S.O.A.P March 16, 2018
March 16, 2018
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Scripture: Acts 21:12-14, When we heard this, we and the local believers all begged Paul not to go on to Jerusalem. But he said, “Why all this weeping? You are breaking my heart! I am ready not only to be jailed at Jerusalem but even to die for the sake of the Lord Jesus.” When it was clear that we couldn’t persuade him, we gave up and said, “The Lord’s will be done.”
Observation: Luke, the Gentile delegation, and the Caesarean disciples pleaded with Paul not to go up to Jerusalem. Earlier, the disciples at Tyre had also strongly urged Paul not to go (21:4). But Paul did not heed their advice. Rather, his inner conviction to go to Jerusalem was stronger. Seeing Paul’s determination, the group stopped pleading with him and said, ‘The Lord’s will be done.” The group then made preparations for the final leg of the trip to Jerusalem. Despite their own misgivings, they supported Paul in every way possible.
Application: Most of the time, people truly want what is best for us. Our brothers and sisters in Christ love us and want to save us from heartache and pain (at least that’s been my experience!) I think this was the case for Paul. They knew he would encounter dire circumstances in Jerusalem and they hated to see their dear friend and brother have to experience such hardship. Thus, they gave him all kinds of advice to not go. But Paul knew what God had called him to. His inner conviction was so strong and he KNEW God was calling him to such a task. There are times when people offer us advice because they care for us and want what’s best for us. It’s a good thing to listen to Godly advice from others. However, we also have to listen to our inner convictions, what the Holy Spirit is telling us to do. It’s great when the advice and the inner convictions agree! But there will be times when they don’t. That’s when we have to really pray and ask God for discernment. In the end, we need to do what God is calling us to do, even when it’s the hard thing.
Prayer: God, give me the wisdom to discern what you have called me to do. Even when the task is hard, help me be clear of my purpose and the task you have set before me. Surround me with Godly people who can offer good advice and support me in my ministry. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
I Peter 4:8, Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.
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