Putting God's Word into Practice…

Acts 19:1-20 Overcoming Opposition

on July 18, 2012

Human Opposition.  Paul was teaching boldly about Jesus and the Kingdom of God, and people were being persuaded.  As usual, some refused to believe and tried to stir up trouble for Paul–maligning all followers of Jesus in the midst of the people.  Paul withdrew from them but continued daily teaching for two more years until all the residents of Asia heard the Word of the Lord.

Spiritual Opposition.  The Holy Spirit was working powerful signs and miracles through Paul’s surrendered life.  Seven magicians attempted to invoke the name of Jesus to throw out evil spirits.  One evil spirit said, “Jesus I know, Paul I recognize, but who are you?” The evil spirit proceeded to beat up and send the seven men fleeing naked and wounded.  (I wonder if Christ’s activity through my life is recognizable to the enemy or if I’m just a joke.)  The fear of the Lord overtook the people and they were changed.  The Word of the Lord increased and prevailed mightily.

So how do we, as followers of Jesus, overcome opposition?  Through the power of the Holy Spirit, the proclamation of the Word of the Lord, and faith in the name of Jesus Christ as Lord.

We see several visible results of the power of God’s Word and the name of Jesus

  1. The name of Jesus was praised/extolled.
  2. Sins were publicly confessed.
  3. Sinful practices were obliterated.
  4. Sin lost it’s value–going from treasure to trash.
  5. Word continued to go forth in power.

Whatever opposition we are facing, God is enough!  We will overcome through the name of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit.  Like the author of this book, we need to be quick to attribute the victories to God and give Him the glory and to elevate the authority and potency of the Word.


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