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Scripture: "Now it happened in Iconium that they went together to the synagogue of the Jews, and so spoke that a great multitude both of the Jews and of the Greeks believed. 2 But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brethren. 3 Therefore they stayed there a long time, speaking boldly in the Lord, who was bearing witness to the word of His grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands."

 Reflection: There were both Jews and Greeks that were responding to the Gospel that the disciples were preaching. In the midst of what was happening, Jews sought to "poison" those where were hearing the truth and causing them to turn "against" the disciples. But instead of leaving the situation behind, they "stayed there a long time" and didn't just quietly go about sharing the Gospel, they did so "boldly" and incredible authenticating signs were brought about through them.

Application: We should not be surprised when we face opposition. We should pray for abundant and plentiful results, but not be shocked when others step in to try to overturn what has been planted. Instead of giving up, let us press on and continue to share "boldly" as these early disciples did and continue to proclaim the life-changing message of the Gospel and it just may be that God will supernaturally bring about the growth that only He can produce.

The New King James Version. (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), Acts 14:1-3.

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