Acts 26:28 Persuasion Opportunity

“Then Agrippa said to Paul, Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?” Acts 26:28

While Paul is being held in Caesarea by Festus, King Agrippa comes to visit Festus. He is given a chance to hear Paul’s statements. Immediately Paul tells his story of how Jesus got a hold of him when he was traveling on the road to Damascus. As he finishes he challenges Agrippa to believe what he knows to be true.

Every believer is supposed to be a witness for Jesus. They are to tell others about who Jesus is and what He has done for them. This telling people is not to be done in secret code or in quiet action, but openly and clearly.

When you are telling a person about Jesus, you must not just stop at the telling. Yes, it is important to tell of what Jesus has done for you and can do for the other person, but there must be more. There must be persuasion.

Persuasion is the urging of a person to do something. The thing they do can be changing thoughts, or actions, or saying something, or physically doing something. It is encouraging the person to do the next step.

As you tell others about Jesus, you need to persuade them to make a choice in whether to believe in Jesus or not. Do not allow the testimony you give to just be some information they hear and forget about in the next five minutes. Seek a response to it.

In the case with King Agrippa, Paul was not able to persuade him at that time, but the challenge was there. King Agrippa realized what Paul was trying to do.

Not every person will believe in Jesus with your testimony. Yet, your testimony should be set in a way to challenge their belief. Do they see what you are doing? Or are you just giving some interesting information?

Every time you speak of your testimony it should be with the idea of drawing someone to believe in Jesus. Give that person the opportunity to believe.

I pray today that God will open doors for you to be His witness; that you will persuade people to believe in Jesus; that people will see your desire for them to believe in Jesus; that the world will be challenged through you; and that many will come to Jesus through you.

Acts 25:7 Is There Proof

“When Paul came in, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem stood around him. They brought many serious charges against him, but they could not prove them.” Acts 25:7

While being held in Caesarea, Paul was brought in before Festus for trial. Those that were accusing him were there and trying to show why they wanted Paul sentenced. They gave out many different serious charges, but none of them could be proven.

The court systems are filled to overflowing with people being accused of many things. Lawyers get paid a lot of money to prove or disprove the accusations. While many are proven guilty, there are some who are let off because there was no real proof of their guilt.

Paul had been preaching the gospel message to the people. Some were very angry with him and attempted to get him in trouble. They made up accusations hoping it would work. Yet, it did not.

If you are being serious about telling others about Jesus, the world will take a stand against you. They will attempt to show you are doing something wrong.

Currently in America, a common way to get someone is to call the action a “hate crime”. Speaking out against certain lifestyles can now at times be classified as a hate crime. If the speaking is done in anger or just to cut the person down, that accusation would be correct. If it is done in the love of Jesus, to point people to Jesus, it would be wrong.

As you go through this life, may no one ever be able to prove you guilty of any wrong doing. Let them accuse you of things because you follow Jesus. God sees it and knows the truth. Many who hear the accusations also know the truth of them.

Live your life the way Jesus did. Do not fear their accusations. Do not given reason for the accusations.

Is there proof to any accusation against you? If it is wrong doing, change. The only proof to be found should be that you love, follow, and serve Jesus and that you strive to tell everyone about Jesus.

I pray today that you will live your life as Jesus did; that no one will be able to prove you of doing wrong; that you will be a witness of who Jesus is and what He did; that you will not fear any accusations; and that many will know Jesus because of your words and actions.

Acts 24:16 Clear Conscience

“So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man.” Acts 24:16

Paul was being held in prison for his preaching. While there the governor, Felix, came down to hear his case. Paul boldly told Felix what he had been doing. He then told Felix that he works hard at keeping his conscience clear before both God and men.

People do not always think about their conscience. They will often push it down and ignore it. When they do something wrong, they try to excuse it away and forget about it. Yet, the problem is still there.

God has allowed men’s hearts to grow cold and hardened against what is right and wrong. Many things that are acceptable now, were not even allowed to be discussed a hundred years ago. Now those things are openly proclaimed and promoted.

