All in the FamilyMarch 22 2012 at 7:24 AM
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by Charles R. Swindoll
Read Acts 23:11-22
Not one assassin but forty of them! Forty determined terrorists, operating under cover of secrecy. All of them vowing, "We will not eat or drink until we've killed him." The plan was treacherous and set in motion by those who wanted him dead. What they hadn't counted on was an unlikely ally for Paul. His nephew had overheard everything and made tracks to warn his uncle.
Remarkably, Paul's nephew plays a major role in his survival. He is not mentioned by name, and we never hear of him again. Then how did he know about the ambush? Only God knows.
Meanwhile, the Roman commander was feeling relieved, proud of his wise handling of the situation. His musings were interrupted by a reluctant knock at the door. The news couldn't be good. One of his centurions reports that the young man with him has some important information about a conspiracy to kill Paul. The Roman commander wasn't about to let some scrappy band of fanatics spoil his plan to bring Paul safely to Rome. So he pulled out all the stops.
Uniformed, armed, and trained soldiers. Four hundred and seventy-two to forty rag-tag conspirators. Nice odds. Talk about overkill. The guy would not be outdone. He made sure no one could get to Paul. Remember God's promise? "You must witness at Rome." This is just part of that divine plan. It was as if God said, "I know what I am doing. I will escort you down to Caesarea by the Sea with full protection. You are in My hand." A massive official escort---that would work just fine.
What a comforting story. Despite the odds stacked against him, Paul was never removed from God's protective hand. And neither are you.
Are you feeling alone, mistreated, misunderstood, forsaken? Remember this true account. God is at work. He's there, working behind the scenes. He'll work it out. He has a plan. Just when you're convinced the bottom is about to drop out from under you, He steps in and lifts you to safety. For Paul, he used an unlikely and virtually anonymous ally, a nameless nephew who comes out of the shadows at precisely the right time. God's timing is always perfectly synchronized with His will. Remember that. And be comforted.
He Will Finish
|March 22 2012, 7:26 AM |
Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus
(Philippians 1:6, NIV)
Are you believing for something that seems like its taking longer than you hoped? Maybe youve been praying for a loved one. Maybe youve believed for a situation to change for years. Dont get discouraged. God is going to finish what He started! He is a faithful God, and He has something unmatched, unparalleled coming your way favor, breakthroughs, restoration like you havent seen before!
God has been good to all of us in the past, but I believe were coming into a time where we will see greater anointing, greater power and greater victories! The key is that we have to stay in agreement with God. We should get up every morning and say, Father, thank You for Your unprecedented favor. Thank You for the immeasurable, unlimited, surpassing greatness of Your power. If you keep standing in faith, I believe youre going to come into more of those days where you stand in utter amazement and say, Wow, God! Ive never seen anything like this before!
Remember, scripture says, Is there anything too hard for the Lord? No, nothing is impossible when we put our faith and trust in Him. Keep standing today, keep believing, keep hoping because God has something astounding in store for your future!
A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Heavenly Father, today I set my heart and mind on You. I choose to trust that You are working behind the scenes on my behalf. I stand strong on Your Word today knowing that victory is on the way in Jesus name. Amen!
Re: He Will Finish
|April 13 2012, 2:01 AM |
Hello to all as always thanks so much for sharing all the words of God & prayers. Amen
God bless u all :D