Text: Acts 14:7-10
After Paul’s conversion in Acts chapter 9, the Lord assigned him to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles and Jews.
Then in Acts 13:1-3, a man called Barnabas whose name meant encourager was appointed to accompany Paul on his mission; both men proclaimed the gospel with boldness and in the power of the Holy Ghost.
On one of their missionary journeys, Paul and Barnabas went to the city of Iconium where they taught the people in the synagogue of the Jews; Acts 14:1 tells us that “…a great multitude both Jews and Greeks became believers”
In spite of the fact that many believed and were saved, the apostles faced great opposition from those who rejected the truth that was being preached. (Acts 13:44-50, Acts 14:2)
Have you ever wondered how Paul and Barnabas accomplished the task despite the opposition? The apostles stayed together! The word ‘together’ is repeated 31 times in the book of Acts, for example:
- Acts 1:6 “When they were come together…”!
- Acts 2:44 “And all that believed were together…”!
- Acts 4:31 “And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together”!”
Believers, there is power in agreement and unity! Jesus spoke concerning this in Matthew 18:19 “…If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you.”
Secondly, when you are faced with a difficult situation, it is wise to surround yourself with people of great faith who can encourage you during your moments of crisis.
As a result of the opposition, Paul and Barnabas left Iconium for Lystra; these two transcended the resistance from the unbelieving Jews in order to fulfill God’s mandate for their lives.
As Paul preached to the congregation in Lystra, he perceived that a certain crippled man in the crowd had faith to be healed “…so Paul called to him in a loud voice “stand up!” and the man jumped on his feet and started walking” Acts 14:10 What a miracle!
Just like the Apostle Paul, we must get to a place in our walk with God where the gifts of the Spirit are prominent.
The word of God produced aggressive faith in the lame man and within the heart of Paul!
Faith gets an individual to the point where he/she can receive a miracle but it is the utterance by the preacher that triggers the manifestation of the miracle; the word of God mixed with aggressive faith will always produce tremendous results.
May the Lord enable you to leap from that which has kept you bound.
Pastor G Ferguson.