Acts Chapter 13

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Acts 13

1 Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.

2 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.

3 And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.

4 So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus.

5 And when they were at Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews: and they had also John to their minister.

6 And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Barjesus:

7 Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God.

8 But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith.

9 Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him.

10 And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?

11 And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand.

12 Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord.

13 Now when Paul and his company loosed from Paphos, they came to Perga in Pamphylia: and John departing from them returned to Jerusalem.

14 But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and sat down.

15 And after the reading of the law and the prophets the rulers of the synagogue sent unto them, saying, Ye men and brethren, if ye have any word of exhortation for the people, say on.

16 Then Paul stood up, and beckoning with his hand said, Men of Israel, and ye that fear God, give audience.

17 The God of this people of Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people when they dwelt as strangers in the land of Egypt, and with an high arm brought he them out of it.

18 And about the time of forty years suffered he their manners in the wilderness.

19 And when he had destroyed seven nations in the land of Chanaan, he divided their land to them by lot.

20 And after that he gave unto them judges about the space of four hundred and fifty years, until Samuel the prophet.

21 And afterward they desired a king: and God gave unto them Saul the son of Cis, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, by the space of forty years.

22 And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave their testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.

23 Of this man’s seed hath God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus:

24 When John had first preached before his coming the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.

25 And as John fulfilled his course, he said, Whom think ye that I am? I am not he. But, behold, there cometh one after me, whose shoes of his feet I am not worthy to loose.

26 Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this salvation sent.

27 For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath day, they have fulfilled them in condemning him.

28 And though they found no cause of death in him, yet desired they Pilate that he should be slain.

29 And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a sepulchre.

30 But God raised him from the dead:

31 And he was seen many days of them which came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his witnesses unto the people.

32 And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the fathers,

33 God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.

34 And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David.

35 Wherefore he saith also in another psalm, Thou shalt not suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

36 For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption:

37 But he, whom God raised again, saw no corruption.

38 Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins:

39 And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.

40 Beware therefore, lest that come upon you, which is spoken of in the prophets;

41 Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which ye shall in no wise believe, though a man declare it unto you.

42 And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next sabbath.

43 Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.

44 And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God.

45 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming.

46 Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.

47 For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth.

48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.

49 And the word of the Lord was published throughout all the region.

50 But the Jews stirred up the devout and honourable women, and the chief men of the city, and raised persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them out of their coasts.

51 But they shook off the dust of their feet against them, and came unto Iconium.

52 And the disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy Ghost.

33 thoughts on “Acts Chapter 13

  1. 13:46 Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.

    Paul’s missionary principle was always to go to his own people, the Jews, first (Rom.1:16), but he always went to the Gentiles, too, and indeed was known as the Apostle to the Gentiles (Gal.2:7,8: Eph.3:6-8).

    Rom.1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

    Gal.2:7,8 But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter; (For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles: )

    Eph.3:6-8 That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;

  2. Rejoice in your Brothers Blessings

    45 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming.

    46 Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.

    47 For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth.

    48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.

    Why is it that every time a church shows great growth people start criticizing it??? Shouldn’t they rejoice in the fact that the truth is being spread? We should rejoice in the blessings of others for it only means that our blessing is that much closer. Here, because of the refusal of Jews and so called leaders of religion; the Truth gets to be shared with the Gentiles. The greatest gift is to given to us. Now, His promises are for us, His salvation is for us, His Holy Ghost is for us, and His Mercy everlasting is for us. The inheritance that once belonged only to the Jews, is given freely to the Gentiles. Why? Because they were willing to open their hearts and mind to the Truth of God. They were hungry for the word. The truth is they are still hungry for that word!!! I know because I get ask where I go to church all the time by perfect strangers. That is why, we MUST represent our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ every where we go, and represent our church POFW with dignity and good deeds; for there are hungry people watching our every move so they may decide to open their heart to the word. May the Lord open the closed doors, show us the paths, and soften the hearts so His Word can be planted and give fruit among our cities and the whole world. In Jesus Name AMEN.

