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At Iconium Paul and Barnabas went as usual into the Jewish synagogue. There they spoke so effectively that a great number of Jews and Greeks believed. But the Jews who refused to believe stirred up the other Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brothers. So Paul and Barnabas spent considerable time there, speaking BOLDLY for the Lord, who confirmed the message of His grace by enabling them to perform signs and wonders. The people of the city were divided; some sided with the Jews, others with the apostles. There was a plot afoot among both Gentiles and Jews, together with their leaders, to mistreat them and stone them.Acts 14:1-5
Everyone heard the word of the Lord. Some of them answered the call of God, but the others were STIRRED UP against it. The question today is: whose voice are you listening to?
There are many voices in this world that can influence people. Since many Christians don’t read their bibles consistently, they tend to believe things that go contrary to the word of God, and are quicker to compromise on fundamental issues that face our society today. Today, many people claim to be Christians, but their worldview is in conflict of their profession.
Some believe in “certain” types of abortion, are on the fence about homosexual lifestyles, and simply friendly with certain kinds of sin.
When the Holy Spirit gets a hold on you and dwells in you, you cannot live comfortably in sin, nor will you be willing to support anything sinful. Nobody’s perfect! True, but when you are in Christ you are set apart and made new. We cannot LIVE in sin any longer.
Let’s be real
if you listen to the voices of this world and neglect the voice of God -how will you be influenced? You will begin to get STIRRED UP and poisoned against the word of God. The deceitfulness of sin, the comfort of routine, and the pleasures of life will begin to steer you away from God’s purpose and His plan. Other people who are disciplining themselves will cause you to become embittered against them, because of the light that is exposing the darkness in your life.
“If the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness?”- Jesus.
How are you being STIRRED UP?
Are you being stirred up in a negative way, listening to Wendy Williams, the talk, the view, CBS just to name a few? Or, rather are you being STIRRED UP in the word of God, allowing the Holy Spirit to fill you up in such a way that you won’t allow the voices and ideas of this world to poison your mind?
Don’t be persuaded to reject God’s word as evil. Don’t be intimidated by those who heap abuse at your faith – you stand on the foundations of your faith in the face of opposition. But, if you don’t know what the bible says, then you have no foundation to stand on. Study the bible to show yourself approved. As Christians we are not called to be pushed back and ran over, nor are we called to fight in the same way that the world does.
“For though we live in the flesh, we do not wage war according to the flesh. The weapons of our warfare are not the weapons of this world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5)
We are called to stand CHRISTIAN, and after having done all to stand, STAND! (Ephesians 6)
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