The Help of God

Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision: But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.  For these causes the Jews caught me in the temple, and went about to kill me.  Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things that those which the prophets and Moses did say should come…

Acts 26:19-22

Throughout the book of Acts, we find the apostle Paul giving his testimony many times.  Here we find him describing his ministry of witnessing about the Word of God to “both small and great.”  He also gives the reasons that Jews tried to kill him.

The Jews caught him in the temple, and “went about to kill him.”  That would scare most people away.  That would make most people question what they were doing.  But not Paul.  Paul says something in verse 22 that shows the difference between him and the average man: “Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue to this day…”  Paul had the help of God.

Nothing else can explain why or how Paul kept going after all he had been through.  Only by the help of God could a man do what he did.  He realized this and understood this.  And that realization and understanding no doubt helped him continue on with what he had been given to do.

We serve the same God as Paul.  We can obtain the help of God, just as Paul did.  There is no reason for us to be defeated.  There is no reason for us to give up.  Paul received the help of God and we can too!

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