He was willing to do all of this, because He had a passion, a calling a desire to take the good news of Jesus’ love, mercy, and salvation to as many people as He could and as far away as He could.
Yesterday, we talked about what we are here for. What our purpose is. Paul knew what his was.
But, here’s the thing. Just because you know what God’s called you to, just because you are aware of what He wants you to do, just because you may be confident in this, it doesn’t mean you won’t be scared.
In our lives, we will be scared of something. We will be worried about something. We will be afraid.
Of life. Of challenges. Of circumstances. Of, whatever.
Listen to what Jesus tells Paul today in Acts 18:9-11 , as he goes about his calling:
And the Lord said to Paul one night in a vision, “Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are my people.” And he stayed a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.
Do not be afraid. No one will harm you. I have more on my side than just you.
Remember, God has more up His sleeve than just me and you. God’s plan is bigger than us. We are part of it. But, the entire fate of the free world doesn’t rest upon your shoulders.
Today, don’t be afraid. Don’t fear. No matter what you are facing. No matter what you are up against. God is with you.
He loves you. He will not forsake you.
He will not forget you.
He is with you. He is for you. He loves you.
Today, no matter what is going on, here the words of Jesus to Paul – Do not be afraid.
Today, and each day, He is with you.
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