10AM 9/10/17 “Take Courage In Christ” – Acts 23 – cd#1658


The Apostle Paul had wanted to preach the Gospel to the Jews from the time that he was saved, but it turned into a disaster. He was rejected by his brothers, and was thrown into prison, and Paul was very discouraged (Acts 23).       But The Holy Spirit encouraged Paul saying: “Paul, you testified for Me in Jerusalem.  It was a fiasco, but that’s all right, you proclaimed the Truth. Now you must testify for Me in Rome.” So the Jesus took him out of his depression and gave him a call and courage for his future. Paul was given courage to leave the past behind, and reach forward to the prize of the call of God in Christ Jesus (Phil.3). It is important that you and I do the same, and take courage in Christ.              There will be times when you have been forsaken by your friends, maybe even by Christian friends. But Jesus will never leave or forsake you. Paul had been forsaken by his brethren, but not by Christ. Jesus stood with him in those dark days of his life, and Jesus will always stand by you.

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