PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• The Apostle Paul was arrested several times during his ministry and in Acts 24, we find him standing trial, accused of inciting riots among the Jews.
A lawyer named Tertullus gave the accusation in verses 2-8.
Then, Governor Felix heard Paul’s side of things.
In verses 22-23, Felix basically put the trial on continuance and ordered Paul back to jail.
But this was no ordinary prisoner, and Felix knew that.
So much so that in Acts 24:24-25, it says, “A few days later Felix came back with his wife, Drusilla, who was Jewish. Sending for Paul, they listened as he told them about faith in Christ Jesus. As he reasoned with them about righteousness and self-control and the coming day of judgment, Felix became frightened. ‘Go away for now,’ he replied. ‘When it is more convenient, I’ll call for you again.’”
Felix did this for two years (verse 27).
How often do we do the same thing? “Go away for now; when it’s more convenient, I’ll call for you again.”
And then we drag our feet.
Whether you’re being called to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior; or resisting the Holy Spirit’s nudge to recommit your life; or simply delaying a command to obey — we often put off things that scare us or push us out of our comfort zone.
We look for things to be more convenient for us before we commit.
We fail to remember that no one is promised tomorrow (Proverbs 27:1; James 4:14).
And we fail to acknowledge the truth of Romans 13:11-12 which says, “This is all the more urgent, for you know how late it is; time is running out. Wake up, for our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is almost gone; the day of salvation will soon be here. So remove your dark deeds like dirty clothes, and put on the shining armor of right living.”
Y’all, there is no time like the present to live for Jesus.
I wasted almost half my life living for myself and I wish I could go back with the understanding I have now.
I wish every breath I ever took was breathed out with gratitude to Jesus and all He’s done for me, even when I ran from Him.
I’m so grateful for the grace that He gives because while my past may be wasted, my present and my future don’t have to be.
And the same goes for you, you, you, you, and you!
The day of salvation is today.
The day to stop resisting is today.
The day to obey is today.
The Lord is stronger than us and all our stubborn ways.
His will WILL prevail (Proverbs 19:21).
And life is so much sweeter when we completely surrender to Him.
Whatever excuses for delaying are just that — excuses.
And they won’t hold up in God’s courtroom.
Today, as you pray, thank our amazing Savior for giving us grace.
And if you’re resisting the call to come to Him, live for Him, or follow a direction He’s calling you to, pray for the courage to step out in faith.
Ask the Creator to fill you with confidence and the trust that He will not abandon you and that He will empower you to whatever He asks from you (Joshua 1:9; Philippians 4:13).