A Thought for Today – July 4, 2020

“If the Lord is Working in Your Like, Expect Resistance “

You might think well this is an odd thought. I thought the Lord God can handle anyone, including Satan.
Well, you are right, He can. But Satan doesn’t know this. In his mind, he is more powerful than the Lord God. He is not.
He is more powerful than us and he loves to bring mayhem into our lives.
In this scripture passage, the ministry of the Body of Christ is just getting started. See if you can spot wiley old Satan.

Please read the following verses. Acts 13:1-12
1 In the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. 2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”
3 So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.
4 The two of them, sent on their way by the Holy Spirit, went down to Seleucia and sailed from there to Cyprus. 5 When they arrived at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the Jewish synagogues. John was with them as their helper.
6 They traveled through the whole island until they came to Paphos. There they met a Jewish sorcerer and false prophet named Bar-Jesus, 7 who was an attendant of the proconsul, Sergius Paulus. The proconsul, an intelligent man, sent for Barnabas and Saul because he wanted to hear the word of God.
8 But Elymas the sorcerer (for that is what his name means) opposed them and tried to turn the proconsul from the faith.
9 Then Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked straight at Elymas and said, 10 “You are a child of the devil and an enemy of everything that is right! You are full of all kinds of deceit and trickery. Will you never stop perverting the right ways of the Lord? 11 Now the hand of the Lord is against you. You are going to be blind, and for a time you will be unable to see the light of the sun.”
Immediately mist and darkness came over him, and he groped about, seeking someone to lead him by the hand. 12 When the proconsul saw what had happened, he believed, for he was amazed at the teaching about the Lord.

Well, I am sure you found Satan, working within Elymas, trying to interfere with the work of the Lord being carried out by Paul and Barnabas. Remember, when you work for the Lord, you are working against Satan. Expect him to try to confuse, frustrate, and discourage you.
And when that happens, remember 1 John 4:4 You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

Be Blessed, Be a Blessing.

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