The Releaser will save you
Acts 24:7-8 -
But the chief captain Lysias came upon us, and with great violence took him away out of our hands, Commanding his accusers to come unto thee: by examining of whom thyself mayest take knowledge of all these things, whereof we accuse him.
In today's message we read Paul was summoned by the Jews to their own court to be judged according to the Jewish law but suddenly out of nowhere a Roman commander Lysias comes and frees him out of the hands of the Jews. The name Lysias means 'releaser'.
Today the Lord is telling us not to fear for there will be times when we witness Him among people, they will corner us and start to judge us. At such times our Lord Who is our Releaser will suddenly change the situation for us.
There are many testimonies I can share where the Lord has unexpectedly got people to support me in difficult situations and changed the tide towards me. These people were never my supporters before but in that situations I did not need to say a word and just kept shut and these people did all my work for me.
It does not have to be a friend but even a person who considers you an enemy may suddenly support and help you out of situations. Our Lord works in mysterious and wonderful ways. So let us no fear to stand for the Truth but let us boldly preach our Lord Jesus Christ.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord Jesus Christ, You showed when your time had not come and people came to kill You the whole crowd were blinded and none could see You escape through them. You said not a hair of our head will be harmed without the will of our Father in Heaven. Help us Lord that our faithlessness does not become obstacles for your working in us, help us always know You are with us and we do not have to fear anything...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.
32 Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?
33 The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.
34 Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?
35 If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;
36 Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?
37 If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not.
38 But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.
39 Therefore they sought again to take him: but he escaped out of their hand,
23 And after that many days were fulfilled, the Jews took counsel to kill him:
24 But their laying await was known of Saul. And they watched the gates day and night to kill him.
25 Then the disciples took him by night, and let him down by the wall in a basket.
31 And as they went about to kill him, tidings came unto the chief captain of the band, that all Jerusalem was in an uproar.
32 Who immediately took soldiers and centurions, and ran down unto them: and when they saw the chief captain and the soldiers, they left beating of Paul.
33 Then the chief captain came near, and took him, and commanded him to be bound with two chains; and demanded who he was, and what he had done.
34 And some cried one thing, some another, among the multitude: and when he could not know the certainty for the tumult, he commanded him to be carried into the castle.
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