40 Days of FIRE – Day 21 – Acts Chapter 21

Day 21: Ch.21. Paul returns to Jerusalem despite the hardships he knows he will face. Paul had an amazing resolve to seek God’s honor, even in difficult circumstances. Pray that you reflect Christ in every situation and learn to daily seek God for direction. 

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Acts 21

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

54 thoughts on “40 Days of FIRE – Day 21 – Acts Chapter 21

  1. 12 And when we heard these things, both we, and they of that place, besought him not to go up to Jerusalem.

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

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

    It is difficult to believe that Paul’s parting words were spoken by a man who was knowingly disobeying the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We know that the disciples in Tyre told him through the spirit that he should not go to Jerusalem (v 4) but did Paul know they spoke through the Spirit? And did not the Lord later seem to approve hie trip to Jerusalem when He said, “ Be of good cheer, Paul; for as you have testified for Me in Jerusalem, so you must also bear witness at Rome” Two things are clear: First Paul did not think his personal safety was the main consideration in serving the Lord. Second, the Lord overruled all these events for His glory.

    A.L.M.A.S.

  2. 13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.

    Paul had a heart to serve the Lord and to be a sacrifice for the mission of spreading the Gospel. We should likewise set our self’s apart for the service of the Lord.

  3. 19 And when he had saluted them, he declared particularly what things God had wrought among the Gentiles by his ministry.

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

    GOD IS GOOD!
    All the time!!
    Hallelujah!
    Thank You Jesus!

  4. 13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.

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

    I don’t fear death anymore!! I have seen it face to face a couple of times, but God step right into those situations and showed everyone THERE IS INLY ONE GOD. I realize at that time that even when doctors can give you the worst possible outcome or diagnose GOD IS THE ONLY ONE THAT CAN DECIDE!!! HIS WILL BE DONE!!! As long as Jesus is on your side even death is a reward!

  5. 19 And when he had saluted them, he declared particularly what things God had wrought among the Gentiles by his ministry.

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

    Are we happy to hear what God is doing around the world or do we not care or say why didnt it happen here? we should be happy and rejoce for our brothers and sisters when God blesses them.

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

    It will be hard on Judgment Day to justify our struggle to live for God when we have it so much easier while standing next to the likes of Paul.

  7. Acts 21: 13-14 ( amp) Then Paul replied,What do you mean by weeping and breaking my heart this? For I hold myself in readiness not only to be arrested and bound and imprisoned at Jerusalem, but also ( even) to die for the name of Lord Jesus.
    (14) And when he would not yield to
    [ own] persuading,we stopped [ urging] and imploring him],saying,The Lord’s will be done.
    Paul was doing what the Lord instructed him what to do.
    He had a good heart to serve God.
    Know matter what it cost him.
    It all up to me and you to save yourself no matter what it cost.
    Seek the Kingdom First!
    Thank you Jesus for Everything you did for me.

  8. Acts of the Apostles 21:11-14
    [11]He came over, took Paul’s belt, and bound his own feet and hands with it. Then he said, “The Holy Spirit declares, ‘So shall the owner of this belt be bound by the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem and turned over to the Gentiles.’”
    [12]When we heard this, we and the local believers all begged Paul not to go on to Jerusalem.
    [13]But he said, “Why all this weeping? You are breaking my heart! I am ready not only to be jailed at Jerusalem but even to die for the sake of the Lord Jesus.”
    [14]When it was clear that we couldn’t persuade him, we gave up and said, “The Lord’s will be done.”

    We can’t be afraid to go to certain places to share the Gospel of Jesus with others. God is always with us.

    1 John 4:4 (KJV)  Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

  9. The commander agreed, so Paul stood on the stairs and motioned to the people to be quiet. Soon a deep silence enveloped the crowd, and he addressed them in their own language, Aramaic.
    Acts of the Apostles 21:40 NLT

    A man who once had power and issued decrees for Jews who prophesied about Jesus to be persecuted is now being beaten for the very same thing. The Dynamics of the apostle Paul’s conversion still amazes me thinking of how he drastically turned his life on the direction that he was once fighting against. Imagining his obedience to God in going places knowing what consequences were ahead, there was no better man in his position for the things that God did through him. Someone who could be beaten so harshly that the guards had to lift him up to protect him is now addressing that very same crowd just to reach their soul.

