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"BELIEVED AND WAS ASTONISHED" (Acts 13:1-12)
THURSDAY, MAY 30, 2019
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“Then Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked directly at Elymas and said, ‘O child of the devil and enemy of all righteousness! You are full of all kinds of deceit and trickery. Will you never stop perverting the straight ways of the Lord? Now look, the hand of the Lord is against you, and for a time you will be blind and unable to see the light of the sun.’ Immediately mist and darkness came over him, and he groped about, seeking someone to lead him by the hand.Then the proconsul, seeing what happened, believed and was astonishedat the teaching about the Lord.” vs9-12

This is what’s most important, that people believe, and we must put our timidity aside for this great battle. It is not personal glory, but we want souls for the Lord, and when the truth of the gospel is attacked, then we must fight back, lest the sheep are slaughtered. We must not give them to the wolf.

First, Paul and Barnabas were sent for this task [vs1-3]. “While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them [vs2].’” We cannot do the Lord’s work, unless we are sent - called and commissioned. We cannot serve the Lord, unless we are born again, and we must serve with the strength that He gives us. It is not one man’s job, but we must each find our place as commanded [Eph 4:12; Rom 15:14].

Do not go without the Lord! He who sent you MUST go with you. “So after they had fasted and prayed, they laid their hands on them and sent them off. Being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they came down to Seleucia [vs3-4].” I know how God wants me to preach, but having God is my daily battle: it is the most important thing - to be strengthened with the power of His might [Eph 3:19].

Secondly, the Lord calls us to preach the gospel [vs4-6]! “When they arrived at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the Jewish synagogues. And John was with them as their helper.” They didn’t go on vacation, but they went to preach. They didn’t go to sit in luxury, but to labor until the door opened. As they were serving, perhaps with little result, the Lord opened the ears of an influential person. “They traveled through the whole island as far as Paphos, where they found a Jewish sorcerer and false prophet named Bar-Jesus, an attendant of the proconsul, Sergius Paulus. The proconsul, a man of intelligence, summoned Barnabas and Saul because he wanted to hear the word of God.”

Thus, as we serve, we’ll be able to serve. As we cast our bread, we’ll obtain a harvest in due time [Eccl 11:1]. As we minister, our ministries will bear fruit with power. As we go faithfully, faithful people will rise up.

Thirdly, there is opposition [vs8-12]. “But Elymas the sorcerer (for that is what his name means) opposed them and tried to turn the proconsul from the faith.” Do not expect it to be all sweets. People will oppose you because they oppose God, and Satan is using them. John MacArthur said:

False doctrine is the most damning thing in all the world because it shuts the way of heaven, and Satan uses lies to blind us [2 Cor 4:3-4]. He is an imitator and a perverter of truth, so he uses RELIGION to damn men.

Do not be deceived about the necessity of confrontation. Paul blinded this man, and we must stand for the gospel clearly and authoritatively. “Then Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked directly at Elymas and said, ‘O child of the devil and enemy of all righteousness! You are full of all kinds of deceit and trickery. Will you never stop perverting the straight ways of the Lord? Now look, the hand of the Lord is against you, and for a time you will be blind and unable to see the light of the sun.’” We must not back up in false humility: People’s souls are on the line [ 2 Tim 1:7].

Finally, do you believe? “When the proconsul saw what had happened, he believed, for he was astonished at the teaching about the Lord.” Are you astonished at the apostle’s doctrine? Does it shock you the power of the true gospel? Have you seen the persecutors, liars, and deceivers for who they truly are: frauds?

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