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Don’t Go Breaking My Heart

by | Aug 9, 2012 | Faith, Focus on Living | 0 comments

Acts 21: 10-14
10… a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea.
11 And coming to us, he took Paul’s belt and bound his own feet and
hands and said, “Thus says the Holy Spirit, ‘This is how the Jews at
Jerusalem will bind the man who owns this belt and deliver him into the
hands of the Gentiles.’”
12 When we heard this, we and the people there urged him not to go up
to Jerusalem.
13 Then Paul answered, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my
heart? For I am ready not only to be imprisoned but even to die in
Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”
14 And since he would not be persuaded, we ceased and said, “Let the
will of the Lord be done.”

Reflect:
Many years ago my Dad wrote a little note to me addressing some of the
decisions I was facing at the time.  He ended it with, “but it may not
be the easiest way.”

When Agabus descended from the mountain peaks in Judea, his message to
Paul was both confirming and troubling for those who heard the message
because it indicated that Paul would be imprisoned and prison is never
the easiest way, is it? Thank God for Paul’s imprisonment because this
is where his lasting legacy for the church originated as he wrote
letter after letter to followers of Christ in the churches across the
Roman Empire.

Even with the prophecy of Agabus, Paul “would not be persuaded.”  He
knew what might be coming and still his single strongest desire was to
stand for the name of the Lord Jesus…even in death.

Respond:
On Tuesday evening, we were talking with some friends about perceiving
the leading of the Holy Spirit in our lives.  How do we attain the
clarity of Paul? of Agabus?

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