As God revealed his mission to the church, the church, after prayer and fasting simply followed God as he led. The result was the church’s growth in Europe and Asia. It started out with Elders like Barnabas, young fire bands like Paul and youthful assistants like John Mark.
The Mission was to trust God and share the gospel of hope to anyone that would listen. The team set out after much prayer to the Island of Cypress. There they spread the gospel to all that would listen up to and including the Proconsul–Governor of Cypress. In the attempt, Paul and Barnabas encountered great opposition from the Governor’s personal assistant. God used the trial to establish his power and to end the conflict. The assistant was blinded and the Governor was led to Christ. It was a turning point in the churches growth in the journey.
In our personal journey, we have to bathe our steps in prayer and then trust God to guide and direct. As we do we will encounter trial and opposition that will many times seem overwhelming. If we are willing to stay the course, and trust God to do the work–the impact could be amazing and world changing. There is simply no way of knowing the spirit’s plan or power to do his mission. There is a plethora of history, however, that shows God will complete his plan in a way that is dramatic and complete. All we must do is trust him and follow his lead.
God Bless You
1 Now 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.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.”
So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.
The two of them, sent on their way by the Holy Spirit, went down to Seleucia and sailed from there to Cyprus.
When they arrived at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the Jewish synagogues. John was with them as their helper.
They traveled through the whole island until they came to Paphos. There they met a Jewish sorcerer and false prophet named Bar-Jesus,
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.
But Elymas the sorcerer for that is what his name means opposed them and tried to turn the proconsul from the faith.
Then Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked straight at Elymas and said,
“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?
Now the hand of the Lord is against you. You are going to be blind for a time, not even able 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.
When the proconsul saw what had happened, he believed, for he was amazed at the teaching about the Lord.
24 But the word of God continued to spread and flourish.