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Verse 9: “Now the Lord spoke to Paul in the night by a vision, “Do not be afraid, but speak, and do not keep silent; for I am with you, and no one will attack you to hurt you; for I have many people in this city.””

Among the collection of movies made around the comical group of misfits known as “The Bowery Boys” was a 1946 movie called Mister Hex. In it, Slip Mahoney and his crew came to the rescue to raise some money for a girl who wanted to try for her big break in show business. They had a hypnotist mesmerize Slip’s sidekick, the tall lanky Sach, into thinking he was an invincible boxer; this way, they could enter him in a local boxing competition and win the prize money.

More than just hypnotized into incredible self-confidence, the cowardly Sach was transformed whenever hypnotized into a boxing juggernaut! Other fighters would wade into him, laying punches into him, and he stood there taking it without flinching! Then, all he would do is unleash one haymaker of a punch, and knock his opponents flat out! Of course, pandemonium ensued when crooks hired their own “hex man” to undo the hypnosis…

I remember this movie, because more than just believing in himself, Sach was untouchable while hypnotized…he couldn’t be beaten.

Paul had a much stronger force in his corner: the Lord God Almighty. Here Paul was, and God told him to go and speak the Word. He was not to be afraid. God was already at work, clearing obstacles and knocking out opponents to Paul’s ministry for Him. You’ll see in the next set of verses, that in this case, Paul didn’t even have to defend himself!

More to come!

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