Paul a Roman Citizen under arrest
DAY 33: SUN 02 APR, 17
“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” (1 Peter 3:15)
Come and Rest in My Presence Declare Christ the King! Luke 19:38 “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
Receive My PowerReading: See what happens next! Acts 22:17-29 ESV Audio Bible
Acts 22:17-29 TPT
“Then I returned to Jerusalem. And while I was praying in the temple, I entered another realm and saw him. [Jesus] He said to me, ‘Hurry and depart from Jerusalem quickly, for the people here will not receive the truths you share about me.’ ‘But Lord,’ I argued, ‘they all know that I’m the one who went into our Jewish meetings to find those who believe in you and had them beaten and imprisoned. When the blood of your witness Stephen was shed, I stood nearby in full approval of what was happening. I even guarded the cloaks of those who stoned him to death.’ Then he said to me, ‘Go at once, for I am sending you to preach to the non-Jewish nations.’
The crowd listened attentively to Paul up to this point. But when they heard this, all at once they erupted with loud shouts, saying, ‘Get rid of this man! Kill him! He doesn’t deserve to live!’ While the crowd was screaming and yelling, removing their outer garments, and throwing handfuls of dust in the air in protest, the commander had Paul brought back into the compound. He ordered that he be whipped with a lash and interrogated to find out what he said that so infuriated the crowd.
When the soldiers stretched Paul out with ropes, he said to the captain, who was standing nearby, ‘Is it legal for you to torture a Roman citizen like this, without a proper trial?’ When the officer heard this, he immediately went to his commander and reported it, saying, ‘This man is a Roman citizen. What should we do now?’ The commander came to Paul and asked him, ‘Tell me the truth, are you a Roman citizen?’ ‘Yes I am,’ he replied. The commander said, ‘I had to purchase my citizenship with a great sum of money.’ Paul replied, ‘I was born as a citizen!’ All of the soldiers who were about to whip Paul backed away, because they were afraid of the consequences for tying up and holding a Roman citizen against his will.”
Listen to what the Word Says, Obey and Share.
S: What impact did Paul’s citizenship have? Watch for this through Paul’s court cases.
O: Do you exercises the privileges of your national citizenship and your kingdom citizenship?
S: How would you explain the benefits of being a citizen in the Kingdom of Jesus Christ?
“The Kingdom of God is the total answer to the total needs of man. Jesus made the way for us to access heaven and live in its reality in the Spirit and be able to experience our inheritance as sons of God here and now. Through Him we have access to the heavenly resources needed to transform this earth and make it look just like heaven. We receive what Jesus accomplished, the finished work of the cross, by faith in the place of intimacy.” (Hetland, p57)
Be My Spirit-led Witnesses Share Your Testimony. Practise a brief 1-2 minute version of your testimony.
See tips on how to share a God Story. Email your brief story (250 words maximum) and a photo or post on Facebook.
Email if you have a question or video testimony to upload. We will share some testimonies publicly.
Share your Faith by simply forwarding this www.yesheis.com daily video to others: Gospel in Plain Speak
Be My House of Prayer Lord, We pray for those being treated unjustly and cruelly. Lord have Your way! We declare, “Our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ…” Come, Lord Jesus! (Philippians 3:20)
Holy Spirit, come upon us and lead us in how we pray:
Pray for your prayer list and family and friends to receive Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
Pray for Australia to receive Jesus as Lord and for His Church to be His House of Prayer.
Pray for a new generation of young prayer warriors and evangelists to arise in Jesus’ revival and transformation in our nation.
“…you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses..." (Acts 1:8)
Austin Cove Community Church are intentional in our prayer lives. We know there are so many different ways to communicate to God in prayer and we like to get creative.