Body: Read Acts 14:1-7 3. Events in Galatian Cities (continued). We see in this section of the Book of Acts that Paul and Barnabas were doing a great job of spreading the word of God.
Jewish leaders helped to create trouble for Paul and Barnabas. They ended up moving to other areas where they continued to preach the good news of salvation through Christ.
Applications – - Regular worship and study. Notice in vs. 1 of this section of the Book of Acts that Paul and Barnabas had a habit of going to the synagogue or the church and study period of their day.
There are too many who claim to be Christians but don’t have a strong enough habit of going to church and/or the study period. Let’s work on being regular in worship and study.
We can develop our spiritual muscles in worship and study, and without worship and study, our spiritual muscles are known for getting smaller.
- Following God, in spite of poisonous efforts. Notice in vss. 2-3 of the Book of Acts that there were those who refused to believe and who also poisoned the minds of others.
It is bad when a person doesn’t believe the word of God and how God is moving through the human agents that He has chosen. But it is a higher level of sin when an unbeliever strives to help others not to believe also.
And it is bad when people allow themselves to be poisoned against God’s word and work. Let’s work on following God’s word and work, in spite of efforts to poison it.
It may be true that some people don’t see themselves as poising others against God’s word and work; however, whether they intend on poising or not doesn’t exempt them from the sin of poising others. We need to work on keeping the devil from using us.
- Our faithfulness and God’s confirmation. Notice in vs. 3 that Paul and Barnabas stayed focus on carrying out their ministry, and God confirmed His word and work. Too many allow trouble to distract them from being faithful.
However, when we stay faithful to God’s calling on our lives, God has a way of confirming His work. Let’s stay faithful to God’s will and trust Him to confirm and work things out.
Miracles, signs, and wonders are God’s areas. Our area is to be faithful with what God has given us to do.
- Wisdom and faithfulness. Notice in vss. 5-7 of this section of the Book of Acts that we see Paul and Barnabas both fleeing from the trouble in one area but yet preaching the word of God in the area they went to.
It takes wisdom to know when to stay and when to leave. At the core of such discernment are issues like prayer, peaceful conscious, and considering the greater good. However, whether we are flee or stay, God wants us to be faithful to His will.
A great part of God’s will is for us to be a witness about Him and His will. Let’s seek the wisdom, courage, and energy to know when to flee and when to stay as well as be a witness, wherever we are.
Read Acts 14:8-13 3. Events in Galatian Cities (continued). Paul was used to heal a man who was crippled from birth in this section of the Book of Acts. The surrounding people sought to worship Paul and Barnabas as idol gods. Even the priest wanted to give sacrifices to Paul Barnabas.
Applications – - God and miracles. Notice in vss. 8-10 in this section of the Book of Acts that God healed a man. God is still able to heal.
Even though some of those who claim to have the gift of healing today and who only exercise it in exchange for money are suspect, we can trust that God is still able and willing to do great things.
God often performs miracles to get the attention of unbelievers. Let’s live like we believe that God is able to do great things.
Such living should be known for obeying God’s will with confidence that God will do what is best. At the core of God’s will is for us to love Him and others as we love our saved selves.
- Zeal and knowledge. Notice in vss. 11-13 that zeal is not always based on knowledge, not even the zeal of religious leaders. The people were very excited and very wrong. And we will soon see they were very easily persuaded to go another way.
Let’s work on having a zeal based on knowledge of God’s word. Too many people have one without the other. They have zeal without knowledge and end up as wrong as those in our text. Or they claim to have knowledge without zeal.
In this case, they have knowledge about God but don’t really know Him. The more we know Him and how His will works for our good then the more zeal we should have for Him. Prayerful study and obedience with the support of other believers will help us find the balance.
Conclusion: Let’s work on being witnesses for the Lord, everywhere we go. God has much for those who obey His will.
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