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Hello my name is Jerral Campfield and this web site is dedicated to Moral Recognition Therapy using Biblical principles. Please come back often to join me in understanding Gods hands are outstretched still to forgive.

Acts 21: 1-20 Only Gods Best!!!  E-mail
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Friday, 07 October 2016

It is amazing what God shows us as we read the Bible, for it is full of stories of failures and times of success, depending on who your trusting in. Paul is driven by a passion to finish the race he has been given with all his might and does not back off from his commitment to the Lordís will.
Acts 21:1-40 (NKJV)
1  Now it came to pass, that when we had departed from them and set sail, running a straight course we came to Cos, the following day to Rhodes, and from there to Patara. Here he is in a hurry for his life is at stake, but he still knows who is in control for he is still on a straight course.
2  And finding a ship sailing over to Phoenicia, we went aboard and set sail.
Thank the Lord in the kingdom of God there is no such thing as chance, for God is orchestrating our lives when we are abiding in Him.
3  When we had sighted Cyprus, we passed it on the left, sailed to Syria, and landed at Tyre; for there the ship was to unload her cargo.
Tyre was a place to unload some of the cargo and it was a place where there were believers.
4  And finding disciples, we stayed there seven days. They told Paul through the Spirit not to go up to Jerusalem.
These disciples where glad Paul was able to spend time with them, as he had much to share as well as they did with Paul. They knew what was happening at Jerusalem and where protective of Paul. It is always good to see people respect their ministers for what they are doing to bring healing and comfort to people and thank the Lord for people who appreciate what the Lord is doing in our lives around the world.
5  When we had come to the end of those days, we departed and went on our way; and they all accompanied us, with wives and children, till we were out of the city. And we knelt down on the shore and prayed.
All things have to come to an end sometime or other and when it happens we have to separate the bad from what is good, so we are a blessing and there is no greater blessing than asking the Lord to protect and provide what is needed for the journey of life we are all on.
6  When we had taken our leave of one another, we boarded the ship, and they returned home.
It is such a joy to be with loved ones and then when we have to depart, it is great to do it with a feeling of satisfaction that it was certainly rewarding for all. There is always an element of surprise, not knowing what is in front of us in our travels of life, but God hands are always outstretched to us still tell He calls us home.
7  And when we had finished our voyage from
Tyre, we came to Ptolemais, greeted the brethren, and stayed with them one day. It is interesting to see how the Lord leads and has His way, as now they stop at Ptolemais and he is able to greet the brethren who where follows of the Lord and be with them one day. Paul delighted in who he knew and who knew him so took advantage of every opportunity to meet with others of like faith.
8  On the next day we who were Paul's companions departed and came to Caesarea, and entered the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven, and stayed with him.
Every day of our lives is important for it is a new day and we do not know what is going to happen next. He meets Philip the evangelist who he had much in common with, as he was a part of the seven close Disciples.
9  Now this man had four virgin daughters who prophesied.
They could have been able to prophesied of Paul troubles that where ahead of him and were concerned with his will being. So it was a time of great revelation to Paul as they had a concern for Paulís safety.
10  And as we stayed many days, a certain prophet named Agabus came down from Judea.
This is the same Agabus referred to in Acts 11:28 Then one of them, named Agabus, stood up and showed by the Spirit that there was going to be a famine throughout all the world, which also happened in the days of Claudius Caesar. Thank the Lord he has given many different ministries in the Church, for we have many different kinds of needs. Paul needed protection from the enemies that seemed to surround him.
11  When he had come to us, he took Paul's belt, bound his own hands and feet, and said, "Thus says the Holy Spirit, 'So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man who owns this belt, and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.' "
Here we see Agabus taking a belt and tying Paul up, as if he needed to be stopped from being hurt, like what they were going to do to him at Jerusalem. The Lord seems to know what is needed to allow us to see reality and what we need to do, is keep listening. Yes, Paul knew what he was facing, but yet this proved to him God, was certainly going to be in control, for he was stepping into the lionís den.

