Acts 13:5-12 (NLT) 5 There, in the town of Salamis, they went to the Jewish synagogues and preached the word of God. John Mark went with them as their assistant. 6 Afterward they traveled from town to town across the entire island until finally they reached Paphos, where they met a Jewish sorcerer, a false prophet named Bar-Jesus. 7 He had attached himself to the governor, Sergius Paulus, who was an intelligent man. The governor invited Barnabas and Saul to visit him, for he wanted to hear the word of God. 8 But Elymas, the sorcerer (as his name means in Greek), interfered and urged the governor to pay no attention to what Barnabas and Saul said. He was trying to keep the governor from believing. 9 Saul, also known as Paul, was filled with the Holy Spirit, and he looked the sorcerer in the eye. 10 Then he said, “You son of the devil, full of every sort of deceit and fraud, and enemy of all that is good! Will you never stop perverting the true ways of the Lord? 11 Watch now, for the Lord has laid his hand of punishment upon you, and you will be struck blind. You will not see the sunlight for some time.” Instantly mist and darkness came over the man’s eyes, and he began groping around begging for someone to take his hand and lead him. 12 When the governor saw what had happened, he became a believer, for he was astonished at the teaching about the Lord.
When we choose to set out and follow the leading of the Spirit…cool stuff happens. In this case, an important dude came to Christ, all because a believer in Christ choose to allow the gifts of the Spirit to flow through him. Paul had the Gift of Discerning of Spirits operating and the Gift of Miracles. First, he discerned through the Spirit, the demon operating within Elymas and then through the outworking of the Gift of Miracles, the dude was struck blind. The Gifts of the Spirit display the power of God and when that occurs…people will get delivered, healed, set free, encouraged, strengthened and saved. And personally, I think our society could use a heavy dose of some of that. Let’s then continue to learn about the Spirit of God and give way to Him in our lives.