QT 20/05/2024 Monday Acts 13. Self check against opposing God and God's work. 自我检查,防止反对上帝和上帝的工作。

QT 20/05/2024 Monday Acts 13. Self check against opposing God and God's work. 自我检查,防止反对上帝和上帝的工作。
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QT 20/05/2024 Monday Acts 13. Self check against opposing God and God's work. READ & LISTEN here


The Holy Spirit has "called them", Barnabas and Saul (Acts 13:2). The church at Antioch responded to that call by sending Barnabas and Saul off for Paul's first missionary journey (Acts 13:4-14:26).

They were not alone. There were many others along the way who identified with the gospel, even Manaen "a lifelong friend of Herod the tetrarch" (Acts 13:1). The LORD intervened with blindness on Elymas (Acts 13:8-11). Paul's preaching to the "sons of the family of Abraham" (Acts 13:26) resulted in many who responded to the message of salvation.

Furthermore, the Psalms (Psa 2:7, 16:10) and the Prophets (Isa 55:3, 49:6, 45:22) pointed to what's happening in their midst (Acts 13:33-35,41).

Nevertheless, be prepared that there would always be those who take the negative view of even the most positive happenings in the work of the LORD to the nations: people like Elymas who sought to "TURN the proconsul away from the faith" (Acts 13:8), JEALOUS people who contradicted Paul and was "reviling him" (Acts 13:45). They even "INCITED the devout women of high standing and the leading men of the city, STIRRED up persecution against Paul and Barnabas" (Acts 13:50), eventually driving them "out of their district".

REFLECTION: Intelligent men have the capability to stir up others, using power play and strategy, towards scattering and chaos. However, wise men obey the sending out work of the Holy Spirit (Acts 13:3,4,9) with rejoicing and grace of God (Acts 13:43,48,52). Who are you today?

APPLICATION: We join God in His work and be witnesses for Him. However, we might need to shake off "the dust from their feet against them" (Act 13:51) at times and move on. There are more urgent needs to attend to in God's work to the ends of the earth.

星期一2024年5月20日 今日读经:使徒行传13章. 自我检查,防止反对上帝和上帝的工作。