12  Now when we heard these things, both we and those from that place pleaded with him not to go up to Jerusalem. I am sure that many have seen people so committed to the doing the work of the Lord that it seemed like nothing prevent them from obeying the Lords well for their lives. This is commendable, then sometime we are so human that caution is out the window and others get hurt for it was not the
Lords will, but our own stubbornness or feeling of being used by God rather than called and equipped by Gods love, mercy and grace.  
13  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." Here Paul appreciates there concern, but here they are weeping and heartbroken by Paulís lack of faith for what befalls him and yet Paul counted it a joy to suffer for Christ. It is amazing to me how so many missionaries have gone over seas, knowing full will they are in danger of being killed, yet it does not stop them from doing what God called them to do.
When we give our all to abiding in the vine; Jesus, we are trusting the Lord to keep us from all harm and danger, regardless of the call the Lord has given to us. That becomes faith in God, who is over all, for He is alive and well in our being.
14  So when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, "The will of the Lord be done. Thank the Lord, when He calls, He gives the assurance that is needed, for His will to be accomplished. This needs to not only be seen by the called, but by those looking and interested in what the Lord is saying to others. How many times has the will of the Lord been stymied by those who did not take the risk, or heed the call? Lord help us not to be carless, but understanding of what is expected of us as Children of the Lord, for nothing is impossible with the Lord.
15  And after those days we packed and went up to Jerusalem.Here Paul is not alone for not only did he pack up to leave, but other were with him. Thank the Lord for the assurance we are not the only ones serving the Lord as Elijah felt at one time and God got his attention while he was hiding in a cave 1 Kings 19: 9-10. Lord help us to see, you never leave us or forsake us. We see many people today that are committed to knowing and keeping the truth alive, for that is what happens when we are abiding in the vine; Jesus.
16  Also some of the disciples from Caesarea went with us and brought with them a certain Mnason of Cyprus, an early disciple, with whom we were to lodge. Here we see some disciples want to make sure Paul and his company are taken care of and this old man Mnason who must have been a follower of the Lords is concerned. Thank the Lord one never gets to old to do what the Lord bids them to do, for nothing is too hard for a servant of the Lord. It is so nice to have people open their house when they are needed. This seems to be the mark of followers of the Lord, for they make what they have, available to others in the work of the Lord. We have experienced this as will throughout our lives and we have felt indebted many times. Growing up our parents had many come over beside just family for dinners and even overnight, which allowed us to get acquainted with speakers and others we did not know.
17  And when we had come to Jerusalem, the brethren received us gladly. Here everywhere Paul seemed to travel there were always people glad to see him as he had many experience people wanted to know about personally. He had a live that invited others into so he could share the good news of salvation with!
18  On the following day Paul went in with us to James, and all the elders were present. Paul is seen here as wanting to see James the brother of Jesus for James was certainly an ambassador of the Lords, so they had a lot in common as they all gathered.
19  When he had greeted them, he told in detail those things which God had done among the Gentiles through his ministry. It is always good to be greeted by those who are present and Paul was one to put himself out to make everyone comfortable in who they were as Christian that were following the Lord. He show his appreciation and then tells them what God is doing with his ministry and people are accept the way, truth and life found in the word of God. Many people are now serving the Lord and working for the building of the kingdom of Gods.
20  And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord. And they said to him, "You see, brother, how many myriads of Jews there are who have believed, and they are all zealous for the law; When Paul saw the light he wanted everyone else to see the truth, for God is not a respecter of person and the law then becomes a school teacher, for God did not come to destroy the law, but fulfill the law. When people accept the Lord, you do not have to tell them they are Christians, they know it for the past sense of not being wrong, is now real, as they want now to know how to please and honor the Lord. The old natural man dies out and the New Man Spiritual begins to live and bring the joy of the Lord; sins are forgiven shame is gone. The Lord knows how to impress people of the wrongs of sin, for know they are born again walking in a new way, new life and new truth the old is gone and the new is coming alive. To be continued


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