  3. But Paul and Barnabas didn’t back down. Standing their ground they said, “It was required that God’s Word be spoken first of all to you, the Jews. But seeing that you want no part of it—you’ve made it quite clear that you have no taste or inclination for eternal life—the door is open to all the outsiders. And we’re on our way through it, following orders, doing what God commanded when he said, I’ve set you up as light to all nations. You’ll proclaim salvation to the four winds and seven seas!” When the non-Jewish outsiders heard this, they could hardly believe their good fortune. All who were marked out for real life put their trust in God—they honored God’s Word by receiving that life. And this Message of salvation spread like wildfire all through the region. (Acts 13:46-49 MSG)

    No turning back ! Our mission is this region, no matter what comes against you, STAND!!
    It’s time to work the fields, bringing in the harvest.

  4. 47 For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth.

    Matthew 5:14-16 KJV
    14.Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
    15. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
    16. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

  5. Verses 38-39 AMP “So let it be clearly known and understood by you, brethren, that through this Man forgiveness and removal of sins is now proclaimed to you; And that through Him everyone who believes [who [i]acknowledges Jesus as his Savior and devotes himself to Him] is absolved (cleared and freed) from every charge from which he could not be justified and freed by the Law of Moses and given right standing with God.”

    Verse 47 AMP “For so the Lord has charged us, saying, I have set you to be a light for the Gentiles (the heathen), that you may bring [eternal] salvation to the uttermost parts of the earth.” Let your light shine for Jesus. Lord I pray that you let every person you put in my path see You in me.

  6. 12 Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord.

    The sorcerer was full of the devil. He was bewitching, and deceiving people. He was manipulating, and exploiting.

    Yes the sorcerer turned out to be the greatest friend the deputy could have.

    God used the sorcerer’s sudden blindness to open the deputy’s eyes.

    The word says ALL things work together for the good of those who are the called according to Christ Jesus!

    Sometimes there are people that seem to be the worst influences, and try as we might they may not change.

    Yet God can use this person, and do things in their life that will bring him glory, and help save souls!

  7. 45 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming.

    46 Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.

    47 For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth.

    48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.

    49 And the word of the Lord was published throughout all the region.

    The word of the Lord is for whosoever will, Paul was bold in his statement and said the Word must first be delivered to you. Speaking of the Jews, that had not sought the Lord the way they should. I pray that people will see the light and not judge themselves, unworthy of everlasting life.
    The first step to repentance is acknowledging that you are wrong and need to get right. Then you have to believe God will forgive you of all your sins.
    Do not consider yourself unworthy, but judges yourself the way God does. Now when you reject God, which many have we need to understand what that means. I could dig deeper but will not at this time. I will say that this is the only message that will deliver you. Acts 2:38 has the plan of salvation and we must obey. It does not matter who we are, we must obey God’s plan because there will not be another plan to follow!

  8. 47 And we’re on our way through it, following orders, doing what God commanded when he said, I’ve set you up as light to all nations. You’ll proclaim salvation to the four winds and seven seas!” (MSG)

    Many times people don’t know what it is they’re looking for. It’s our job to proclaim His salvation and lead those souls to what we know they’re truly seeking, a God with a never failing love, grace, mercy, and forgiveness that would wash them new and make them whole.

  9. Nearly everyone has been hurt by the actions or words of another. These wounds can leave you with lasting feelings of anger, bitterness or even vengeance — but if you don’t practice forgiveness, you might be the one who pays most dearly. By embracing forgiveness, you can also embrace peace, hope, gratitude and joy. Generally, forgiveness is a decision to let go of resentment and thoughts of revenge. The act that hurt or offended you might always remain a part of your life, but forgiveness can lessen its grip on you and help you focus on other, positive parts of your life. Forgiveness can even lead to feelings of understanding, empathy and compassion for the one who hurt you.

    Forgiveness doesn’t mean that you deny the other person’s responsibility for hurting you, and it doesn’t minimize or justify the wrong. You can forgive the person without excusing the act. Forgiveness brings a kind of peace that helps you go on with life.

