(KJV.) ACTS 18:9-10
(9) Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace:
(10) For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city.
WHAT IS GOING ON?
Brethren, after Saul was converted to Apostle Paul, the Holy Spirit used him mightily to proclaim the gospel in and around neighboring cities; as he continued to testify about Jesus Christ; he went among some unbelievers, ministered about his experiences with Jesus Christ; surprisingly, some people rejected him, spoke against his teachings, believes and faith in Jesus Christ; however, when believers receive fresh Holy Ghost anointings, no one can stop its manifestations, the Spirit moves them into his purposes regardless of persecutions; this facts applies to present day believers, when believers endeavor to function diligently in their callings, there are always obstacles, oppositions, hindrances, mockeries, blockages, reproaches, and condemnations from enemies; at times from people of the same faith: regardless, believers, should not fall away, throw in their towels and give up on Jesus Christ; rather be bold, courageous, persevere in spite of distractions, forbear, refuse to decline, exercise self control regardless of what people say, be strengthen with faith, reading the scriptures, about what other believers went through in past generations, know that nothing new under the Sun; if it happened to believers of old, it will happen to present day believers; Apostles had same issues; in this case, Paul shook his raiments, and said unto his enemies, Your Blood be upon you own heads; I am clean: from henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles. (Acts 18:6); Paul sounded frustrated, but it is alright; for, Jesus said, "And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet: per Matthew 10:14; therefore, believers are not to feel offended when enemies reproach them for what they do for Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, rather they ought to continue to persevere, do what they have been called to do regardless of earthly oppositions, accomplish their tasks successfully and receive crown of glories in eternity.
In this case, Apostle Paul went to somewhere else to preach the gospel, to people who heard him, believed his words and were baptised into the faith: therefore, believers. let us girdle our loins of truth around our waistlines, shod our feet with the gospel, go into remote places of the earth with truthfulness of the good news and do not fear for our lives; we will not die but live and declare the works of Jesus Christ, (Psalm 118:17); therefore, let us be bold, brave, march forward, do his will; for, there is still work to do, before we meet with Jesus Christ in the firmament of glory to live with him forever.
After all these things, in the night by vision, Jesus spoke to Paul; saying, "Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace: Jesus encouraged Paul not to fear anyone, but speak his words boldly and not be quiet; this encouragement goes to all believers of this day; whatever our callings are, let us serve him boldly, with all our hearts, voice our concerns biblically, appropriately, where injustices prevails against souls, do not turn away, be concern about what goes on in this world of darkness, be lights among darkness, love one another, care for the needy, sick, those incarceration, minster the goodness and mercies of our Father, salvation offered through Jesus Christ, his grace, second coming and eternal lives: Jesus, went on to say, "For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city."; therefore, believers, cheer up, be courageous, serve him diligently; Jesus is our backbone, watches over our souls at all times, nothing can harm anyone in his presence, unless he allows them to happen; there are legions of angels watching over believers to keep them away from perils and dangers of this world of darkness; believers, be rest assured that we are save in the arms of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior forevermore.
Dearly beloved, let us not take our visions and dreams for granted; if we have visions of the night, let us pray about them, double check all spiritual messages to know that they are from true source of lights, not from the deceiver; for, Satan himself does appear as angel of light, confuse pathways of believers, per 2 Cor. 11:14; beware!; if what we receive are true messages from Jesus Christ, he confirms his words so we know they are from him; and it is our obligations to act upon his words; do what he commands us to do, follow his will, trust in him with all our hearts, accomplish goals of life, inherit life for ever and evermore. Amen and Amen!
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
(KJV.) Acts 23:11: And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.