Topic: Too Good To Be True [Thursday July 12, 2018]
“And it came to pass in Iconium, that they went both (Paul and Barnabas) together into the synagogue of the Jews, and so spake, that a great multitude both of the Jews and also of the Greeks believed.” Acts 14:1
They spoke! They preached! What were they preaching? They preached the good news- over the top, too good to be true good news. They preached the gospel that God has paid for their sins, He has paid for their sickness, He has paid for their disease and He has paid for their poverty. They preached that they were entitled to lay hold on their inheritance.
According to Acts 14:8: “And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet, a cripple from his mother’s womb who had never walked.” This man heard Paul speak. Paul looked at him perceiving that he had faith to be healed. Faith cometh by hearing. Paul was speaking and he knew; he saw the glow on the impotent man’s face. The man had been crippled since his birth, never walked, but the Word of God came alive and came with the spare part. He looked at him steadfastly and knew that he had faith to be healed. He said unto him in a loud voice, stand upright on your feet, and he leapt and walked. “When the people saw what Paul had done, they lifted their voices saying in the speech of Lycaonia, the gods are come down to us in the likeness of men” (Acts 14:11).
In Acts chapter 13, you will see the entire message that Paul preached. Paul traced the entire life of the Jews, and climaxed it in Acts 13:38 thus: “Be it known unto you, therefore, men and brethren that through this man (Jesus) is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins.” Praise God! All your sins have been forgiven and you can now boldly say: All my sins have been forgiven.
Further reading: Acts 13:14-38, Acts 14: 7-11
Daily Bible Reading: Morning- Psalms 4-6; Evening- Acts 17:16-34
Written by Dr. Mike Okonkwo; Is the Presiding Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM); a versatile man of God with over 30 years of dedicated service unto the Lord.