How do you react when tragedy strikes? Do you get mad at God? Do you panic? This section of Acts teaches us how to keep calm and see God in the midst of terrible circumstances
To escape means to use your own power to avoid trouble. Deliverance means God uses His power to take you out of trouble. It
How his accusers acted, and how Paul responded can teach us lessons when we face trials
I think many of us struggle with the direction of our lives
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Sometimes God destines for us to go through tough times too
In his missionary journeys Paul has faced lots of problems
How do you picture the Devil? Is a funny-looking guy in a red suit with horns and a pitchfork? Is he an all powerful force, which you are incapable of resisting? In truth, neither is accurate.
Today we are going to see two groups of people who treat the knowledge of God
Today we find our friends: Paul and Silas, singing their way out of jail. And it
Paul faced long odds and serious injuries: but kept going. We too can take hope from his example as we battle for our King and Lord: Jesus Christ against a very tough and ruthless enemy: Lucifer, the Devil himself.
We see Paul & Barnabus receive a job from God
Peter finds himself alone in prison - but he is not really alone. Sometimes in life we feel like we're boxed in with no where to turn. God comes to us and helps us escape from our prisons too.
Feelings eventually become views, which held long and firm enough become opinions
We find Stephen, a powerful witness for Jesus, contending with men of a synagogue made up of freed slaves. When they cannot win against his arguments, they hire others to lie about Stephen to the rulers of the day
What is God calling you to do? Have you faced persecution or rejection or trial in it? Are you discouraged, ready to give up? Learn to see God growing you as much as He is using you.
We are ordinary men, just like Peter and John. Obvious to the elite and powerful, we are nobody. Yet God chooses to use us, if we will but have courage.
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