22 And see, now I go bound in the spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that will happen to me there, 23 except that the Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me. 24 But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
Paul was going to Jerusalem bound in the Spirit. Holy Spirit testified that persecution and suffering is awaiting him in every city. So in this situation he says’ None of these things move me’. He is not afraid of the will of God nor he consider suffering and persecution to be a hindrance to the ministry that Lord Jesus given to him.
Are we in a position where we can say these words like Paul?
When you hear a bad news or a shocking revelation about a disease or some trouble in your ministry, are you in a position to say none of these things move me? PS 112 verse 7 says that the righteous will not afraid when they hear bad news. Because he trust in the Lord. This is the character Paul displays here. He trusted in the Lord who called him for His ministry. The next thing he does is, he does not care for himself even to the point of dying. Self-denial and trusting the Lord will make any man who is led by the Holy Spirit or bound in the Spirit to say ‘None of these things will move me’.
When the news comes, we will be instantly distressed; the devil will inject thoughts of unbelief; but we need to shrug it out and trust in the Lord even to the point of uncertainty, humiliation, death, and suffering. When we are willing to fight, God will rise in our midst. His holy presence will be manifested through Holy Spirit. The enemy will be defeated. Even though we may suffer some pain, ultimately God will be victorious and Jesus Christ our Lord will have the final say to any situation in this world and to the coming age. Amen!
Ps 112 6-8
Surely the righteous will never be shaken;
they will be remembered forever.
7 They will have no fear of bad news;
their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.
8 Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear;
in the end they will look in triumph on their foes.