Paul begins, as always, in the synagogue, as Luke tells us in Verse 8:
“So Paul entered the synagogue and spoke out fearlessly for three months, addressing and convincing them about the kingdom of God. But when some were stubborn and refused to believe, reviling the Way before the congregation, he left them and took the disciples with him, addressing them every day in the lecture hall of Tyrannus. This went on for two years, so that all who lived in the province of Asia, both Jews and Greeks, heard the word of the Lord.
“God was performing extraordinary miracles by Paul’s hands, so that when even handkerchiefs or aprons that had touched his body were brought to the sick, their diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them” —Acts 19:8-12
What a remarkable account! You notice that Paul began, as he always did, with the weapon of truth. And I tell you what, if you have “Truth” in your arsenal, you have it made! And Paul spoke in the synagogue concerning the kingdom of God, i.e., God’s rule over the hearts of men and his desire to bless them and fulfill them and to lead them into the place that he had originally intended man to be, a station of dominion and authority under the control and sovereignty of God. This kingdom of God, Paul said, had come with the coming of Jesus Christ, and it was opposed to the rule of Satan.
Wherever the gospel went it found men locked into the authority of the kingdom of Satan. The powers of darkness reigned in human affairs. That’s why human history is the checkered account of man’s struggles to be free from that which he can’t free himself. It’s this rule of darkness, this authority of the kingdom of Satan, which the kingdom of God in Christ challenges. This is what Paul was preaching in the synagogue.
This is so important for you to grasp. No one—I will repeat that: NO ONE is more powerful than Yehoveh, the God of creation. No one can compete; no world philosophy; no world religion. There is no one like Yehoveh. I’m telling you that and will shout it from the rooftops. Yehoveh is bigger than any problem or circumstance you can face!
Jump over to Psalm 18:
“He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters.
“He rescued me [Listen to this part] from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me.
“They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the LORD was my support.
“He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me” —Psalm 18:16-19
Our Father wants to rescue you because he “delights” in you. “He,” only “He” can do it. Not some self-help book; not the next-door neighbor; not a special tape someone gave you. He may use those a tools to accomplish his deliverance, but He is the one who rescues—“He” will rescue you. “From my powerful enemy, from my foes who were too strong for me.!” Are you facing foes who are too strong for you? Well, I hate to ask this . . . but is your stronghold bigger than your God? Well I pray that your Father will rise up and rip off those blinders so you can see that He IS bigger, grander, more powerful than any stronghold you may face! “. . . for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth” (Revelations 19:6).
Well I just preached myself happy again . . .
Okay, tomorrow we will get back to our story.
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