Acts Chapter 14

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Acts 14

1 And it came to pass in Iconium, that they went both together into the synagogue of the Jews, and so spake, that a great multitude both of the Jews and also of the Greeks believed.

2 But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles, and made their minds evil affected against the brethren.

3 Long time therefore abode they speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of his grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands.

4 But the multitude of the city was divided: and part held with the Jews, and part with the apostles.

5 And when there was an assault made both of the Gentiles, and also of the Jews with their rulers, to use them despitefully, and to stone them,

6 They were ware of it, and fled unto Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and unto the region that lieth round about:

7 And there they preached the gospel.

8 And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet, being a cripple from his mother’s womb, who never had walked:

9 The same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed,

10 Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked.

11 And when the people saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in the speech of Lycaonia, The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men.

12 And they called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercurius, because he was the chief speaker.

13 Then the priest of Jupiter, which was before their city, brought oxen and garlands unto the gates, and would have done sacrifice with the people.

14 Which when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of, they rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out,

15 And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein:

16 Who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways.

17 Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.

18 And with these sayings scarce restrained they the people, that they had not done sacrifice unto them.

19 And there came thither certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium, who persuaded the people, and having stoned Paul, drew him out of the city, supposing he had been dead.

20 Howbeit, as the disciples stood round about him, he rose up, and came into the city: and the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe.

21 And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch,

22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

23 And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.

24 And after they had passed throughout Pisidia, they came to Pamphylia.

25 And when they had preached the word in Perga, they went down into Attalia:

26 And thence sailed to Antioch, from whence they had been recommended to the grace of God for the work which they fulfilled.

27 And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles.

28 And there they abode long time with the disciples.

29 thoughts on “Acts Chapter 14

  1. 19 And there came thither certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium, who persuaded the people, and having stoned Paul, drew him out of the city, supposing he had been dead.

    20 Howbeit, as the disciples stood round about him, he rose up, and came into the city: and the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe.

    When the enemy throws stones, don’t give up and die – get among God’s people, get restoration, and go again!

  2. 8 And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet, being a cripple from his mother’s womb, who never had walked:

    9 The same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed,

    10 Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked.

    11 And when the people saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in the speech of Lycaonia, The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men.

    The church was facing persecution from many sides, but miracles kept happening. Miracles at the hands of the apostles kept happening because they ignored the enemy and kept trusting God. To many times we let things distract us and stop us from fulfilling what God wants to do. When we should just trust him!

  3. Establishing and strengthening the souls and the hearts of the disciples, urging and warning and encouraging them to stand firm in the faith, and [telling them] that it is through many hardships and tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God. (Acts 14:22 AMP)
    Yes WE MUST…. Win souls, teach, preach, serve, no matter the trials and tribulations we face!!! There’s people out there that are lost and hungry for the truth! They need a Savior just as much as I need him today!!
    Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: “God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20 MSG)

  4. In this chapter we have awesome examples of God’s disciples never giving up, never quiting; but, rather trusting in the God who sent them. When hardships come don’t give up. We must continue as Paul and Barnabas, praying, fasting and trusting in God.

    1 Corinthians 15:58 AMP “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be firm (steadfast), immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord [always being superior, excelling, doing more than enough in the service of the Lord], knowing and being continually aware that your labor in the Lord is not futile [it is never wasted or to no purpose].”

  5. Love to wake up with a song in my heart!

    Come on, start your day by singing this morning…

    There is power in the name of Jesus
    There is power in the name of Jesus
    There is power in the name of Jesus

    To break every chain
    Break every chain
    Break every chain

    There’s an army rising up
    There’s an army rising up
    There’s an army rising up

    To break every chain
    Break every chain
    Break every chain

    I hear those chains falling
    I hear those chains falling
    I hear those chains falling

    Hallelujah , Hallelujah , Hallelujah!!
    Holy is the Lord, Holy is the Lord, Holy is the Lord!!

    Our worship and our praise is shifting, shifting the atmosphere
    Till the heavens are open
    This praise is shifting
    Shifting, shifting the atmosphere
    For breakthrough in healing
    Our worship is shifting, shifting…shifting the atmosphere

    Man it sure feels good doesn’t it!

    Keep in mind today, it is not about us. It is about the Kingdom of God. There is a constant battle for souls, we must choose a side. We are either part of the solution or part of the problem. There is no middle ground. There are no bystanders. Choose to pull people from the grips of hell. Choose to save a soul from an eternity in the one place where God cannot be found.

