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Acts 17 Part 1–Standing Firm in Battle

The message did not change.  Paul went to Thessalonica and began preaching in the Synagogue. They were not being rude or unreasonable.  They were pointing out fulfilled prophecy and God on Mission.  Many were persuaded.  But the Jewish leaders, ever so righteous, gathered the bullies and thugs in Town to attack Paul, Silas, and Luke.  Fortunately, they were moved out and onto Berea.  But their host, Jason was harassed and imprisoned.  He was able to make bail and was released.  The team preached in Berea, many were saved and yet, when the men in Thessalonica heard of the success , they headed to Berea to raise another ruckus!

The enemies of our Lord are relentless.  Often time, those that follow the Lord think they should simply back off and not raise a fuss as that is the “Christian thing to do.”  That simply does not meet Biblical proof.  The Bible is filled with warriors that fought the status quo so that the Gospel would be preached.  We are in a time when the world would have us believe we have reached post Christian era.  Christ is obsolete and the Church antiquated. 

Still, when the world shows its strength it quickly turns to chaos and complete disarray.  The Church, when it quits cowering before public opinion, starts to fill the void people have failed to fill with every other possible means.  After the recent election, Kirk Cameron held a 100-day campfire revival on Facebook live.  It was a look at the constitution and the Republic from a spiritual perspective.  Many thought it would ruin Cameron, but instead it drew an average of 17K folks from all parts of the country and all walks of life.

We must not walk away from spiritual battles.  We must stand firm and speak clearly as we testify to the power of Christ.  Paul said it best in Romans 1:16, “I am not ashamed of the Gospel, it is the power of God unto salvation for anyone who would believe.”  Expect battles if we live for the Lord.  With the battle, also expect the Lord to provide the power to withstand the fight.  Christians that have stood firm in battle have changed the world.  We should never forget who is in charge and follow God closely.  

God Bless You

Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ.” And some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a great many of the devout Greeks and not a few of the leading women. But the Jews[a] were jealous, and taking some wicked men of the rabble, they formed a mob, set the city in an uproar, and attacked the house of Jason, seeking to bring them out to the crowd. And when they could not find them, they dragged Jason and some of the brothers before the city authorities, shouting, “These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also, and Jason has received them, and they are all acting against the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, Jesus.” And the people and the city authorities were disturbed when they heard these things. And when they had taken money as security from Jason and the rest, they let them go.

Paul and Silas in Berea

10 The brothers[b] immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. 11 Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. 12 Many of them therefore believed, with not a few Greek women of high standing as well as men. 13 But when the Jews from Thessalonica learned that the word of God was proclaimed by Paul at Berea also, they came there too, agitating and stirring up the crowds.


This is an amazing Journey. I hope you will hear from the Lord, as you seek Him with your heart. Matthew 6:33

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