May 5th, 2017
Persecution Surges Against Truth
Acts 13:50-51 (KJB) But the Jews stirred up the devout and honourable women, and the chief men of the city, and raised persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them out of their coasts. 51 But they shook off the dust of their feet against them, and came unto Iconium.
Paul was intimately familiar with persecution. He faced tough circumstances while upholding the name of Jesus Christ again and again. It was inspired by God to be noted in 2 Timothy 3:11 that Paul faced spiritual oppression “at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra…” potentially the coasts of cities mentioned in this verse in the book of Acts.
Well known or significant women who reside in these towns, along with men who occupied positions of authority, organized a rally of sorts pitting themselves against Paul. It was made well-known that it was not acceptable to cater to or accommodate the beliefs and words found offensive which was freely spoken of by Paul.
Likely, these truths Paul introduced came clashing against their own dark desires to feed their flesh. They did not want to feed their spiritual nature with truths of God because it was more palatable for them to silence the Truth at any cost than to allow these truths to infuse and impeded upon their environment.
Paul and his men chose to leave, even wiping the dust of this area off their feet, and moving on to the next area God placed upon their heart.
The spiritual environment has not changed since ancient biblical times. There are places and people who will resort to strong measures to prevent broadcasting of the Truth of God. God always has a place for the man and woman of God to testify of Him. Sometimes, like Paul, the chosen messenger must face trials and persecution, seek safety, or even flee an area not open and willing to hear God’s Word.
The Bible tells us in Isaiah 55:11 that God’s Truth will prosper wherever and however God deems necessary. Do not be down, discouraged or disheartened as you face times of trials and persecutions when sowing seeds of God’s Truth.