The Truth of the Self-Absorbed–Acts 24

After Paul was safely delivered to the Governor Felix, He presented his case to the Governor.  Paul, who was accused of being a hooligan and a rabble-rouser, was easily seen as an articulate and reasonable man.  Felix listened as Paul explained about Christ and his mission to Europe, Asia and his brief visit back to Jerusalem.  Problem was–Felix simply did not care.  He was looking for Paul to line his pockets not explain his innocence. He met with Paul several times over a two year period, gave him some limited freedom and even had him preach to his wife–still at the end of his term, he had no intention of freeing Paul.  He simply used him as a tool to control the Jewish leadership.

In present day, little has changed.  The overriding principle with those that do not know Jesus is–that they are focused on themselves and their own personal interests. They may entertain and even feign interest in the truth and what is right, but at day’s end, they have only one intention, to meet their personal interests and line their own pockets.  We, as believers, must not be fooled into believing that the world will ever accept or believe in the truth.  We must be faithful in delivering the truth, but, leave the power of change to the one person that makes change–the Holy Spirit.  Paul knew it, and we should always remember– we are to remain available but allow God to be the change agent.  If we do, then we will walk in peace and get to watch God do amazing things!!!

God Bless You

17 “After an absence of several years, I came to Jerusalem to bring my people gifts for the poor and to present offerings. 18 I was ceremonially clean when they found me in the temple courts doing this. There was no crowd with me, nor was I involved in any disturbance. 19 But there are some Jews from the province of Asia, who ought to be here before you and bring charges if they have anything against me. 20 Or these who are here should state what crime they found in me when I stood before the Sanhedrin— 21 unless it was this one thing I shouted as I stood in their presence: ‘It is concerning the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial before you today.’”

22 Then Felix, who was well acquainted with the Way, adjourned the proceedings. “When Lysias the commander comes,” he said, “I will decide your case.” 23 He ordered the centurion to keep Paul under guard but to give him some freedom and permit his friends to take care of his needs.

24 Several days later Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish. He sent for Paul and listened to him as he spoke about faith in Christ Jesus. 25 As Paul talked about righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and said, “That’s enough for now! You may leave. When I find it convenient, I will send for you.” 26 At the same time he was hoping that Paul would offer him a bribe, so he sent for him frequently and talked with him.

27 When two years had passed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus, but because Felix wanted to grant a favor to the Jews, he left Paul in prison.

Author: Michael Smith

This is an amazing Journey. I hope you will hear from the Lord, as you seek Him with your heart. Matthew 6:33

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