Yesterday I was working on my Emotional Freedom paperback. That was written in 2016, but the words were about Jesus not being deterred. I love God’s timing.
*Jesus is our ongoing example. Luke 9:51 says, “Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem, and sent messengers before His face.”
*Nothing deterred Jesus from His set course. He did not shrink back. He knew that when He died on the cross, it would pave the way for you and me to have an intimate relationship with Him.
*Hebrews 12:2 told how He endured. His focus was on the joy that was set before Him. The verse also reminds us to keep our focus on Him. It says, “Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Paul was undeterred as he stood before the council. He wisely spoke words that would disrupt the council. The Sadducees and the Pharisees were divided in what they believed. Such a great dissension took place that the commander brought him into the barracks to protect him.
Acts 23:11 says, “But the following night the Lord stood by him and said, Be of good cheer, Paul; for as you have testified for Me in Jerusalem, so you must also bear witness at Rome.”
Paul remained undeterred when there was a plot against him. Forty men made a great oath to not eat or drink until they had killed Paul. The Lord intervened. Paul was moved in the night and sent to the governor Felix. By the way, the Bible never said another word about the forty.
Paul stood before Felix, and King Agrippa as he recounted his journey and salvation on the road to Damascus. He appealed to Caesar, and thus his journey to Rome via a ship was procured.
The ship was caught in a tumultuous tempest and everyone feared for their lives. Paul remained undeterred. Acts 27:2 he told the men that an angel of God had stood by him. Verse 24 says, “…Do not be afraid, Paul; you must be brought before Caesar; and indeed God has granted you all those who sail with you.”