Pressure from within Church
Acts 24:18 “I was ceremonially clean when they found me in the temple courts doing this. There was no crowd with me, nor was I involved in any disturbance.”
The Message translation says, “It was while making those offerings that they found me quietly at my prayers in the Temple. There was no crowd, there was no disturbance.”
Paul has brought the money he has raised to the Jerusalem church.
He was in the Temple worshipping God.
He was saying prayers within that Temple.
He was quietly going about his worship.
That’s when he was found by his enemy.
You can be in the right place at the right time doing the right thing and be found by your enemy.
You can be walking in the place of truth and the father of lies can rewrite your history and accuse your present.
Those who accused should have been worshipping and doing what he was doing.
There is too much looking around within Church. Looking and comparing and desiring and envying. Not everyone in Church is there for the good. As Paul found out.
Yet you know.
You know you have been with God. No matter what anyone says, you know.
Paul held to the truth and would not move. And so must we.
The pressure from within the Church can do more damage than that outside.
Stand tall. You know what happened. You know where you were and what you were doing.