by Christina Farris
7 And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.
8 For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life:
9 But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:
10 Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us; Paul Said "I am a Roman in Acts 22 in todays Continual Scripture Study." One wonders did he do so to get out of being beaten or to protect the Romans who were about to have him beaten with a trial or hearing. Paul no matter where he went found trouble. Asia was no different, and when persecution came it almost cost him his life and those with him, but God saved them from even death. They had to trust in God who raise Jesus from the dead. The point being we must trust in God.
As believer we must learn to trust in God no matter the circumstance that we find ourselves in or in the storms of our life. Prayer must become our focal point to communication with God, and use it to help to focus on trusting in Jesus to take care of us even facing times of trouble. Our freedom and our independence has nothing do with faith and reliance on God. If you believe God is optimate control then you have no problem handing the bigger issue over to him, might want to think again. There is a learning curve to relying on God through prayer and meditation.Somethings are easier to trust God for and then there other things will we struggle with.
Yet when we realize even in death of Jesus his ability to raise up Christ, he able to raise us up by his power. When the words of faith are no longer flippant, or mindless repetition, and becomes a part of one's life, that when God is able to work the impossible in your situation. Paul knew his trust in Jesus had to be purified by the Spirit, he knew his own trust had to be learned as well and so the things he face taught him to rely on God's Spirit.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for teaching us to trust you through prayer, meditation and your word. Through providing for us. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study:Acts 22:24-30 KJV
24 The chief captain commanded him to be brought into the castle, and bade that he should be examined by scourging; that he might know wherefore they cried so against him.
25 And as they bound him with thongs, Paul said unto the centurion that stood by, Is it lawful for you to scourge a man that is a Roman, and uncondemned?
26 When the centurion heard that, he went and told the chief captain, saying, Take heed what thou doest: for this man is a Roman.
27 Then the chief captain came, and said unto him, Tell me, art thou a Roman? He said, Yea.
28 And the chief captain answered, With a great sum obtained I this freedom. And Paul said, But I was free born.
29 Then straightway they departed from him which should have examined him: and the chief captain also was afraid, after he knew that he was a Roman, and because he had bound him.
30 On the morrow, because he would have known the certainty wherefore he was accused of the Jews, he loosed him from his bands, and commanded the chief priests and all their council to appear, and brought Paul down, and set him before them.