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BOUND IN THE SPIRIT
(Ill. Paul was determined to go to
A. v. 18-21 Paul’s Conduct In The Past He had given everything he had!
(Ill. God’s people should hold nothing back, but they
should put it all on the line for God. (
B. v. 22 Paul’s Call In The Present Paul had no choice in his
They were all made by God. (
C. v. 23
Paul’s Crisis In Prophecy – Paul’s determination to go to
is even more glorious in light of what he knows is
waiting on him there. (Ill. Such is the
nature of genuine faith –
II. v. 24 PAUL’S REASON
A. The Reason Of A Pure Motive (Accountant) – Paul simply wanted to
finish his course. He knew that God had already planned his steps, Acts ; ; , and he wanted to finish them. (Note: We all have a course to run, a course mapped out by God Himself – Psa. 37:25. May we learn not to fight it, but to finish it for His glory!)
B. The Reason Of A Powerful Ministry (Athlete) – God had used Paul in
a wonderful way. Paul merely wanted to finish his assignment. Paul simply wanted to run his race well and to receive the victor’s crown, Heb. 12:1. (Note: There is just one Person we need to run to please: Jesus Christ!)
C. The Reason Of A Perfect Message (Activist) – Paul wanted to
continue to preach the life changing message of the Gospel of grace. He knew he was preaching a perfect message – Rom. . (Note: The Gospel will get the job done! We do not need to resort to new methods, messages or techniques. We need to settle down, walk in the old paths and trust God to honor His Word. He will, Isa. 55:11!)
III. v. 240-38 PAUL’S REST
A. v. 24a The Rest Of A Surrendered Life Paul was not moved by what
he faced in
B. v. 25-35
The Rest Of A Sanctified
Legacy Paul could leave
knowing that he had done his job well and that he had all the people trained and in place who could continue the work. (Note: May we be able to echo Paul’s words when we leave this world behind – 2 Tim. 4:7.)
C. v. 36-38 The Rest Of A Sovereign Lord Everything was laid in the
hand of God. When all is in His hands, than all is well! May we never forget that our God is a sovereign Lord. He is in absolute control of every situation of life – Eph. 3:20; Ex. 3:14. Therefore, we can have confidence placing our all in His hands!
Conc: Are you bound in the spirit to do something? If so, commit it to the hand of the Lord and get to it! He will see to whatever needs you may have along the way, Gen. 24:44. He will see you through until the race is run and your course is finished!