    Lord Jesus, lead me to a hungry soul today.

  6. Woke up with this song in my heart today, haven’t heard it sung in forever:
    My house is full, but my field is empty

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    There is peace and contentment in my Father’s house today,
    Lots of food on His table and no one turned away.
    There is singing and laughter as the hours pass by,
    But a hush calms the singing as the Father sadly cries,

    My house is full, but my field is empty,
    Who will go and work for Me today.
    It seems my children want to stay around my table,
    But no one wants to work my fields,
    No one wants to work my fields.

    Push away from the table.
    Look out through the windowpane,
    Just beyond the house of plenty
    Lies a field of golden grain.
    And it’s ripe unto harvest,
    But the reapers, where are they?
    In the house,
    Oh, can’t the children hear
    the Father sadly say,

    My house is full, but my field is empty,
    Who will go and work for Me today.
    It seems my children want to stay around my table,
    But no one wants to work my fields,
    No one wants to work my fields.

    We have all been abused thru words or deeds from someone, don’t throw in the towel keep your head up and keep on going. People are watching us and we need to talk the talk and walk the walk. Pray for those that hurt and abuse you and let God handle the rest, God’s ways are so much better than ours.

  7. Share your Testimony

    27 And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles.

    What you have gone through, the victories that the Lord has given you, will be the encouragement of many. Don’t give up and tell the world your TESTIMONY!!!! Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

  8. Can God trust you?

    11 And when the people saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in the speech of Lycaonia, The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men.

    Can God trust you with power? The answer is yes. The Holy Ghost is God living inside you and through much prayer and fasting we will see things happen. Some people would let power go to their heads. This is why when we see these things happen. We must not allow our ego to get in the way and allow God to do His thing. We have the power. We just have to tap into and tune into what God wants us to do.

  9. 19 And there came thither certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium, who persuaded the people, and having stoned Paul, drew him out of the city, supposing he had been dead.

    20 Howbeit, as the disciples stood round about him, he rose up, and came into the city: and the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe.

    21 And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch,

    22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

    Keep pressing on…
    Sometimes it seems as though the deeper the you the harder it gets. You may ask yourself but Lord I’m doing your will, I’m reaching out witnessing, being faithful and walking righteous…but the stones are harder, and from different directions. It’s almost as if the climb just took a steep upwards and your breath is falling short. Despite all that these deciples went through we see here the account of the apostle Paul, stoned and was left for dead, but we see that he rose up and went right back to it. Not even a time for putty party, no time to waste. I think He caught the revelation like we were just taught; he needed to compel them. We can find encouragement from people like Paul. We can find that little energy boost our faith needs, to go on. Faith without works is dead. “That we must go through much tribulation enter into the Kingdom of God.

    John 16:33
    New King James Version (NKJV)
    33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will[a] have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

  10. There is work to be done in the kingdom of God, and it’s our job to do that work. There are millions of souls counting on and trusting God to please send someone their way; these people are hungry for God and it’s our job to feed them His word.

  11. GIVING GOD GLORY THROUGH TEACHING REPENTANCE

    15 And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein:

    The fastest way to lose the power of GOD is to take credit for what he has done. The most efficient way to utilize the power of GOD is to serve in humility and COMPEL souls to turn from sin to JESUS then give GOD all GLORY for the fruit of HIS WORD.

    Lets make today a day of teaching repentance, sharing JESUS and giving HIM all the GLORY.

    iRepent
    iPraise
    iPray
    iWork
    iGive
    iReap

  12. vs . 2-3. But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles, and made their minds evil affected against the brethren .

    v3 Long time therefore abode they speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of his grace,and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands.

    Some people think miracles are a thing of the past. GOD still works miracles.
    HE responds to our faith and needs.
    Miracles have not ceased.
    Peole witnessed many kinds of miracles as GOD worked through believers then,and GOD continues to work through believers
    today.
    If we believe in HIS book ( The Bible )
    We must believe HIS WORKS.

    iBelieve
    iRepent
    iPray
    iWork
    iGive
    iReap

    Verily, verily, I say unto you, HE that believth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
    John 14:12

    BELIEVE!

  13. 2 But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles, and made their minds evil affected against the brethren.

    Negativity breeds negativity. We need to guard our hearts and watch who we hang around with and who we listen to. The old saying garbage in, garbage out. We can’t put carnal thinking and sayings into our spirits and reap positive thoughts. It only takes one seed to be planted for something to grow, likewise it only takes one seed of a negative word to be planted in our minds to breed doubt, fear, unbelief or even bitterness.