  10. Verses 12-13 MSG “When we heard that, we and everyone there that day begged Paul not to be stubborn and persist in going to Jerusalem. But Paul wouldn’t budge: “Why all this hysteria? Why do you insist on making a scene and making it even harder for me? You’re looking at this backward. The issue in Jerusalem is not what they do to me, whether arrest or murder, but what the Master Jesus does through my obedience. Can’t you see that?” Many times we can’t see the big picture; but 1 John 5:2-3 AMP says “By this we know [without any doubt] that we love the children of God: [expressing that love] when we love God and obey His commandments. For the [true] love of God is this: that we habitually keep His commandments and remain focused on His precepts. And His commandments and His precepts are not difficult [to obey].”

    1 John 2:3-6 AMP also tells us “And this is how we know [daily, by experience] that we have come to know Him [to understand Him and be more deeply acquainted with Him]: if we habitually keep [focused on His precepts and obey] His commandments (teachings). Whoever says, “I have come to know Him,” but does not habitually keep [focused on His precepts and obey] His commandments (teachings), is a liar, and the truth [of the divine word] is not in him. But whoever habitually keeps His word and obeys His precepts [and treasures His message in its entirety], in him the love of God has truly been perfected [it is completed and has reached maturity]. By this we know [for certain] that we are in Him: whoever says he lives in Christ [that is, whoever says he has accepted Him as God and Savior] ought [as a moral obligation] to walk and conduct himself just as He walked and conducted Himself.”

    Paul knew it wasn’t going to be easy but he understood that his obedience was the key. Deuteronomy 5:33 AMP says “You shall walk [that is, live each and every day] in all the ways which the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and so that it may be well with you, and that you may live long in the land which you will possess.” GREATER obedience!

  11. I love POFW LIVE JESUS GIVE JESUS2 GREATER! 13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus. Wow, wow would I in this day do this for Jesus? We should all work every day to be close enough to Jesus to do this!!!

  12. The seven days were almost ended when some Jews from the province of Asia saw Paul in the Temple and roused a mob against him. They grabbed him, yelling, “Men of Israel, help us! This is the man who preaches against our people everywhere and tells everybody to disobey the Jewish laws. He speaks against the Temple—and even defiles this holy place by bringing in Gentiles.” (For earlier that day they had seen him in the city with Trophimus, a Gentile from Ephesus, and they assumed Paul had taken him into the Temple.) The whole city was rocked by these accusations, and a great riot followed. Paul was grabbed and dragged out of the Temple, and immediately the gates were closed behind him. As they were trying to kill him, word reached the commander of the Roman regiment that all Jerusalem was in an uproar. He immediately called out his soldiers and officers and ran down among the crowd. When the mob saw the commander and the troops coming, they stopped beating Paul.”
    ‭‭Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭21:27-32‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    Let’s face it! Compromise never gets us what we think we’re going to get from it. There is always a price to pay in the end and in Paul’s case, the above led to disaster. Lord, help me to never compromise the principles of your Word for the convenience of the hour.

  13. 38 Art not thou that Egyptian, which before these days madest an uproar, and leddest out into the wilderness four thousand men that were murderers?

    The world will try to find a reason to ridicule us, accuse us and devalue what GOD has done in our lives!!! Why ?because they don’t understand the love and mercy of CHRIST!!! THE WORLD NEEDS AN ENCOUNTER WITH THE MOST HIGH GOD!!!

