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Acts 13:9-12 GW But Saul, also known as Paul, was filled with the Holy Spirit. He stared at Elymas and said, "You are full of dirty tricks and schemes, you son of the devil! You hate everything that has God's approval. Quit trying to distort the truth about the way the Lord wants people to live. The Lord is against you now. For a while you will be blind, unable to see the light of day." Suddenly, Elymas couldn't see a thing. He tried to find people to lead him. When the governor saw what had happened, he believed. The Lord's teachings amazed him.
Paul didn't mince words or seek to soften the truth. He certainly wasn't "politically correct." Paul didn't let fear keep him from speaking truth firmly and forthrightly.
And the governor turned to the Lord, because Paul spoke the truth and showed God's power.
Are we afraid to truly let God work in and through us because we fear what others will think, we fear what God might actually do, or we really don't trust in God's Word or His goodness?
If we claim His name, can we do less than trust and obey? Only then will we, like Paul, see lives changed.
Jesus, help me trust and not be afraid. Help me listen to Your voice and step out in faith when You speak. Amen.