Playing Fair

31 So the soldiers, carrying out their orders, took Paul with them during the night and brought him as far as Antipatris. 32 The next day they let the cavalry go on with him, while they returned to the barracks. 33 When the cavalry arrived in Caesarea, they delivered the letter to the governor and handed Paul over to him. 34 The governor read the letter and asked what province he was from. Learning that he was from Cilicia, 35 he said, “I will hear your case when your accusers get here.” Then he ordered that Paul be kept under guard in Herod’s palace.

Five days later the high priest Ananias went down to Caesarea with some of the elders and a lawyer named Tertullus, and they brought their charges against Paul before the governor. 2 When Paul was called in, Tertullus presented his case before Felix: “We have enjoyed a long period of peace under you, and your foresight has brought about reforms in this nation. 3 Everywhere and in every way, most excellent Felix, we acknowledge this with profound gratitude. 4 But in order not to weary you further, I would request that you be kind enough to hear us briefly.

5 “We have found this man to be a troublemaker, stirring up riots among the Jews all over the world. He is a ringleader of the Nazarene sect 6 and even tried to desecrate the temple; so we seized him. [7] 8 By examining him yourself you will be able to learn the truth about all these charges we are bringing against him.”

9 The other Jews joined in the accusation, asserting that these things were true. Acts 23:31-36-24:1-9

What were Paul’s accusers afraid of? Why was Paul such a big deal to them that they would lie to the governor?

Paul knew they would not play fair, but he also knew that the Holy Spirit was on his side. When the Holy Spirit’s on your side, that’s what they would call a “game-changer.”

Too often – perhaps daily – we forget the power of the Holy Spirit working in the life of the Believer. We forget that we can call on Him in our time of need and in our time of plenty. He’s not a magic genie or Father Christmas who gives us what we want, but He’s God Almighty.

Take the time today – right now – to acknowledge the Holy Spirit in your life.

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