Some people will try to keep their conscience clear with God and ignore people. Others will work to keep their conscience clear for men but forget God.

Keeping a clear conscience is knowing in your heart and mind that you have not done anything wrong. It is knowing that you are innocent of any wrong doing.

The only way to have a clear conscience with God is to believe in Jesus and accept the cleansing of your sins by His blood. At that point you are to strive to keep your conscience clear.

With men, you must strive to never do anything wrong to anyone ever. Doing wrong can be in words or in action. It can be something very little or it can be a major wrong. Either way it is wrong.

Doing any wrong to any person is also doing wrong to God. God wants you to treat everyone like He would treat them…with love.

This will take work on your part to do. It will also take the guidance and strength of the Holy Spirit in your life.

Is your conscience clear before men? Only you and God know that answer, men cannot see your heart and mind.

Is your conscience clear before God? Again, only you and God can know that answer.

Work at keeping your conscience clear before both men and God. Then no one will be able to accurately accuse you of anything wrong.

I pray today that you will see when you are about to do anyone wrong and change your path; that you will be filled with the Holy Spirit to guide and strengthen you; that you will accept the cleansing of your conscience by the blood of Jesus; and that no one will be able to accuse you of any wrong.

Acts 23:11 Testify Again

“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.” Acts 23:11

Paul had been arrested for talking about Jesus in public places. As he was tried, he boldly stated who Jesus was and why he talked about Him. The people were angry with him and so the soldiers took him away to be safe. In the night Jesus came to Paul and told him that he must also testify about Him in Rome. Paul had to go to Rome.

One of the most common questions people ask when going through a tough situation in life is “why?” This is especially true when the person is doing everything right and following God.

Paul had been doing everything right. He had been telling the people about Jesus. But remember that Jesus had told Paul that he had to be a witness to the Gentiles. Jerusalem was not a city of the Gentiles. It was, however, God’s method of getting Paul to Rome where there were more Gentiles who had not heard about Jesus.

God uses many different ways to get you where you need to be in order to be His witness. Sometimes those methods are good, such as getting promoted on a job requiring a move to a new location. This gets you around new people to be His witness.

Other times it can be something disastrous. A major sickness causes you to be in a hospital where you can be a witness of Jesus to those there. A lost job causes you to move to a new job with new people who need to hear about Jesus.

Sometimes, Jesus will use the enemy (the world) to move you to a new location. Paul was sent to Rome as a prisoner. Jesus will use any method needed to get His message spread.

Are you willing to go where Jesus needs you to go? Are you willing to testify again of who Jesus is? Always search for new people to tell Jesus about again and again and again.

I pray today that Jesus will reveal who you are to be His witness to; that you will not fear movement or change; that God will give you His boldness to move forward in spreading the gospel message; and that many people will be drawn to Jesus through you.

Acts 22:1 Defense

“Brothers and fathers, listen now to my defense.” Acts 22:1

The people had rose up against Paul’s preaching in Jerusalem. A riot was in the forming. The officials grabbed Paul to take him in. As they were holding him, Paul asks to speak to the crowd. Read the verses now through verse 21. Paul gives his defense.

Paul’s defense was not against the people. He starts out telling who he had been at one time. Paul had been very zealous for following the Law and upholding those ways and traditions. He fought against Jesus and every believer, believing he was fighting for God, not against God.

He then tells his story of how Jesus got a hold of his attention. At that point Paul learned that he was to be a witness to the Gentiles. This is what the people did not like and had him captured for.

People often get nervous or scared when having to defend the belief in Jesus. They fear saying the wrong thing, or not sounding very smart. Many do not believe they know enough to defend their belief. They feel they do not know the Bible well enough. Jesus had once said that you are not to worry about that, but that the Holy Spirit would give you the words to speak when the time came.

Yes, there are some people who can quote every Bible verse and break down their theological beliefs very well. Most people cannot do that.