    Colossians 3:13
    Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. NIV

    Matthew 18:21-22
    Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. NIV

    1 Thessalonians 5:22
    Abstain from all appearance of evil. KJV

  10. PERSONAL JUDGMENT

    46 Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.

    Paul declared that the result or FRUIT of rejecting the WORD of GOD is judging ourselves unworthy of EVERLASTING LIFE.

    MSG
    46-47 But Paul and Barnabas didn’t back down. Standing their ground they said, “It was required that God’s Word be spoken first of all to you, the Jews. But seeing that you want no part of it—you’ve made it quite clear that you have no taste or inclination for eternal life.

    We are WISE to receive the WORD of GOD and heed its teaching to receive eternal LIFE through the WORD of GOD. Rejection of the WORD of GOD is judging ourselves to the eternal judgments written in the WORD of GOD.

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  11. iLove to eat the Word of God

    45 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming.

    People are not always going to approve of what The Pentecostals of Fort Worth are doing in our city. There are going to be those who are envious and those who are jealous. The true sign of jealousy is when folks come behind you contracting and speaking against you.

    There is so much more in this chapter, hopefully I will get to comment more later.

  12. Vs 46 God will always allow his word to be preached. It is up to us to receive it or he will take his word elsewhere.

  13. 1 Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
    2 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.
    3 And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.
    4 So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus.

    The power of being submitted and authority is evident in these first few verses. They were separated out, laid hands on, anointed, and appointed and sent out to do the word of the Lord. This is the perfect example for ministry. Too many people send themselves and don’t wait on the appointment by God and their Pastor. Oh the lessons we could learn from being submissive and obedient.

  14. 26 Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this salvation sent.

    The word of salvation is sent to everyone! There is no one to great, successful, and rich to be saved, and there is no one too low, poor, and broken to be saved. Everyone who fears God has a chance at salvation.

  15. 48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.

    49 And the word of the Lord was published throughout all the region.

    We should give God all the praise for the things He has done and the many things He will do. But in the end we need to decide for ourselves if we are going to believe in Him and continue or stop. However when we decide and it’s continueing with God and giving Him our all, then we need to spread his word and publish it within us and spread it around so many can do the same.

  16. Knowing God

    27 For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath day, they have fulfilled them in condemning him.

    These were “good church folk” yet they didn’t really know God or His voice through the prophets, though they heard preaching all the time at church. How terrible would it be to go through the motions of church, go along with the moves of God and the goosebumps of a good altar service, be able to quote some scripture, only to find out at the end that you never really knew Him or caught what He spoke in His Word?

    We might say “well I’m trying, I don’t know what else I can do differently if I don’t know God by now, so I must know Him…” But sometimes our efforts get consumed and don’t take us much farther because they are *our* efforts and while we feel like we’re reaching for God, we are at the same time pushing Him away. We must give God permission for us to know Him. He’s been reaching for humanity since before we were put on this earth yet we must respond to Him.

    Just going through the motions won’t magically cause us to know Him and bring about relationship. There’s a gulf of separation caused by sin that is bridged by the Blood but filled with relationship with Jesus as we go along the journey of sanctification. As the gap is filled with Jesus, we find that not only will we know Him but we will do His works. One example, as we heard here recently, Jesus came to seek and to save that which was lost; filling the gap with Him means He’s living through us to reach the lost. Our life is not our own, our actions are not our own actions “to get to God” but His through us since we let Him get to us.

    But what if we deny His works? We are suddenly resisting God and pushing Him out of that gap. One example as we were given last night: if God called us to give $100 and we give $150, we might as well have only given $50; it was disobedience and fell short of what God desired. That is one way that we push God away when we think we are reaching for Him. The issue? It’s our works, not His. Our way, our will, our timing…

    1 John 4:19
    We love him, because he first loved us.

    John 14:15
    If ye love me, keep my commandments.