  14. 13 NKJV “Then Paul answered, “What do you mean by weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.””
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    Paul was warned what would happen to him if he went to Jerusalem and he insisted on going anyway. He was willing to give his life to further GOD’s Kingdom.
    Acts 20:24 NLT “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.”
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  15. “Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”
    ‭‭Acts‬ ‭21:13‬ ‭KJV‬‬

    We gotta be willing to die for this gospel.
    The day will come where you either deny Christ or die for Christ. Sure it’s easy to say you’d die for him now, but without relationship with Jesus would you really die for him. Jesus saved our life and literally died and resurrected so we could live eternally in the heavenly. If we don’t have relationship with him I’m not sure if we would die for someone we didn’t take the time to know. We gotta start now. TAKE ACTION NOW, read our Bibles now, pray NOW, I want a relationship with Jesus so strong that I wouldn’t even think twice about it.

  16. 18 And the day following Paul went in with us unto James; and all the elders were present
    19 And when he had saluted them, he declared particularly what things God had wrought among the Gentiles by his ministry.
    20 And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord, and said unto him, Thou seest, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are which believe; and they are all zealous of the law:

    Rejoice with them that rejoice! Souls are being saved and we can’t stop being zealous of the occasion. All of heaven rejoices and we should join everytime a soul is saved! I pray it never becomes mundane practice, but continues like a fire in our hearts to reach, save, and rejoice!

  17. 10 And as we tarried there many days, there came down from Judaea a certain prophet, named Agabus.
    11 And when he was come unto us, he took Paul’s girdle, and bound his own hands and feet, and said, Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.
    12 And when we heard these things, both we, and they of that place, besought him not to go up to Jerusalem.
    13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.

    Jesus replied: “’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ I pray that I am willing to die with a Lord Jesus Christ.

  18. 12 And when we heard these things, both we, and they of that place, besought him not to go up to Jerusalem.

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

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

    Paul was sold out for Jesus just like he was for killing christians prior to his conversion. I wonder, are we as sold out for the Kingdom as we are for our jobs? for our entertainment? for our own personal gain? Do we give our time to Jesus willingly and wholehearted, or are we just marking time to fulfill a commitment and make ourselves feel good that we have accomplished what we committed to do, but half heartedly?

    Paul was sold out and we need to be the same. Jobs are great, they provide for our families, but ultimately God gave us that job, and the knowledge to complete it. Entertainment is fine in its time and place, but we should give God our all and our best, and then He will bless us with the things we truly need.

    I am souled out, my mind is made up
    I am souled out, my mind is made up
    I am souled out, my mind is made up
    I am souled out, my mind is made up

    Who can separate us from the love Jesus
    Not death, nor life
    Jesus paid the price, now I’m free from sin

    I am souled out, my mind is made up
    I am souled out, my mind is made up

    I’ve come through the fire
    I’ve come through the rain
    But God, he never left my side
    He’s my comfort through all hurt and pain
    I am souled out
    I am souled out
    I am souled out
    I am souled out

    My heart is fixed, my mind’s made up
    No room, no vacancies, I’m all filled up
    His spirit lives in me
    And that’s the reason, I’m souled out
    Yes

  19. GREATER
    ARE YOU READY?

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

    There are occasions and opportunities for people with good intentions to hinder, delay or detour the will of GOD. Paul had witnessed much and endured much to declare the Gospel of JESUS and declared himself READY.

    Life has taught me that everyone does not have the same set of circumstances. For example, Stephen was stoned prior to living out his days. BUT. He was READY.

    Acts 7:59 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.

    JESUS instructed us to be READY.

    Matthew 24:42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
    43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
    44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

    Whether we are given long life or our days are cut short, we are not in control of. JESUS gives LIFE and also takes life. We are not the authors of breath. However like Paul we can make READY ourselves when we see that day approaching. Spiritually or physically. Through the sky or the grave, BE READY.

    ARE YOU READY?

    iRepent
    iPraise
    iPray
    iWork
    iLive
    iGive
    iReap
    iGo
    iBlessYouInTheNameOfTheLordJESUS
    iSee a REVIVAL and HARVEST building that is GREATER than anything I have ever seen coming to The POFW.

  20. The Kingdom of Heaven is GREATER

    Did y’all notice what was going on here? The Spirit was warning Paul, prophets were warning Paul, prophetess were warning Paul and yet Paul did not listen. Does this put Paul at fault? No, Paul knew in his heart what should be done. When we know what should be done, I reckon we should not look for another voice. Paul was ready to go see Jesus.

