God's Plan For Your Life - Acts 21:27-22:29

Series: THE BOOK OF ACTS

Speaker: Jeff Percival

June 19, 2022

Jeff Percival

Creative Pastor

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Acts 20:22-24 New International Version (NIV)

“And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. 23 I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. 24 However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.

Acts 21:30-22:9 | NIV

Then all the city was stirred up, and the people ran together. They seized Paul and dragged him out of the temple, and at once the gates were shut. And as they were seeking to kill him, word came to the tribune of the cohort that all Jerusalem was in confusion. He at once took soldiers and centurions and ran down to them. And when they saw the tribune and the soldiers, they stopped beating Paul. Then the tribune came up and arrested him and ordered him to be bound with two chains. He inquired who he was and what he had done. Some in the crowd were shouting one thing, some another. And as he could not learn the facts because of the uproar, he ordered him to be brought into the barracks. And when he came to the steps, he was actually carried by the soldiers because of the violence of the crowd, for the mob of the people followed, crying out, “Away with him!”

As Paul was about to be brought into the barracks, he said to the tribune, “May I say something to you?” And he said, “Do you know Greek? Are you not the Egyptian, then, who recently stirred up a revolt and led the four thousand men of the Assassins out into the wilderness?” Paul replied, “I am a Jew, from Tarsus in Cilicia, a citizen of no obscure city. I beg you, permit me to speak to the people.” And when he had given him permission, Paul, standing on the steps, motioned with his hand to the people. And when there was a great hush, he addressed them in the Hebrew language, saying:

“Brothers and fathers, hear the defense that I now make before you.” And when they heard that he was addressing them in the Hebrew language, they became even more quiet. And he said: “I am a Jew, born in Tarsus in Cilicia, but brought up in this city, educated at the feet of Gamaliel according to the strict manner of the law of our fathers, being zealous for God as all of you are this day. I persecuted this Way to the death, binding and delivering to prison both men and women, as the high priest and the whole council of elders can bear me witness. From them I received letters to the brothers, and I journeyed toward Damascus to take those also who were there and bring them in bonds to Jerusalem to be punished.

“As I was on my way and drew near to Damascus, about noon a great light from heaven suddenly shone around me. And I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?’ And I answered, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ And he said to me, ‘I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting.’"

Psalm 139:1-14 | NIV

O Lord, you have searched me and known me!

You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
   you discern my thoughts from afar.

You search out my path and my lying down
   and are acquainted with all my ways.

Even before a word is on my tongue,
   behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.

You hem me in, behind and before,
   and lay your hand upon me.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
   it is high; I cannot attain it.

Where shall I go from your Spirit?
   Or where shall I flee from your presence?

If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
   If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!

If I take the wings of the morning
   and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,

even there your hand shall lead me,
   and your right hand shall hold me.

If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
   and the light about me be night,”

even the darkness is not dark to you;
   the night is bright as the day,
   for darkness is as light with you.

For you formed my inward parts;
   you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;

Implications: 

  1. There are things that God planned in advance for you to do.
  2. If you don’t do them someone else will.
  3. If you don’t do them, they won’t be done as well as you would do them because he created you to do those things.
  4. If someone else does them, YOU will miss out on the greatest joy you can know in this life: Being used by GOD!

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