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On Trial

Read Psalm 78:1–39; Acts 24:1–27

Paul was outnumbered as he stood before Felix. Leaders from Jerusalem, including the high priest and a smooth-talking lawyer, were well prepared and determined to win their case against him.

“We have found this man to be a troublemaker, stirring up riots among the Jews all over the world. He is a ringleader of the Nazarene sect” (Acts 24:5).

Paul had every reason to feel threatened and anxious. He didn’t have an attorney to speak for him. His thoughts may have raced and his heart may have beat faster as the governor motioned for him to speak. But God was with him. Clearly and calmly he answered his accusers. He affirmed his faith in God and did not deny that he was a “follower of the Way.”

Today it is becoming more and more common for Christians to be intimidated and harassed for taking a biblical stand about moral issues. They may end up in costly court battles for choosing to do what is right in God’s eyes. Jobs may be lost, livelihoods destroyed, but God will not abandon His people. He will help them.

Challenge for Today: What price are you willing to pay for your faith?

Quicklook: Acts 24:1–14

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