    Whatsoever things are true, just and of good report should be what is going into our hearts and minds.

  14. Destructive Extremes

    18 And with these sayings scarce restrained they the people, that they had not done sacrifice unto them.

    19 And there came thither certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium, who persuaded the people, and having stoned Paul, drew him out of the city, supposing he had been dead.

    How quickly were these peoples’ minds changed! One minute they were about the worship Paul and Barnabas, the next they were persuaded to stone them. It reminds me of how this world treats celebrities. One minute they worship even the ground they walk on, the next they’re tearing them down and ripping them to shreds in the media while documenting the celebrities’ own extremes of living.

    Our culture not only puts emphasis on the wrong values (promiscuity, drunkenness, general debauchery, etc) but does so in a very unhealthy manner; they teach uncommited, destructive extremes and adulterate our ability to experience anything as we abuse our emotions and violate the “laws of imprinting” that God designed us to have.

    We are creatures of habit for a reason. We were not meant to be flighty and uncommited but were made to form lasting bonds. Our emotions are not to be on a rollercoaster but set upon consistency and protected by the security of Love. We do not do well when we go from one extreme to another and then back again. This is because we form emotional bonds with the people and things in our lives, even if they are more acquaintences than anything. We crave consistency within all these people and things that we’ve imprinted upon as being “part of our world.”

    Living in extremes is traumatizing to our emotional makeup, and between the actual damage and our own mind’s attempts to minimize any additional damage, we begin to be robbed of the ability to experience anything. Eventually we seek extremes not because it’s what we really want but because it’s the only thing we can feel anymore. We can’t find true comfort but we at least want to feel alive, even if that means seeking pain.

    This is the sort of broken state some people are in when they come to God.

    But God is the Healer of wounded spirits, damaged emotions, and shattered hearts. He does more than simply help people cope, He make us whole. We don’t have to just pretend to be well-adjusted and socially acceptable while hiding a mountain of pain, we can have actual healing and deliverance from the bondage. The damage doesn’t have to be our identity when Christ has called us His and given us the promise we are a new creature in Him. He is the ultimate stability and His love never fails. With God, we can find ourselves being transformed from the product of destructive extremes to the child of Love.

    The world teaches much about death but we the church have the opportunity to show the world all the goodness of God. Not everyone comes from a background of deep brokenness but that doesn’t mean the message of life and life more abundantly needs to be diminished. If God can take those that society can do nothing more than contain and medicate, and even send away to a facility, and turn them into joyful individuals with sound minds and whole hearts, then what sort of message of hope can we carry concerning this abundant living God offers? The Gospel is not just for those who weren’t too messed up by the time they got to God; no problem, no wound, no condition is too big for God. He’s in the business of creative extremes: making us a new creature in Him. Now that’s an extreme worth putting in the media…

    2 Corinthians 5:17
    Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

    Joel 2:25-26
    25 And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.

    26 And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed.

  15. The apostles did not appoint elders on the first visit becase it took time for congregations to recognize who among them would mature spiritually. Appoint here is to elect by a show of hands. The apostles confirmed those that the young churches had already discerned were spirituaaly qualified to lead.

  16. Acts 14:11
    When the crowds saw what Paul had done, they started shouting in their own Lycaonian language, “The gods have become like men and have come down to us!”

    Matthew 4:8-9
    Then the Devil took Jesus to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in all their greatness. “All this I will give you,” the Devil said, “if you kneel down and worship me.”

    Isaiah 14:12-14
    How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!
    how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
    For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven,
    I will exalt my throne above the stars of God:
    I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
    I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

    Every man, and woman of God that begins to be mightily used will face the temptation of the devil. This is the same temptation that the devil fell to himself.

    Pride is destructive, and will cripple.

    Humility is life giving, and allows God to continue to use us.

    Paul responded correctly by rending his clothes, but was then stoned. There is a price to pay, but the consequences of taking the glory for ourselves can be eternal.

    As revival, and harvest continue to explode we must purposefully direct all glory, honor, and praise to God.

  17. “The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men”. Barnabas and Paul proved themselves worthy. One is wise to ensure the creator (Jesus) receives all the glory, and not the creation (anyone/anything other). One that is true will give God (Jesus) the glory, whereas one that is false/full of self will not. What a mighty God we serve, thank God for his word! God bless Jerusalem and you all, in Jesus name, Amen

  18. 10 Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked.

