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Two Simple Choices
5/24/2011

Two Simple Choices
Submit or Refuse

And after some days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, he sent for Paul and heard him concerning the faith in Christ. Now as he reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and answered, "Go away for now; when I have a convenient time I will call for you. Acts 24:24-25 (NKJV)"

Have you ever found yourself sharing the Gospel or some scripture in the Bible, only to have the person listening ask you to stop?  I know I have on several occasions.  Sometimes they won't ask to stop but they will get very agitated or irritated.  

Such was the case with Antonius Felix, the Governor of Judea (Palestine).  Felix who was one time a slave himself was now in a place of authority and power - power he used poorly as history would record he was a master of cruelty and lust, and had robbed the people blind.  Felix had the ability to free Paul from the false charges brought against him by the Jewish religious leaders, but he chose to take the weak route of entertaining the allegations with hopes of winning the favor of the Jewish people.  

Felix knew about Christianity but was not a Christian.  He decided one day to bring his wife Drusilla so they could have a private sit down conversation with Paul about Jesus and "The Way."   Paul took this opportunity to share the Gospel, and then began to speak about righteousness and self-control, followed by the impending judgment of God.  

These things convicted Felix and caused him to become afraid and it appears as if Paul's message was received as moralistic ranting to Drusilla because there is no record of her ever coming back and speaking to Paul.  

Q:    Why did Felix order Paul to stop talking to he and his wife about Jesus or what it meant to be a follower of Him?

I believe it is because they didn't want to hear anything causing them to feel the conviction of their actions.   The things Paul spoke about were addressing their sins and it was causing them to feel very uncomfortable.  The way I see it, they had two simple choices in response to hearing the truth -  to submit or to refuse.

Submission to God's truth would have caused them to repent of their sins and become spiritually alive to walk in truth and experience joy and peace.  Resisting or refusal to obey God's truth will lead a person to continue to live according to his or her fleshly desires and to remain spiritually dead.  

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. Romans 8:5-8 (NKJV)

Many people will be willing to discuss Jesus and the Bible as long as it doesn't touch their life too personal.  We need to know when someone either resists or runs from our witness we have definitely succeeded in making the gospel personal.  

I want to encourage you today to continue to share God's truth in love with everyone you can whenever possible.  Let's not be condescending or come off as "Holier than thou" when sharing our faith, but instead let's be humble and honest.  Let's not be discouraged when people are offended or shut you down.  Our responsibility is not in their accepting the truth our responsibility is in sharing it.  May God bless you as you share.

STUDY QUESTION: According to Romans 8:5-8 what should our minds be on as believers?  What is the difference of being carnally minded verses being spiritually minded?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you spiritually minded?

APPLICATION: Keep your mind fixed upon God and His Word continually.  Keep praying about everything.

Father, thank You for Your Word.  Thank You for helping me to be spiritually minded.  Help me to see the deceit of the enemy today and to remember the proper scriptures to think upon when I am being tempted.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be blessed, Pastor Scott


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