The one thing every person can do is tell what Jesus has done for them. Tell why you believe in Jesus. Tell why you started to follow Jesus. Tell what Jesus wants you to do.

Every believer can also tell what Jesus has done for every person on this earth. Tell the people about how He died on the cross for them and rose from the dead. Tell how Jesus will return some day.

These things do not take a Bible college degree or ministerial license to tell. You do not have to be an attorney to defend your belief. They can be told in normal everyday words and experiences.

Are you defending your faith today? How are you defending your faith today? Tell your story.

I pray today that Jesus will give you the boldness to tell your story to others; that you will not fear defending what you believe; that you will not keep your story silent; and that Jesus will draw many to Himself through your story.

Acts 21:13 How Much Are Willing To Go Through?

“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.” Acts 21:13

Paul was on his way to Jerusalem and had stopped in Caesarea to stay for a few days. As he was getting ready to leave, many people came up to him weeping and asking him not to go to Jerusalem. One prophet even prophesied about him getting bound up there. Paul told them to stop weeping because he was ready to be bound and even die in Jerusalem if it was God’s will.

When things are going good, it is very easy to do what God desires. It is easy to go to church, tithe, and help out friends. The challenge is when things are not going so well.

At this time, most people, in America, do not have to face being thrown in prison, and definitely not death for doing God’s will. Telling other people about Jesus has not become a crime in America…yet.

The challenge for believers in America, tend to be the inconvenience of doing what God desires. It may take away your time from watching a sports game or television show. It may slow you down a bit from getting to where you are going.

The other challenge can be for some of the ridicule that may be given. Other people may cut you down for talking about Jesus. Some may even hate you. Family may shun you. Some may talk bad about you.

In all of these things, and many more, these are some of the binds and prisons put on believers today. Paul was willing to go all the way. He was willing because He knew that Jesus went all the way for him.

Jesus went through the suffering of beatings and the dying on the cross for you to give you life. If Jesus did all this for you, you should be willing to do as much as possible for Him.

In America the chance of having to die for your faith is slim right now, but are you willing to be made fun of and cut down for Jesus? Are you willing to go all the way for Jesus to tell others about Him? How far are you willing to go?

I pray today that Jesus will reveal to you what you must do for Him; that Jesus will fill you with His Holy Spirit to guide and strengthen you; that you will be willing to do His desire; and that you will go all the way with Jesus.

Acts 20:24 The Main Goal

“However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me–the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.” Acts 20:24

Paul had been traveling all around to Gentile cities preaching the gospel message. He now feels led to go back to Jerusalem. He was run out of there by the Jews and so would not know what would happen when he goes there. He does know that everywhere he went he had to face persecution and prison a lot. He now says that, to himself, his life is worthless. His whole goal in life is to do what Jesus wants him to do–to preach the gospel message.

There are many books on the shelves on how to succeed in just about anything you want to succeed in. Thousands of books are written on how to succeed in making money. Everyone has the “key” to success. Speakers travel all around the country and world talking about how to be successful.

The most common thread in all of the ways how to succeed is to have a goal. You are to set your mind on a goal and how to achieve it. Then you are to go for it with everything in you.

The world looks at success in measuring what you have or don’t have as to whether you are successful or not.

Paul look at success as completing the task Jesus gave him to do. Jesus had the view of success in completing the work the Father gave Him to do.

Jesus has a plan for you. He has a work for you to do. The bottom line of that plan for you is to be like Jesus and to tell everyone you can about Jesus.

The plans Jesus has for you are for eternal value. The plans the world has for you to succeed are only temporary, in this life alone.

Where is your focus and aim today? Are you striving to be more like Jesus? Are you working hard at telling others about Jesus? Or are you working hard to get rich and have a great retirement plan set up? What is your goal today?

I pray today that Jesus will impress up your heart His goals for your life; that you will know the plans Jesus has for you; that you will aim to do the work Jesus has for you to do; that you will be more like Jesus everyday; and that Jesus will draw many to Himself through you.