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In these passages is the account of Jesus again appearing to Paul.  Jesus told Paul that he must go to Rome and preach the Gospel.  Events would occur that would result in Paul traveling to Rome. 

Paul did not know how these events would unfold, but this knowledge enabled Paul to respond correctly to the situations he would encounter.  For example, when Paul was to be tried by the Jews for his belief in Jesus Christ, Paul appealed to Caesar. 

Paul was a Roman citizen who had a right to a trial before a Roman court.  So, Paul was sent to Rome to be tried there.  Paul knew that Jesus wanted him to go to Rome, because Jesus had told Paul directly.

We, on the other hand, do not have such direct guidance from Jesus.  We are faced with many decisions in our lives.   Some decisions are easy, and the correct choice is obvious.  Other decisions are not so easy.  For this reason it is important to have reliable guidance in our decision-making. 

The Bible provides such guidance.  The Bible gives us a good sense of right and wrong.  If we make our decisions in accordance with the Bible’s guidance, things will work out well.  However, if we make our decisions contrary to the Bible’s guidance, things will not go so well in our lives. 

Therefore, if we want to make good decisions we must read the Bible to know how to decide.  The Bible must be a ‘lamp to our feet and a light to our path.’  The Bible will keep us from stumbling over obstacles.  It will also keep us on the right path.