October 24, 2017: SOAP #2882: Job 15; Acts 19-20 Scripture:  Acts (NIV) 19:8 Paul entered the synagogue and spoke boldly there for three months, arguing persuasively about the kingdom of God. 9 But some of them became obstinate; they refused to believe and publicly maligned the Way. So, Paul left them. He took the disciples [...]

October 24, 2017: SOAP #2882: Job 15; Acts 19-20

Scripture:  Acts (NIV) 19:8 Paul entered the synagogue and spoke boldly there for three months, arguing persuasively about the kingdom of God. 9 But some of them became obstinate; they refused to believe and publicly maligned the Way. So, Paul left them. He took the disciples with him and had discussions daily in the lecture hall of Tyrannus. 10 This went on for two years, so that all the Jews and Greeks who lived in the province of Asia heard the word of the Lord.

Observation:   The door of ministry in the synagogue was closing so Paul looked for another.   He found it in a lecture hall.   Obviously, God's blessings were upon Paul and the ministry for in two years everyone living in the province of Asia had been reached with the gospel.   Verse 12 says God did 'extra-ordinary miracles' through Paul.

Paul did not see opposition as an indication that his time in Ephesus was finished.   He looked for an open door and continued ministering to the people.

Application:   I need to be careful at how I look at opposition.   Opposition may cause me to look for another open a door.   If I run, I may miss future years of fruitful ministry.

Prayer:     Holy Spirit, guide me.   Help me see opposition through your eyes.  Amen

Pastor Leon
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