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Saturday, August 25, 2012

A Messenger of Victory

"Now the Lord spoke to Paul in the night by a vision, "Do not be afraid, but speak, and do not keep silent." (Acts 18:9)

Corinth was a difficult place to live, especially for a believer. It was a port city, one that embraced visitors and businessmen from all over the known world. Along with an atmosphere of open commerce, was a very liberal view of religion. Paganism and cult worship were common practices.

Warren Wiersbe writes, "Corinthians reputation for wickedness was known all over the Roman Empire. Money and vice, along with strange philosophies and new religions, came to Corinth and found a home there."

God is not afraid to send His messengers to places where evil abounds. These are the very places the gospel message is needed. Therefore, God sent Paul to Corinth, but the ministry was under tremendous attack. The conversion of Crispus, a well-known Jewish leader, was the evidence that Paul needed to continue preaching God's message of truth. We must never abandon the post God has given us.

In Acts 18, the Lord spoke to Paul through a dream, encouraging him not to let fear hold him back from speaking (verses 9-10). This was just the encouragement that Paul needed, and it is the same encouragement He has for you.

God is aware of your situation. Take courage and be full of hope. His truth will be taught or spoken. You are his messenger to those who need it most, and you will be victorious in your labors.

Lord, let me be a light in darkness, bringing the message of the gospel to those who need it most. Amen

~Charles Stanley~

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