Today is the 8th day of reading the Books of the Bible New Testament for the Community Bible Experience. So far, this has been a great journey as our church reads through the New Testament together. The thing that is exciting is that last week, there were so many other churches starting at the same time that it crashed the site that was providing the daily readings online. So, if you are following along, know that there are thousands of people reading along with you! This morning, I read about half of today's reading and noticed the boldness that the Holy Spirit gave to believers.
Paul and Barnabas were sent to preach the truth of Jesus to other areas, and they found themselves in cities around Greece. Even though they were still a part of the Roman Empire at this time, the Gentiles still worshiped the Greek gods. What I noticed was that it really didn't matter who they were talking to, Paul and Barnabas was going to face opposition. Either they faced opposition from the Jews, or they faced opposition from the Gentiles who worshiped Greek gods. At certain times, both groups of people joined together to persecute Paul and Barnabas. But that opposition never stopped them! Even after being stoned and left for dead, Paul got up and went back into the city and began preaching in Derbe the next day.
But the thing that we need to remember that it wasn't out of their humanness that this persistence was found; it was from the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit gave them the boldness and wisdom to know what to say in every situation. When we are doing what God wants us to do, it is important to remember that it is not in our own strength and power that we do it, but it is through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Where does your strength come from?