    John 15:14
    Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

    When we get God, we get the love that allows us to love Him to do His commandments (His works) and be His friend (fulfillment of reciprocal, purposeful relationship and favor)… If we aren’t doing His works, we won’t be His friend for one, but the issue stems from behind that in that it reveals we are having a God-love problem. Somewhere we are resisting God and rejecting His love. He will help us to resolve any such issue, but we must give Him permission. It’s like what we heard last night: will we trust Him? Will we let His love in and know Him?

  17. Vs.46, “Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you (speaking of the Jews): but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.”
    Vs.47, “For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth.”
    Vs.48, “And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.”

    This brought two other passages of scripture to mind.
    St. John. 3:15-16, “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
    St. John 10:10, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

    Perhaps this is what is wrong with the world today. We live in a hurting world, and the enemy, the destroyer, has told people that God doesn’t love them, and they are not worthy enough to receive salvation in their lives. They are to bad and have gone to far for God to save them. This is a trick and a lie from the devil.
    This is why the time is NOW for us to stand up and be BOLD and PROCLAIM the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We need to reach the hurting in Fort Worth, and let them know that JESUS does Love them; that he died on the cross for them; and that he wants to give them eternal life too. We need to let them know that their is HOPE today.

    Let’s Go and let our LIGHTS shine for JESUS!

  18. Walk away to those that thirst

    Acts 13:46
    Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and said, “It was necessary that the word of God be spoken to you first; since you repudiate it and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we are turning to the Gentiles.

    After the Jews rejected the gospel, the Gentiles accepted it. Those who practiced the law rejected grace and the pagans are it up. There is no point in arguing with a religious person. It’s more efficient to let the blind lead the blind and and find those who are hungry. Compare this attitude with those in Acts 19. A willingness to listen to the man of God is needed in addition to belief.

  19. v 9 Then Saul, ( who also is called Paul,) fill with the Holy Ghost, ( set his eyes on him,
    v10 And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou chil of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness , wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord ?

    Paul responded to this spiritual challenge as one whom the Holy Ghost had filled.
    We see the gift of discernment worked through him as he identified the source of his spiritual opposition . As the Spirit of GOD moved upon Paul.
    When we are full of the Holy Ghost we have complete confidence in HIS POWER.
    We find this in relationship intimacy with JESUS as we continue accomplishing
    GOD’S Will.
    BE FULL OF THE HOLY GHOST!

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  20. 50 But the Jews stirred up the devout and honourable women, and the chief men of the city, and raised persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them out of their coasts.
    51 But they shook off the dust of their feet against them, and came unto Iconium.
    52 And the disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy Ghost.

    When we go out to compel people. We must do as the disciples. When we come across someone who is unwilling to hear. Shake the dust off and move forward. When we dwell on what’s happened in the past, the future will pass us by. Don’t live from the yesterday but of the day.

  21. For the Lord gave us this command when he said, ‘I have made you a light to the Gentiles, to bring salvation to the farthest corners of the earth.’ ” When the Gentiles heard this, they were very glad and thanked the Lord for his message; and all who were chosen for eternal life became believers. (Acts of the Apostles 13:47, 48 NLT)

    So thankful for a Savior that loves us so much He’d lay down his life for us.

    “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep. No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again. For this is what my Father has commanded.” (John 10:11, 18 NLT)

  22. “They were filled with envy”. There were those that became full of self. One must be prayerful that one does not fall prey to the deceiver’s (satan) ways, as those that spoke against Paul. One is truly blessed, and should be thankful, for a man of God that will preach and teach the whole word of God (Jesus). What a mighty God we serve, thank God for his word! God bless Jerusalem and you all, in Jesus name, Amen

  23. Go filled
    6 And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Barjesus:

    7 Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God.

    8 But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith.

    9 Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him.

    10 And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?

    11 And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand.

    12 Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord.

