The Devil Is Going to Do What The Devil Is Going to Do.

John 10:10  The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

What contrasting mission statements.  One is wholeheartedly negative and destructive.  The other equally positive and filled with hope. 

I've been studying the book of Acts for some time now, and it always amazes me how Paul and his companions would face a new city a new mission field with faith and persistence.

Acts 17  - Paul and Silas in Berea
10 The brothers 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. 14 Then the brothers immediately sent Paul off on his way to the sea, but Silas and Timothy remained there. 15 Those who conducted Paul brought him as far as Athens, and after receiving a command for Silas and Timothy to come to him as soon as possible, they departed.

Here's how it works.  

Paul and company arrive in a new town.  They go to a synagogue.  They teach the Good News about Jesus.  People will convert and follow Christ.  Some Jews get mad, tell lies or hire someone to tell lies about Paul and said company.  Authorities are called in.  Paul and company are jailed, whipped, stoned and run out of town.  

Rinse and repeat in the next town.  Satan would stop their work again and again.  Now have you ever asked yourself - Why did they keep doing that, knowing what was going to happen?  

Have you ever asked yourself why you keep putting faith in Jesus?  Why do you keep going to church?  Why do you continue serving in the nursery or kids ministry?  Why? 

Paul knew this, his companions knew this, the church understood this.  Here it is. 

Any ground gained for the cause of Christ will create a future for the Gospel.  

Isa 55:1  so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

God's Word never fails.  Paul knew that the seed they had planted would grow into a church.  A group of people who were filled with the Holy Spirit empowered to serve others in Jesus name. 

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, sometimes I feel like I am getting nowhere.  But empower me to continue believing and serving other for You.  AMEN