If you ever watched the show “24”, you know how intense it can be.  The hero Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) is regularly in a nasty situation with potentially no way out.  However when I began watching the show, the fourth season had just completed.  This meant that as we watched the first three seasons, we already knew that Jack Bauer was alive and well in future seasons.  We even knew other certain characters were still around.  While we didn’t know the details, we at least knew a significant enough part to know that Jack will live.  This did take away the suspense of IF he would survive but not HOW.  We still sat on the edge of our seats watching the other episodes.

Now imagine if you were Jack, and you were going through the same things he was going through.  Being captured and tortured and left for dead.  If he knew as confidently as I did that he would still be alive for another chapter in his life, how confident he would be through the ordeal.

This is the situation Paul finds himself in while being held in Jerusalem.  In the midst of a situation where his life was in danger, he was given a glimpse of a yet to be written chapter.  The situation was turning dangerous. “And when the dissension became violent, the tribune, afraid that Paul would be torn to pieces by them, commanded the soldiers to go down and take him away from among them by force and bring him into the barracks.” (Acts 23:10) But it is while he is in this protective custody that the Lord gives him a new level of courage.  “The following night the Lord stood by him and said, ‘Take courage, for as you have testified to the facts about me in Jerusalem, so you must testify also in Rome.'” (v 11)

Jesus was telling Paul that he will live through this because Christ still has yet another mission for Paul… in Rome.  Up to this point, Paul had been beaten, jailed and left for dead on more than one occasion.  But now he had news from Christ Himself that this mission he was on was not to end here in Jerusalem.  God was not finished with him yet.

Guess what.  God is not finished with you yet either.  Pastor Ken Hutcherson was in the final stages of cancer, struggling to get through the day, but still sharing the gospel.  He said, “as long as I have breath, God’s not done with me.  That means I just keep sharing His good news until He calls me home.”  His statement near the end of his life is true for each and every one of us.  We may not have a visit from Christ to tell us what our next mission is, but we know that as long as we still have breath… He’s not done with us.

Toby Mac wrote a song titled “Move” that says the same thing.  Here’s part of it…

I know your heart been broke again
I know your prayers ain’t been answered yet
I know you’re feeling like you got nothing left
Well, lift your head, it ain’t over yet, ain’t over yet so

Move, keep walkin’ soldier keep movin’ on
Move, keep walkin’ until the mornin’ comes
Move, keep walkin’ soldier keep movin’ on
And lift your head, it ain’t over yet, ain’t over yet

Are you still breathing?  Then it ain’t over yet… He still has more in store for you.  He still has a purpose for you.  So continue to serve Him until your last breath, and then run into His arms.

I pray that you appreciate my blogs.  They are my way of journaling as I read His word.  If you do like them, please be sure to click the Follow Hisfamily Ministries button left of this post AND to spread the word.  Share these posts with others and perhaps they will be blessed too.


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