectations for you and trusting that your are speaking the truth.

  60. 11 And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.

    God encouraged Paul to not give up on spreading his word for what had happened. God gave Paul hope and encouraged him, and so Paul continued to preach the word. The Lord created us to spread his word everyday, but not only that God is with us every step of the way he is always going to encourage us to never give up, and to never lose faith. God is always ready to give us a word of encouragement and of faith every single day.

  61. 11 The following night the Lord stood near Paul and said, “Take courage! As you have testified about me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome.”

    Even though it may seem like you’re bond your still in the favor of God to be a witness to him. He makes a way when we see no way! When we put our life in his hands he will put his favor upon us in every situation.

  62. 5 Then said Paul, I wist not, brethren, that he was the high priest: for it is written, Thou shalt not speak evil of the ruler of thy people.

    This scripture speaks to me in multiple ways, first the importance of knowledge of the word, for how can one speak with knowledge if he has none. The more we read, the more we learn, the more we begin to understand, for if you are an unlearned man, you are easy to criticize, and to put away, for who will listen to a fool. However, it is far harder to discard a man with knowledge, we are much more willing to listen to an expert or a man of knowledge, so this scripture reinforces the truth that we must seek knowledge of the word of God. We shall be constantly challenged, for if we are to be judged of the law, then how can we expect to have a chance to defend ourselves if we know not the law. Our enemies are always looking for a way to defeat us, but if we have knowledge than we, are a much stronger adversary. Time and time again the Bible shows us repeatedly that Jesus spoke with knowledge, the disciples spoke with knowledge, the prophets spoke with knowledge, all great men throughout history have spoken with knowledge. If Paul did not have the knowledge to quote scripture “Thou shalt not speak evil of the ruler of thy people.” then he would have been written off and not listened to. But knowledge is strength, knowledge is power, and to gain knowledge is to study, to thirst for the word. We have all been asked a question that we did not know the answer to, and we feel defeated when we know not the answer, but through constant reading, praying, and studying we gain knowledge. it is promised to us. Secondly, the enemy will try to trap us, to confuse us, to embarrass us, but if we have knowledge than it is he whom is embarrassed. There is a famous quote by some say by Winston Churchill , others say Mark Twain, still others say William Shakespeare, the quote is this “Never engage in a battle of wits with an armed man.” Be knowledgeable, for knowledge can never be taken away. Hallelujah, Praise Jesus, all blessings belong to you dear Lord, I am honored to be your humble servant. You are the Creator of the Universe and I worship only you.

  63. 11 And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.

    The Lord reassured Paul that his work was not finished so this was not the last of him. In fact the Lord sent a whole army in to retrieve him. Through faith we have that reassurance that when God says your not done, your not done. Through faith we also know that God will pull us out of situtions or will not put us in any situation that is out of his will. Paul drew his courage from the Lord and stood for what was right and true. Regardless the consequence.

  64. 11 And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.

    As we go out and speak the word of God, it’s important that we do it with good cheer. For what we are speaking is salvation to a soul that is lost. When a soul repents and gets baptized is a celebration here in earth and heaven. But we must also bear what comes our way as we go out and do God’s work. It could be a long suffering-twisting, up and down road but do ride it with a good cheer for the Lord.

  65. “On the following night the Lord stood near Paul and said, “Be brave; for as you have solemnly and faithfully witnessed about Me at Jerusalem, so you must also testify at Rome.””
    ‭‭Acts‬ ‭23:11‬ ‭AMP‬‬

    In spite of it all god is in control. Just when it may seem like all is lost god will reach down and grab us and encourage us. We must remain strong and remember that in our lowest moments god is still in control.

  66. 11 And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.

    His job there was done. Despite being warned multiple times that we was gonna be bound and suffer affliction Paul went on to do the will of the Lord. Perhaps he thought that this was gonna be his last stop. His end. Yet, it was all that he may have witnessed in Jerusalem. Now Jesus is encouraging him and letting him know that he will also witness in Rome. In all things God is the one that takes the command and has the last call. He can say when something is done or not. When its time to move or wait. God will always have the last word. And His will shall be done.

  67.  And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.

    The goodness of the Lord was upon Paul. He had favor in the Lord because of his devotion to God. Nothing was going to stop him from spreading the Gospel. We were giving free will but when we set our will to the side and let his will be done in our lives then nothing can stop the will of God. So preach to the city folks!

  68. “Then the commander called two of his officers and ordered, “Get 200 soldiers ready to leave for Caesarea at nine o’clock tonight. Also take 200 spearmen and 70 mounted troops. Provide horses for Paul to ride, and get him safely to Governor Felix.””
    ‭‭Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭23:23-24‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    How great is the Lord our God for He keeps our soul, and deliver us from our enemies. For when our enemies and my foe comes upon me to eat up my flesh they shall stumble and fell, and the God of Peace shall soon crush satan under our feet. For I will rejoice in the Lord because we shall be above all our enemies and I shall not be ashamed for I put my trust in You. Bless be the Lord, because he has heard then voice of our supplication. The Lord is my strength and my shield. My heart trusted in him therefore my heart rejoices and whom shall I fear, the Lord is the strength of my life whom shall I be afraid . For in times of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion.

