Read this passage of scripture. See if you can pinpoint the problem and the consequences.
- They traveled through the whole island until they came to Paphos. There they met a Jewish sorcerer and false prophet named Bar-Jesus,
- Who was an attendant of the proconsul, Sergius Paulus? The proconsul, an intelligent man, sent for Barnabas and Saul because he wanted to hear the word of God.
- But Elymas the sorcerer (for that is what his name means) opposed them and tried to turn the proconsul from the faith.
- Then Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked straight at Elymas and said,
- “You are a child of the devil and an enemy of everything that is right! You are full of all kinds of deceit and trickery. Will you never stop perverting the right ways of the Lord?
- Now the hand of the Lord is against you. You are going to be blind for a time, not even able to see the light of the sun. “Immediately mist and darkness came over him, and he groped about, seeking someone to lead him by the hand.
- When the proconsul saw what had happened, he believed, for he was amazed at the teaching about the Lord. (Acts 12:6-12, NIV)
Here is the lesson. Beware preventing someone else from meeting Jesus.
- Do not be a sorcerer or a false prophet. (Verse 6)
- Never try to turn someone from the faith! (Verse 8)
- The Holy Spirit gives people the courage to speak the truth. (Verse 10)
- The Holy Spirit knows what you are really like! (Verse 10)
- There are always consequences. (Acts 12:11)
- Eventually, God will get his way. (Acts 12:12)
Prayer- Dear Lord, never let us stand between another person and their salvation. Amen.
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