    11 And when the people saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in the speech of Lycaonia, The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men.

  19. His faith
    We he saw the lame man and saw that he had faith to be healed he told the lame man to get up and be healed. He was. It was the man’s faith! We all have a measure of faith, how are you using yours.

  20. 3 Long time therefore abode they speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of his grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands.

    We are The Lords hands and feet, it’s by Him that miracles and healings happen. We must never forget that it is by God and His favor, never our own power or strength or even position.

  21. iLove to eat the Word

    9 The same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed…

    Something leaped out at Paul that day, something spoke to him that this man had faith to be healed.

    How does faith come? Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. If we really want to be healed than we need to start hearing more of the Word of God and start expecting it to happen.

  22. Some of the Jews, however, spurned God’s message and poisoned the minds of the Gentiles against Paul and Barnabas. But the apostles stayed there a long time, preaching boldly about the grace of the Lord. And the Lord proved their message was true by giving them power to do miraculous signs and wonders. (Acts of the Apostles 14:2, 3 NLT)

    There’s gonna be people that go against the word and try to change what you think, but you have to stand your ground and know what you believe and hold on to it.

  23. The First Church Planters

    22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

    23 And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.

  24. 14 Which when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of, they rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out,

    Much credit is given to Paul for the work of God in his life and rightfully so. But this verse reminds me again that there are those still very much used of God that very little is recorded of. The verse indentifies apostles(plural). Not that I have ever considered Barnabas an Apostles but his works speaks for him. Look not for the recognition of people;just be used of God.

  25. Preaching at Iconium 1. And it came to pass in I-co’-ni-um, that they went both together into the synagogue of the Jews, and so spake, that a great multitude both of the Jews and also of the Greeks believed. 2. But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gen’-tiles, and made their minds evil affected against the brethren. 3. Long time therefore abode they speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of his grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands. 4. But the multitude of the city was divided: and part held with the Jews, and part with the apostles. 5. And when there was an assault made both of the Gen’-tiles, and also of the Jews with their rulers, to use them despitefully, and to stone them, 6. They were ware of it, and fled unto Lys’-tra and Der’-be, cities of Ly-ca- o’-ni-a, and unto the region that lieth round about: 7. And there they preached the gospel. 8. And there sat a certain man at Lys’-tra, impotent in his feet, being a cripple from his mother’s womb, who never had walked: 9. The same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed, 10. Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked.

  26. Division kills

    Acts 14:4
    But the multitude of the city was divided; and part held with the Jews, and part with the apostles.

    Some people were stuck in the old ways and some embraced the new. Churches today face that with change. Some will want things to be as they are and others welcome growth. Change is inconvenient and requires work and sacrifice. The apostles did both to change the world and bring Christianity to its new age of grace with much growth. We must be diligent to practices these principles in our own lives.

    Even the refuges from Egypt complained of the change that accompanied their freedom. So when freedom from sin came through the cross, they still rejected it and desired to stay in bondage.

    The heart can’t be divided between grace and law. If it is, one will miss the mark one way or another.

  27. On arrival, they got the church together and reported on their trip, telling in detail how God had used them to throw the door of faith wide open so people of all nations could come streaming in. Then they settled down for a long, leisurely visit with the disciples. (Acts 14:27, 28 MSG)

    All nations!!! We are a church of all colors, shapes and sizes. As a body we need to accept all different types of ethnicity’s and make sure we arnt only envolving ourselves with people who “look like us”… The gospel is for everyone, let’s reach out not to just this city but the world!

  28. Cities of Asia Minor

    When we look at a road map, we see a complex web of highways, toll roads and interstate expressways that crisscross the landscape. Our challange is deciding which route to take as we decide between our many options. Not so in the days of the apostle Paul. In the first century there were few options for travel. Paul often used the most familiar and traveled roads of the day. This was certainly true in his travel from Pisidian Antioch to Iconium, Lystra, and Debre. A great Roman trade route wound its way from Ephesus to the Euphrates and was very likely the road Paul used on this particular missionary journey.

    Paul has a way of using what is avaliable to accomplish the mission God has set before him. The merchants of the day know that the trade route will bring them to the streets of Pisidian Antioch with its thousands of residents and that they can continue south to many other greatly populated cities. Paul used the same roads to spread the Word. We have better resources, transportation and larger populated cities. The fields are white with harvest, but the workers are few. Lets get to work!

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