Google+ 02/08/14 Never Take God For Granted!

Acts 14:1-4

 

 The same thing happened in Iconium.

Paul and Barnabas went to the Jewish synagogue and preached with such power

That a great number of both Jews and Greeks became believers.

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.

But the people of the town were divided in their opinion about them.

Some sided with the Jews, and some with the apostles.

 

As we conclude our six-part devotion series entitled, "Wonders in Wonderland!" we turn to the apostle Luke for some well-needed insight about what happens when you testify for Jesus.  Paul and Barnabas had been making their missionary rounds.  In every case, they went into a city and preached in the Temple.  As Jesus instructed, they spoke to both the Jews and the Gentiles.  The saving grace of Jesus Christ was a powerful message.  Many were saved by Christ's blood and many joined the church.  Unfortunately, there were also a large number of Jews that were threatened by God's message.  Most of this fear and anger came from a desire to keep control of the church, hence control of the money.  Even when the apostles lives were threatened, they continued to preach God's Word boldly.  As God always does, He proved their message to be true and gave them the ability to perform miraculous signs and wonders in His name.  Nevertheless, public opinion was divided and there was nothing they could do about this fact.  I find myself in this same situation often as a pastor.  When we stand for Jesus, we oppose the dark side.  We can expect a war every time we preach the gospel.  We are truly making a difference in peoples' lives through Jesus Christ.  When we turn from materialism to the Holy Spirit, Satan loses and he simply doesn't like that!  We must be strong and fight the forces of evil that are so very real in our daily lives.  Today, stop and look at the miraculous works and wonders God has done in our lives.  Be careful.  Most of those very wonders will be overlooked by us.  When we get any kind of sickness and are healed, that is a miraculous wonder.  When we go through the day and our life is still intact, that is a miraculous wonder.  When God provides a church and a family of God for you to worship and fellowship with, that is certainly a miraculous wonder.  The problem is that all too often we don't recognize these "miracles" until they are gone.  When you go to worship tomorrow, rejoice in the church that you attend.  We need to ask ourselves if we are doing all we can to support our local New Testament Church with our time, talent and treasure.  Don't wait until the doors close and the lights don't come on to appreciate what Paul and Barnabas did.  Preaching the gospel message boldly each day is critical for both Jews and Gentiles.  Heed the warning before it is too late.  If you don't, you may arrive to worship and fellowship and find that your house of worship is for rent!  Rejoice in the "Wonders in Wonderland," and "Never Take God for Granted!"