  69. 11 The next night, the Lord Jesus came and he stood near Paul. He said to Paul, ‘Do not be afraid! You have told people here in Jerusalem about me. You must also do the same thing in Rome.’

    Acts 23:11 EASY
    https://bible.com/bible/2079/act.23.11.EASY

    We must not be afraid of what God has in store for us, we must do what He asks of us. We need to listen to Him and let him use is like how He us using Paul. We are disciples of God and we need to make more disciples of Christ! We need to tell people about His word and what He can do!
    LIVE GIVE JESUS!

  70. “But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question.”
    ‭‭Acts‬ ‭23:6‬ ‭KJV‬‬

    Know your audience! Know who you are talking to and where they come from. This is very important when reaching for the lost. Your words and speech are important. We saw in the previous chapter that the Jews listened to Paul speak because he spoke in their language. That’s not saying go and start picking up habits of the world but be relatable. A simple conversation can create a space for you to sow a seed in someone.

    I cannot say it enough I THANK GOD FOR FELLOWSHIP!! I pray we ask God to show us little things we can do that will help us live+give Jesus

  71. “This man was seized by the Jews and they were about to kill him, but I came with my troops and rescued him, for I had learned that he is a Roman citizen.”
    ‭‭Acts‬ ‭23:27‬ ‭NIV‬‬

    Who you associate yourself with makes a difference in the outcomes of your life. In this instance, Paul would have faced charges and punishment for what he was being accused of but because he was able to say he was a Roman citizen he was spared his life, not once but twice so far! When you are able to call yourself a child of God you are able to have privileges, blessings, and an upper hand in the game we call life. By when we choose to call ourselves a part of this world those benefits are taken from us and we have chosen to give up what God is willing to give us.

  72. 5 Then said Paul, I wist not, brethren, that he was the high priest: for it is written, Thou shalt not speak evil of the ruler of thy people.

    As GM hard of a pill as this is to swallow for some people, “. . . Thou shalt not speak evil of the ruler of thy people.” While we may not be happy with who is in office now or previously, the Bible clearly tells us not to speak evil of them. A thing normally easier said than done.

    31 Then the soldiers, as it was commanded them, took Paul, and brought him by night to Antipatris.
    32 On the morrow they left the horsemen to go with him, and returned to the castle:
    33 Who, when they came to Caesarea and delivered the epistle to the governor, presented Paul also before him.
    34 And when the governor had read the letter, he asked of what province he was. And when he understood that he was of Cilicia;
    35 I will hear thee, said he, when thine accusers are also come. And he commanded him to be kept in Herod’s judgment hall.

    Through this time Paul never spoke ill or disrespectful to the governor. Even after the wrongfulness of the situation. He only answered the questions he was being asked truthfully.

  73. 12 And when it was day, certain of the Jews banded together, and bound themselves under a curse, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul.

    13 And they were more than forty which had made this conspiracy.

    It’s sad when people hate the truth how far they’ll go to shut it down.

  74. “And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome. And when it was day, certain of the Jews banded together, and bound themselves under a curse, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul.”
    ‭‭Acts‬ ‭23:11-12‬ ‭KJV‬‬

    God was with him and reassured him that he would be ok. Then the next day people vow to have him killed. It is right after a victory that major things happen in our lives. Don’t fret or worry, God didn’t change. The set backs are really just set ups in disguise.

  75. And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.

    2 And the high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by him to smite him on the mouth.

    3 Then said Paul unto him, God shall smite thee, thou whited wall: for sittest thou to judge me after the law, and commandest me to be smitten contrary to the law?

    4 And they that stood by said, Revilest thou God’s high priest?

  76. ““I’m sorry, brothers. I didn’t realize he was the high priest,” Paul replied, “for the Scriptures say, ‘You must not speak evil of any of your rulers.’ ””(‭Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭23:5‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

    It’s very important to always watch our mouths of what we say. We are responsible for our own actions and what we say or do does effect others around us.

  77. 9 And there arose a great cry: and the scribes that were of the Pharisees’ part arose, and strove, saying, We find no evil in this man: but if a spirit or an angel hath spoken to him, let us not fight against God.

    I cannot read this passage without recognizing that it must have felt like a great decision was being made in their lives. Many times I have felt this way myself and have had to hang onto knowing the goodness of God. In His goodness I realize that this is a crucial part to mercy as well. For many times, most of the time the goodness of God we need truly is that mercy or provision.

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