  21. The Living Bible
    vs-12
    Hearing this ,all of us the local believers and his traveling companions begged Paul not to go to Jerusalem.

    Luke clearly draws a parallel between Paul’s commitment and that of Jesus . In both cases the Jews were hostile, the victim was to be handed over to the Gentiles and was to suffer. Like Christ , Paul remained to do God’s will. While this comparison highlights Paul’s heroism it reminds us that we too are called upon Jesus’ example

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

    Even though they sought to kill him paul kept on speaking Christ

  23. 13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.

    Paul was a willing soul that would do anything to be with Him. We must learn this courage and faithfulness that Paul had, because he was a great example. We must be doing everything in our ability to try and be closer to and with Him. I pray this morning that we are all doing whatever it may take to increase our relationship with Him.

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

    What a mindset to have as Paul. He’s at peace, He’s bold, He has not lost faith despite the challenges and circumstances he’s about encounter. Paul an ambassador of The KING JESUS is has a work and a word to deliver. He didn’t fear the faces or voices of men but is obedient to the voice of The LORD JESUS.
    I must think that by this time or at some point perhaps in my life doubt and fear could have settled in my mind. But when your sold out for the cause of Jesus Christ the word of The LIRD must come to you to say that No weapon that is formed against me shall prosper.

    “One more soul!”
    All for your Glory
    All for your Honor
    “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?”
    ‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:31‬ ‭KJV‬‬

    “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
    ‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭1:7‬ ‭KJV‬‬

    “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: But we will remember the name of the LORD our God.”
    ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭20:7‬ ‭KJV‬‬

  25. Acts 21:18-20 (AMP)
    18) On the next day Paul went with us to (see) James, and all the elders of the church were present.
    19) After greeting them, Paul began to give a detailed account of the things that God had done among the Gentiles through his ministry.
    20) And when they heard it, they began glorifying (praising, worshiping, magnifying, exalting, honoring, thanking, blessing, etc…) and praising God; and they said to him, You see brother, how many thousands of believers there are among the Jews, and they are all enthusiastic supporters of the law (of Moses).

    Anytime another minister comes to church and begins to give a detailed account of what God is doing in other peoples hearts and lives, we should GLORIFY (praise, worship, magnify, exalt, honor, thank, bless) God. He’s Doing GREAT Things!!

    Thank You JESUS!

  26. Greater
    Results of Following Jesus

    v14 And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done.

    If we are willing to die with Jesus, we also will share in His resurrection . Our glorious hope of the final resurrection.
    Jesus gives eternal life to those who embrace His salvation.
    “It is His will that none perish but come to
    repentance “

  27. “Then Paul answered, “Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” When he would not be dissuaded, we gave up and said, “The Lord’s will be done.””
    ‭‭Acts‬ ‭21:13-14‬ ‭NIV‬‬

    Paul had a boldness and would not be moved or persuaded. He had that deep relationship with god that no matter what others said or did to try to move him he would not be moved. In our walk we must have this boldness that no matter what circumstances may come our way and try to knock us down we won’t back down and we won’t be moved for we know that all that we do is through Jesus.

  28. “Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”
    ‭‭Acts‬ ‭21:13‬ ‭KJV‬‬
    ***************
    The people were weeping for him, telling him not to go, it broke his heart for he knew what he must do and he did it willingly. He was devoted to telling everyone of the love and salvation of Christ. Can we, can I be so devoted. I hope so, I know the only way that I would lay my life down for someone, would to have a close relationship with him/her. I know to have a close relationship with someone is to spend time with them, talk with them, give to them and also receive from them. To love someone is to give your all to them with trust and faith. I love Jesus, and to come to a Paul moment I will have to grow that love to the point of death so that I can have life with Him forever. Lord search my heart and purify me of any wrong doing, for my life belongs to you.

  29. 12 And when we heard these things, both we, and they of that place, besought him not to go up to Jerusalem.

