Paul and his companions were changing the world. From city to city they were preaching the Gospel, reasoning with the spiritual leaders and watching men and women come to faith. Amazingly, however, the enemy was equally tenacious. In each city, the religious leadership was not happy with the impact Paul and Silas were having. They went out into the communities and raised the rabble of the town to protest and riot against the preaching of Christ and its transformative affect.
It was ironic that the enemy was backed by the “religious folk”. They were seeking out those with whom they would never associate to start violence and disruption when their lives and teaching were all about order and rules. Spiritual warfare brings out the best in the faithful and the worst in the enemies of God. Still, in the midst of the daily battles, the church was thriving and growing in every community where Jesus was preached.
In our current culture, warfare is at a peak. The enemy is seemingly carrying the day and the hope of revival among those in our nation seems to be dimming. As the Church, we have to get back on our knees and cry out for God’s healing and restoration. We need to seek his grace and mercy and turn the ship to come into alignment with his plan. We must be wary of the religious folk and their attempts to water down the truth of faith. We can lead a movement that will bring Christ back to the forefront of our thinking. But, even if that does not happen, we must battle on to the end knowing that Christ has won the war already and we are saved by his grace and carried by his power. We will be like Him and we will not be left to lose the war.
God Bless You
When Paul and his companions had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a Jewish synagogue. 2 As was his custom, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, 3 explaining and proving that the Messiah had to suffer and rise from the dead. “This Jesus I am proclaiming to you is the Messiah,” he said. 4 Some of the Jews were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a large number of God-fearing Greeks and quite a few prominent women.5 But other Jews were jealous; so they rounded up some bad characters from the marketplace, formed a mob and started a riot in the city. They rushed to Jason’s house in search of Paul and Silas in order to bring them out to the crowd. 6 But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some other believers before the city officials, shouting: “These men who have caused trouble all over the world have now come here, 7 and Jason has welcomed them into his house. They are all defying Caesar’s decrees, saying that there is another king, one called Jesus.” 8 When they heard this, the crowd and the city officials were thrown into turmoil. 9 Then they made Jason and the others post bond and let them go. 10 As soon as it was night, the believers sent Paul and Silas away to Berea. On arriving there, they went to the Jewish synagogue. 11 Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. 12 As a result, many of them believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men.