Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so. Acts 17:10-11 NKJV
The disciples fled from the envious Jews in the middle of the night. They went to Berea. When the Jews heard Paul was preaching the word of God in Berea they followed hm. They stirred up the crowds there. Paul escaped by way of the sea. He went to Athens.
Paul wanted to go Asia to preach the Word of God. The Holy Spirit stopped him. The Lord called Paul to Macedonia. Paul was forced to flee Philippi, Thessalonica, and Berea because of Jewish opposition.
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28
The envious Jews were not hindering God’s work. The Lord used opposition to the gospel to send Paul where God wanted him. The Philippian Jailer and his family might not have heard the gospel if Paul was not arrested. They might not have been saved!
Jesus can use opposition and oppression that flair up in your life to move you where He wants you! God can use all the “bad” things that happen in your life to prepare you for the work He created you to accomplish for Him!
When Paul arrived in Berea he discovered the people were more-fair minded than those in Thessalonica. They received the word of God with all readiness. They searched the scriptures to see if the things Paul said were true.
The Bereans listened intently to Paul. They willingly and eagerly searched the scriptures. They were hungry for the truth! They did their due diligence to discover the truth!
There are many people talking about god and Jesus today. Many of them have righteous intentions. They speak the truth in love. Some of them do not have good intentions. Some have been deceived. Some twist the scriptures for evil purposes.
A righteous Pastor, Preacher or Theologian would tell you to search the scriptures for yourself. There is no substitute for personal bible study. We should interact with the scriptures every day!
We do not always know what to pray for. Jesus does. The One who searches hearts knows the mind of the Spirit. Jesus will make intercession for you!
Trust Jesus with everything and everything will work out for God’s glory and your good!
Find a faithful teacher of God’s Word and receive the message with joy and thanksgiving. Feed your soul and hold the man of God accountable by searching the scriptures yourself!
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