Acts 21

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Then Paul answered, “What do you mean by weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”

– Acts 21:13

This section of Scripture has always intrigued me. The prophetic word repeatedly spoken to Paul was not inaccurate. Chains and tribulations did await him at Jerusalem, and everyone he met along his journey confirmed the dreadful vision. It wasn’t the vision that discouraged Paul. It wasn’t the possibility of suffering. He’d suffered tremendously already for the cause of Christ.

Paul’s discouragement came not from the vision or it’s interpretation, but the way in which his friends sought to apply it. “Paul, chains and tribulations await you… therefore, don’t go! Turn and run the other way. Escape this trial.”

It’s a challenging passage. Our observations and interpretations may be correct, but our applications can be way off.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Acts 20

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“except that the Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me. But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.

– Acts 20:23-24

There may be no other passage that more clearly reveals the tenacity and chutzpah of the Apostle Paul. This was a man gripped by the Spirit and Gospel of God. Nothing would stand between him and the mission to which Christ had called him.

“God, help me to follow you with the same determination and resolve.”

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

Read the Scriptures at Bible.com

Download the YouVersion Bible App

Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon