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Patience

I.  Acts 23:1-10
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1. Patience keeps Paul from being taken in by his circumstances.
a. Patience gives Paul clarity to calmly observe the circumstances in which he has been placed.
b. The power for this patience comes from Knowing God (Acts 20:22-24).

II.  Acts 23:11
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1. Knowing God gives Paul courage to trust in God’s plan, and in God’s timing.
a. “The LORD of hosts has sworn: “As I have planned, so shall it be, and as I have purposed, so shall it stand,” (Is.14:24).
b. Courage is what Paul needed to trust God and wait on the Lord to work in Paul’s situation.
c. Patience is the fruit of courage which God gives Paul in order to stand strong in the midst of trials.
“ for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me” (2 Tim. 1:12).

III. Acts 23:12-15
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1. Impatience, anger and misunderstanding will lead to bad decision making.

“Affliction has been the fire which would have removed our dross, but impatience has robbed the mental metal of the flux of submission which would have secured its proper purification.” –C.H. Spurgeon

IV Acts 23:16-35
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1. Knowing God gives Paul patience to respond and not react to bad news. (vs. 26-30)

V. Acts 24:1-21
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1. Knowing God gives Paul patience to respond and not react to false accusations. (vs. 11-19)
a. Time frame + Actions + Motives + false witness + Paul’s Words= false accusation.

Proverbs 25:15 “With patience a ruler may be persuaded, and a soft tongue will break a bone.”

VI. Acts 24:22-27
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1. Knowing God allows Paul to patiently wait on the Lord.
a.      Waiting did not mean, “Sit and Wait”.  Paul engaged in God’s work around him, knowing he would at some point move on to Rome.  He was able to trust in God’s time, and in God’s way.

Here and Now
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1. Do you know God?
2. Is patience something God is revealing to be lacking in your life?
a. In your circumstance?
b. How you react to bad news?
c. How your react when you are falsely accused?
d. How you respond when you are called to simply wait?

Colossians 1:11
“May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy,”

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