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

    It seems that all of the leaders and saints didn’t want Paul to go to Jerusalem, but, God did want him to go. This no doubt was a test to see if Paul would obey God. Some times it is hard to do God’s will when everyone seems to be against it. If he was ordained to go to Rome and stand before Caesar, nothing would keep him from it.

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

    Paul was fully persuaded and fully given to Christ. He was no longer living for himself but for Christ. It was as if his motto was that “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven (Matt 6:10).”

    “Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.”
    ‭‭Luke‬ ‭22:42‬ ‭KJV‬‬

  31. 39 But Paul said, I am a man which am a Jew of Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, a citizen of no mean city: and, I beseech thee, suffer me to speak unto the people.
    40 And when he had given him licence, Paul stood on the stairs, and beckoned with the hand unto the people. And when there was made a great silence, he spake unto them in the Hebrew tongue, saying,

    Despite being beaten terribly, Paul still wants to speak to and try to reach these Jews with the truth of their salvation. He was definitely an overcome and exame for us all.

  32. Acts 21:19,20 After a time of greeting and small talk, Paul told the story, detail by detail, of what God had done among the non-Jewish people through his ministry. They listened with delight and gave God the glory.

    I Timothy 2:7 Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, ( I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles and in faith and truth.
    I will therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.

  33. 13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.

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

    The love of God was manifested in the life of Paul. He knew how hard was to preach the gospel to a generation full of religiosity.
    Paul persecuted the apostles because he really love God, but not with the right knowledge.
    Now it’s interesting to see how the religious people, persecute Paul and the disciples not knowing or ignoring the scriptures. Sometimes it’s harder to try to teach to a person that thinks that know the true than a regular person(gentile) that know anything about bible.
    Let’s pray for knowledge and opportunity to teach the gospel to our surroundings. In Jesus name!

  34. 13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.

    How far are you willing to go in Jesus name?

    Paul was prepared to go all the way because he new the end was greater than the punishment. As Christians we will go through some things. Things we will not like and they may not feel good. However, we must stay true to the will of our father. God will keep us and lead us.

  35. 23 Do therefore this that we say to thee: We have four men who have a vow on them;
    24 Them take, and purify thyself with them, and be at charges with them, that they may shave their heads: and all may know that those things, whereof they were informed concerning thee, are nothing; but that thou thyself also walkest orderly, and keepest the law.
    The Jews have been such a stack on their traditions that they are willing to kill anybody to protect the Jews’ temple laws.
    in the gospel of Mattew Jesus said to them your house has left desolate God wasn’t with the Jews nation any longer they had rejected him.
    Same as today, many Christian religions rejected God’s commandments and they are very zealous about men’s made obligations and laws.

  36. 14 And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done.

    It’s important we’re patient in waiting for God’s will to be done, if we try to rush things and do it our own way, nothing will work out according to His will.

  37. “After greeting them, Paul gave a detailed account of the things God had accomplished among the Gentiles through his ministry. After hearing this, they praised God. And then they said, “You know, dear brother, how many thousands of Jews have also believed, and they all follow the law of Moses very seriously.”
    ‭‭Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭21:19-20‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    In His kingdom there is always accountability. Through this we keep ourselves in alignment with His will and God is also praise through this.

  38. 13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.

    God help us to have the attitude of Paul, no matter what comes we are ready to give up everything for your name. Whatever it takes Jesus let us be willing.

  39. 13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.

    I think we all feel this way about someone. I would do anything for my wife and my child. I pray to have this type of love and boldness in life when spreading the gospel.

  40. 12 And when we heard these things, both we, and they of that place, besought him not to go up to Jerusalem.

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

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

  41. “And some cried one thing, some another, among the multitude: and when he could not know the certainty for the tumult, he commanded him to be carried into the castle.”
    ‭‭Acts‬ ‭21:34‬ ‭KJV‬‬

    There will always be someone or ‘they’ that will lie on a man or woman of God but this must not deter us from serving Jesus. We have to follow what the word says

    “Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, And respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.”
    ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭40:4‬ ‭KJV‬‬

    Trust in the Lord and believe God will get you through!

