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Understanding the Battle (Acts 13:45-51)



Gearl Spicer Gearl Spicer, February 23, 2020
Part of the Resolute Life - Living the Vision series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

Acts 13:45-51

45But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming. 46Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles. 47For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth. 48And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed. 49And the word of the Lord was published throughout all the region. 50But the Jews stirred up the devout and honourable women, and the chief men of the city, and raised persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them out of their coasts. 51But they shook off the dust of their feet against them, and came unto Iconium. (KJV)

Sermon Notes

Resolute Life - Live the Vision
Understanding the Battle
Acts 13:45-51
2/23/20

*How would you describe your last spiritual battle?

*Battles affirm our faith and direct our actions!

“But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with
Jealousy and began to contradict the things spoke by Paul,
And were blaspheming.” vs. 45

“…but they shook off the dust of their feet in protest against them
And went to Iconium. And the disciples were continually filled with joy
And with the Holy Spirit.” v. 51-52

*Conflict is inevitable in the spiritual realm!

*We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the
Knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience
Of Christ.” II Cor. 10:5

Strategic thoughts -
*Be aware of the adversary
*Prepare for action
*Never surrender ground

Lesson #1- Be alert to issues—vs.45-46
A. Initial reaction changed due to circumstances
B. Confrontation was not optional in light of the battle

Lesson #2 - Accept responsibility to His commands—v.47
A. Gospel is not exclusive, it is empowering light
B. Limitations must be confronted in love

Lessons #3 - Key to victory is God’s Word—v.48-49
A. Authority comes through His promises
B. Expansion is impacted by proclamation

Lesson #4 - Our responses must be centered in wisdom—v.50-52
A. Persecution validated purpose
B. “shook the dust” opened the door to the future
C. God supersedes every issue

Are you ready for the battle?

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