EMPOWERED WHEN ON TRIAL (Acts 24-26)
Three scriptures inform today’s message:
- Acts 24-26 / Luke 12:12 / Luke 21:15
Last Week … How will you act if tried in the court of public opinion? It’s what separates you in character and conduct.
- Stay focused on God – on loving people – making disciples. Don’t focus on destiny detractors.
You never know who will pull you into the court of public opinion, attack or slander you.
- Story of Naruto the Indonesian Macaque monkey and Peta. Lower court – 9th District Court – Settlement
What do we need to get out of today’s message?
- Someone will judge you sometime in life.
- Judging can come as “fruit inspection” or condemnation.
- How might a destiny wrecker operate?
- How will you respond – how will you keep in step with the Holy Spirit and display Jesus’ power and plan?
Accusers – Slanderers and Aggravating People
- Paul is a troublemaker – ringleader – desecrator = make trouble – conspiracy – demean what you hold sacred.
- Haters try to intimidate – Paul’s accusers circled him.
- Accusers are cowards – no one from Asia showed up [conspiracy of confidentiality][Paul Sheppard].
Judges can be jerks
- Felix was looking for something – a bribe.
- Felix did not want to discuss eternal matters like righteousness, self-control or judgement.
- Felix kept Paul in prison for two years – forgotten.
- Festus could not make up his own mind.
- There is no reason for them to change – “converting in such short a time”.
How then should you act rather than react
- Do not focus on your accusers
- Focus on telling your gospel
- See this as an opportunity to talk about righteousness, self-control and judgement/destiny.
- People do not like to talk about righteousness, self-control and judgement/destiny.
- These three things address this: What is in your heart? What is your conduct? What is your destiny?
- Ethical vs Moral person. Religious vs Righteous person.
- Focus on the opportunity rather than the offense and you will be happier and more effective in your faith journey.
- Be patient – Paul was a prisoner for two years.
- Be the kind of person that Jesus would be: “except for these chains” with all people were like you.
- You have the right to say: “I’m not going there”.
- Do you focus on what people think of you or are you focused on what God thinks of you?