  42. 40 And when he had given him licence, Paul stood on the stairs, and beckoned with the hand unto the people. And when there was made a great silence, he spake unto them in the Hebrew tongue, saying,

    The best way to speak to people is in their language, in a way they will understand. It doesn’t matter what revelation and deep insights you have on the word of God if you can’t covey the simple message of salvation and speak love. To love the Lord thy God and other as yourself.

  43. 5 And when we had accomplished those days, we departed and went our way; and they all brought us on our way, with wives and children, till we were out of the city: and we kneeled down on the shore, and prayed.

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

      What a great reminder that we are all different. We will handle situations differently. Paul didn’t desire for them to weep over him because his purpose was settled in his heart. I can only imagine the inward turmoil he faced to get to this point. Yet he was content with his end.

  44. “Aren’t you the Egyptian who led a rebellion some time ago and took 4,000 members of the Assassins out into the desert?” “No,” Paul replied, “I am a Jew and a citizen of Tarsus in Cilicia, which is an important city. Please, let me talk to these people.”
    Acts of the Apostles 21:38‭-‬39 NLT

    https://bible.com/bible/116/act.21.38-39.NLT

    We don’t need a “big fish” story to share the Word of God or a testimony. All we need is what we have. What He has given us.

  45. 28 Crying out, Men of Israel, help: This is the man, that teacheth all men every where against the people, and the law, and this place: and further brought Greeks also into the temple, and hath polluted this holy place.
    29 (For they had seen before with him in the city Trophimus an Ephesian, whom they supposed that Paul had brought into the temple.)
    30 And all the city was moved, and the people ran together: and they took Paul, and drew him out of the temple: and forthwith the doors were shut.

    Paul was accused of so very much, yet he was known, remembered, and recognized after his life as being a man that stood up against adversity and stood up for what He believed in. Despite his background and beliefs earlier in his life, he did not let that dictate where he stood or the decisions he made. Let us be steadfast and strong as Paul. Let His actions be an example to follow.

  46. 4 And finding disciples, we tarried there seven days: who said to Paul through the Spirit, that he should not go up to Jerusalem.
    5 And when we had accomplished those days, we departed and went our way; and they all brought us on our way, with wives and children, till we were out of the city: and we kneeled down on the shore, and prayed.
    6 And when we had taken our leave one of another, we took ship; and they returned home again.

    Since Jesus is not about confusion, why did Paul not listen when the Spirit said not to go? Or was is the flesh of the people, and not really the Spirit?

  47. 12 And when we heard these things, both we, and they of that place, besought him not to go up to Jerusalem.
    13 Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.

    Paul was truly willing to suffer and die to further Jesus’s Name. I have thought about that sometimes, and I am not sure how far I could honestly go. I hope I would stay strong and not crack under pressure, so that I could further Jesus‘a name.

  48. 36 For the multitude of the people followed after, crying, Away with him.
    37 And as Paul was to be led into the castle, he said unto the chief captain, May I speak unto thee? Who said, Canst thou speak Greek?

    There are times when Jesus is getting us positioned so that we might become ready for what He has in store for us.

  49. 9 He had four unmarried daughters who had the gift of prophecy.

    I’m not sure when being married became the requirement for being used in ministry. Or that you had to be a certain age. There are multiple scriptures explaining a young person being used, or a woman being used.

    The word of God that I read and believe, tells me in John 14:12 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.”

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

    This doesn’t give a list of requirements; age, material status, or race. It does say you have to Believe in Him, have to be wellpleasing, and above all else we have to be willing.

    If you want to be used in the ministry, serve. Be willing, and available!

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

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

    15 And after those days we took up our carriages, and went up to Jerusalem. It would be good to be used as Paul was Praise God

  51. 13 Then Paul replied, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart [like this]? For I am ready not only to be bound and imprisoned, but even to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” 14 And since he would not be dissuaded, we stopped pleading and fell silent, saying, “The Lord’s will be done!”

    No matter what we think needs to be done or should be done… The Lord’s will be done. If it’s His will, it will be so!

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