Day 36 – Cool things occur when the Holy Spirit shows up

Acts 13:5-12 (NLT)

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.

It’s so cool being connected to the Holy Spirit, because demons don’t stand a chance against a Holy Spirit-Filled believer. Saul and Barnabas were fairly new Christians and had only recently been filled with the Spirit, yet, powerful works were being done through them via the ministry of the Holy Spirit. This is the Joy of a Spirit-Filled Life that astonishing things occur all around you. And another cool thing is, as a result of the work of the Holy Spirit, the Governor gave his life to Christ. Let’s then expect the Spirit of God to work in and through us in the days ahead.