Word of Encouragement

I have been captivated by Paul since we began studying Philippians together.  One of the decisions he makes is to become a prisoner so that he can go to Rome and witness to Caesar’s household.  He deliberately makes himself a prisoner so that he can witness in Rome.  That is some kind of commitment.  It would take a powerful force to get a man to do that.  And a powerful force it was.  In Acts 23, Paul has a second vision, a sequel to his Damascus experience.  23:11 says, “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.'”  I guess having the Lord standing next to you is a powerful force.  Have there been times in your life when the direction you were to go was that clear?  It is hard to compete with the Lord standing next to you, but I have had some really clear instructions in my life, decisions that set a course for me that is still playing out.  It is so good to know that God can be clear as crystal sometimes.  I hope and pray God’s intentions for you are crystal clear today.

~Grace & Peace~

Pastor Ernie


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