They Will Want What You Have – Acts 13:4,9-12

“So Barnabas and Saul were sent out by the Holy Spirit…Saul, also known as Paul, was filled with the Holy Spirit, and he looked the sorcerer in the eye…Then he said….the Lord has laid his hand of punishment upon you, and you will be struck blind…When the governor saw what had happened, he became a believer, for he was astonished at the teaching about the Lord.” (Acts 13:4,9-12, NLT)

Barnabas and Paul’s first missionary journey was undertaken by the leading and in the power the Holy Spirit.

Landing in the town of Salamis on the eastern end of Cyprus, they went to the Jewish synagogues where the Jews could hear and respond to the gospel message. They would also meet converts to Judaism and spiritually hungry Gentiles who were sometimes described as “God-fearers.”

At Paphos there was a power struggle with a false prophet. As a result, the power of God was manifested causing the Roman governor to become a believer and follower of Christ.

When the Roman governor saw the power of God manifested through Paul and Barnabas, he wanted what they had…and became a Christian.

Your most powerful witness for Christ isn’t necessarily the testimony of the words you speak but the example you set by the life you live–your actions and behavior! 

Because, when the Spirit of Christ, the Holy Spirit, dwells in you, then you are empowered to walk in the Spirit and be guided by the Spirit, and people will be drawn to God because they will want what you have!

“Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit. “ (1 Corinthians 2:4, NLT)

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