    We must be sensitive to know and see what’s going on around those we are trying to reach. There will be all people from different kinds of walks in life, and social ranks. I see it as something to pray about as we out and work the fields of The Lord. Paul identified what was the hindrance and being filled with the Holy Ghost took care of the problem cause he knew he had dominion and authority in the name of Jesus. What a great importance those 15 mins of prayer before hitting the streets every outreach. We don’t know all we may encounter but being filled with the Holy Ghost, we have power, and the word tells us

    Luke 9:1-2 One day Jesus called together his twelve disciples and gave them power and authority to cast out all demons and to heal all diseases. Then he sent them out to tell everyone about the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick.

    We should know that it is His wil for us to go and compel them, and we must use and equip ourselves with all the tools that He provides us though His Word. Go filled in Jesus name.

  24. 2 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.

    A word to the wise never separate yourself, always allow the Lord direct.

  25. 50 But the Jews stirred up the devout and honourable women, and the chief men of the city, and raised persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them out of their coasts.

    51 But they shook off the dust of their feet against them, and came unto Iconium.

    People do not want to hear the truth, but it needs to be told. We must spread this word no matter what. We are the ambassadors for Christ.

  26. 9 Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him.

    10 And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?

    11 And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand.

    The power of a true prophet…
    Being full of the Holy Ghost Saul was able to speak a curse upon the false prophet and make him blind for a season now thats power!! We must not forget as children of the truth we have the power over every power of the enemy over every false prophet and all unrighteousness!! We can rebuke the lies of the devil and continue to minister in victory and in truth!!

  27. Paul’s Strategy

    Call it a pattern. Call it a strategy. Call it what you want, but Paul makes it a point to start ministry in new cities by visiting the local Jewish synagogue (vs14) just as he does in a number of other locations Salamis (Act 13:3), Iconium (Act 14:1), Thessalonica (Acts 17:1-2), Berea (Act 17:10), Athens (Act 17:16-17), Corinth (Act 18:1-4) , and Ephesus (Act 18:19).

    Why this strong commitment to beginging ministry in the gathering place of the Jewish community? There can be many reasons, but the first perhaps is Paul’s passionate love and care for his fellow Jews. These are the people for whom Paul said he would be willing to sacrifice his own salvation if only they would come to faith in Christ (Ro 9:1-5). Paul’s ministry strategy grows out of love -love for God and love for the lost. We need this same passion, and love for lost souls today.

  28. Being sent
    Pastor has talked about his missing book several times. These guys were truly sent. They prayed, fasted, and were told by the Holy Ghost. With our world being more and more self focused we need to make sure that we are really hearing God. I’m happy when anyone is sent, but too many of us just go.

  29. 44 And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God.
    45 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming.
    46 Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.

    It’s shocking that there was envy over the gospel being shared with the Gentiles. But unfortunately the Jews looked down upon them. Verse 46 sums it all up: their rejection of their salvation was within their grasp but their attitude robbed them of it.

  30. Paul and Barnabas are sent to the Gentiles 42. And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gen’-tiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next Sabbath. 43. Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Bar’-na-bas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God. 44. And the next Sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God. 45. But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming. 46. Then Paul and Bar’-na-bas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gen’-tiles. 47. For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gen’-tiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth. 48. And when the Gen’-tiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.

  31. They traveled the length of the island, and at Paphos came upon a Jewish wizard who had worked himself into the confidence of the governor, Sergius Paulus, an intelligent man not easily taken in by charlatans. The wizard’s name was Bar-Jesus. He was as crooked as a corkscrew. The governor invited Barnabas and Saul in, wanting to hear God’s Word firsthand from them. But Dr. Know-It-All (that’s the wizard’s name in plain English) stirred up a ruckus, trying to divert the governor from becoming a believer. But Saul (or Paul), full of the Holy Spirit and looking him straight in the eye, said, “You bag of wind, you parody of a devil—why, you stay up nights inventing schemes to cheat people out of God. But now you’ve come up against God himself, and your game is up. You’re about to go blind—no sunlight for you for a good long stretch.” He was plunged immediately into a shadowy mist and stumbled around, begging people to take his hand and show him the way. (Acts 13:7-11 MSG)

    Be careful to think you know it all. God just might change your view point completely to have you depend on others for guidance.

    You’re never too young/old to learn

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