Happy Days

But the Jews stirred up the devout and prominent women and the chief men of the city, and stirred up a persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and threw them out of their borders. But they shook off the dust of their feet against them, and came to Iconium. The disciples were filled with joy with the Holy Spirit. Acts 13:50 WEB

As Paul and Barnabas preached, many people believed, but sometimes entire towns threw them out. They did not let it get to them, but shook it off, and went on to the next town. During all of this rejection, Luke wrote ‘The disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.’ Their joy did not come from their circumstances, but from their relationship with God.

Paul later wrote ‘Not that I speak in respect to lack, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content in it. I know how to be humbled, and I know also how to abound’ (Philippians 4:11). Paul concentrated on the invisible and eternal knowing that God was in control of His situation. His mind was fixed on Jesus, and that is where his strength came from (v13).

Once after Paul and Silas were beaten and thrown into prison, they were praying and singing hymns to God, when there was an earthquake and everyone’s chains fell off (Acts 16:25). Peace, joy, and contentment, were a lifestyle for them.

The rest is at: http://www.refreshinghope.org/q.php?q=Happy%20Days&a=print

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