A Thought for Today July 22, 2018

A Thought for Today July 22, 2018

“Do What the Lord has Enabled You to Do”
 
In the following biblical account, Paul’s nephew is able to help Paul.
The account does not tell us how old he is, he is called a young man,
 
Please read the following verses.
 
Acts 23:12-22
12 The next morning the Jews formed a conspiracy and bound themselves with an oath not to eat or drink until they had killed Paul.
13 More than forty men were involved in this plot.
14 They went to the chief priests and elders and said, “We have taken a solemn oath not to eat anything until we have killed Paul.
 
15 Now then, you and the Sanhedrin petition the commander to bring him before you on the pretext of wanting more accurate information about his case. We are ready to kill him before he gets here.”
 
16 But when the son of Paul’s sister heard of this plot, he went into the barracks and told Paul.
 
17 Then Paul called one of the centurions and said, “Take this young man to the commander; he has something to tell him.”
 
18 So he took him to the commander.
The centurion said, “Paul, the prisoner, sent for me and asked me to bring this young man to you because he has something to tell you.”
 
19 The commander took the young man by the hand, drew him aside and asked, “What is it you want to tell me?”
 
20 He said: “The Jews have agreed to ask you to bring Paul before the Sanhedrin tomorrow on the pretext of wanting more accurate information about him.
21 Don’t give in to them, because more than forty of them are waiting in ambush for him. They have taken an oath not to eat or drink until they have killed him. They are ready now, waiting for your consent to their request.”
 
22 The commander dismissed the young man and cautioned him, “Don’t tell anyone that you have reported this to me.”
 
One never knows when or how they may be used. In this case, the Lord God uses a young man to protect Paul.
 
In addition, the Spirit gives the young man the courage to complete his assignment.
 
Pay attention to the world around you.
You might be surprised at hope the Lord God uses you.

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