Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Acts 18 are we ever alone?

Acts 18: 9 One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. 10 For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.” 11 So Paul stayed in Corinth for a year and a half, teaching them the word of God.

12 While Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews of Corinth made a united attack on Paul and brought him to the place of judgment. 13 “This man,” they charged, “is persuading the people to worship God in ways contrary to the law.”

14 Just as Paul was about to speak, Gallio said to them, “If you Jews were making a complaint about some misdemeanor or serious crime, it would be reasonable for me to listen to you. 15 But since it involves questions about words and names and your own law—settle the matter yourselves. I will not be a judge of such things.” 16 So he drove them off. 17 Then the crowd there turned on Sosthenes the synagogue leader and beat him in front of the proconsul; and Gallio showed no concern whatever.


2Kings 6: 15 When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked.

16 “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”

17 And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, LORD, so that he may see.” Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

Paul had word and Elisha had vision. God has his angels all around us fighting for us. Not only that but God has his people placed in strategic locations for the benefit of the Gospel. I can't imagine the shot in the arm it gave Elisha's servant to look out and see the armies of God. We tend to think of these people as brave but Elisha and Paul didn't have to be brave. They had the knowledge and visions from God that their enemies never had a chance. It would be so awesome to have that portion of the Holy Spirit. I keep praying for my portion to be increased and multiplied. See, there is knowledge and you get that by studying. You can know everything there is to about the Bible and never have an experience with God. There is faith. You can have faith in God and Jesus and be a true believer saved. I would say that 80% of Christians are here. I'm not knocking this place because we usually land here first. Just believe. Then we slowly start getting conviction to know God's word. So we start studying and learning. Usually it's around here that we really start to notice the people that God has just kicked in the butt. Like Ryan, Larry Ballard, Ken Page, Pam Jenkins, Ricky, Benny, Cameron, etc. We start believing that all we have to do is study and believe more and we'll somehow rise to their level of faith and works. What we're missing IS the Kick in the Butt from God. That's his Holy Spirit. Without the Spirit the bible reading will be a chore. The thing is... the Holy Spirit is a gift from God. It's not something you can get by studying or believing. Some pray for years before receiving it. Some don't even pray for it and it falls when they first believe. I do know that from reading in Kings that Elisha asked God for a double portion of the Spirit that Elijah had. So don't be afraid to ask God for a double portion of what Elisha had. Will you get it? Only God knows... Elisha got it and could literally see the armies of God. Imagine how unhindered your walk with the Lord would be if you could heal and see the presence of God all around us. It's something we tend to drown out. I believe it would change you forever into an amazing warrior for God. Well, I went off topic I think, but I guess it needed typing. Anyway, God has people and angels all around us so we should be extra bold for him.

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