Rev. Clint Smith
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• Do you honestly believe God has a plan for your life?
• Are you honestly seeking His will?
Paul and Barnabas experienced the highs and lows of life. They experienced the joys of ministry and the pain of ministry. One thing is for certain, they were not in it for the money.
Ministry is not always pretty. Paul and Barnabas rejoiced because many believed in Jesus in the City of Iconium. The missionaries were forced to leave the city because of violent unbelieving mob.
The gospel must be preached for people to believe. God’s plans cannot fail. As the focus of their ministry changed, Paul and Barnabas continued to preach the gospel.
Much like Peter and John in Acts 3:2-10, Paul and Barnabas experienced God healing a man who was crippled from birth. This miracle was a message from God affirming these men in the ministry.
Unbelieving people act like unbelieving people! They are ignorant of the grace and power of God. After the miracle, the unbelieving culture celebrated Paul and Barnabas as gods.
Paul and Barnabas tore their clothes and began to preach to the people. They pointed their worship focus on God, Who is the Creator, Sustainer and Savior.
Ministry will always have opposition because the devil hates God. The same mob rule leadership in Iconium came to town in Lystra. They persuaded the unbelieving multitudes to turn against Paul.
The multitudes stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city. They threw him out like trash.
The believing disciples gathered around him, praying, and experiencing another miracle from God. Paul awakened and went back in the city.
Paul and Barnabas continued their missionary journey battered, beaten and battle worn.
• Do you think Paul and Barnabas knew they plan God had for their lives?
• Do you think they honestly sought to do God’s will?