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"strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God. "
Acts 14:1 Now at Ico'nium they entered together into the Jewish synagogue, and so spoke that a great company believed, both of Jews and of Greeks.
Acts 14:2 But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brethren.
Acts 14:3 So they remained for a long time, speaking boldly for the Lord, who bore witness to the word of his grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands.
Acts 14:4 But the people of the city were divided; some sided with the Jews, and some with the apostles.
Acts 14:5 When an attempt was made by both Gentiles and Jews, with their rulers, to molest them and to stone them,
Acts 14:6 they learned of it and fled to Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycao'nia, and to the surrounding country;
Acts 14:7 and there they preached the gospel.
Acts 14:8 Now at Lystra there was a man sitting, who could not use his feet; he was a cripple from birth, who had never walked.
Acts 14:9 He listened to Paul speaking; and Paul, looking intently at him and seeing that he had faith to be made well,
Acts 14:10 said in a loud voice, "Stand upright on your feet." And he sprang up and walked.
Acts 14:11 And when the crowds saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in Lycao'nian, "The gods have come down to us in the likeness of men!"
Acts 14:12 Barnabas they called Zeus, and Paul, because he was the chief speaker, they called Hermes.
Acts 14:13 And the priest of Zeus, whose temple was in front of the city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates and wanted to offer sacrifice with the people.
Acts 14:14 But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of it, they tore their garments and rushed out among the multitude, crying,
Acts 14:15 "Men, why are you doing this? We also are men, of like nature with you, and bring you good news, that you should turn from these vain things to a living God who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them.
Acts 14:16 In past generations he allowed all the nations to walk in their own ways;
Acts 14:17 yet he did not leave himself without witness, for he did good and gave you from heaven rains and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness."
Acts 14:18 With these words they scarcely restrained the people from offering sacrifice to them.
Acts 14:19 But Jews came there from Antioch and Ico'nium; and having persuaded the people, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing that he was dead.
Acts 14:20 But when the disciples gathered about him, he rose up and entered the city; and on the next day he went on with Barnabas to Derbe.
Acts 14:21 When they had preached the gospel to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Ico'nium and to Antioch,
Acts 14:22 strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.
Acts 14:23 And when they had appointed elders for them in every church, with prayer and fasting they committed them to the Lord in whom they believed.
Acts 14:24 Then they passed through Pisid'ia, and came to Pamphyl'ia.
Acts 14:25 And when they had spoken the word in Perga, they went down to Attali'a;
Acts 14:26 and from there they sailed to Antioch, where they had been commended to the grace of God for the work which they had fulfilled.
Acts 14:27 And when they arrived, they gathered the church together and declared all that God had done with them, and how he had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles.
Acts 14:28 And they remained no little time with the disciples.

He didn't promise troubles wouldn't come,but He did promise He would see us thru. Trials prepare us and build character and strenghtens our faith. Have a blessed day.

NOTHING worthwhile is EASY!!!!

Has anyone read a scripture like this that seems perfectly tailored to you for exactly when you are reading it?

I'm learning that people need daily prayer. You can't control your circumstances, but you can control your reactions to them.

As Christians we need each other for encouragement to keep on going for Christ! We will face troubles and tribulations in this world, Jesus Himself told us this many times throughout Scripture. This world hated Him and as His followers it will hate us as well, but we are to keep our eye on the goal which is to obey Him and His Word by telling those around us of God's great love for them which He demonstrated by sending Jesus to die for their sins.
What a privilege to be called children of God! We will suffer some rejection for being such, but His Holy Spirit will give us the strength, peace, and even joy we need to persevere for Christ! :)

D hardships we xperience,d trials dat we face,will teach us dat we're strongest when we r trusting in GOD's grace...

We all make mistakes or are placed in hard situations. It is so easy to stop having faith at that time in life and try to fix our problems ourselves. But, turning to GOD for the answers, and following GOD is the key to getting through it. He didn't promise troubles wouldn't come, but He did promise He would see us thru.... Trials prepare us and build character and strenghtens our faith... Have a blessed day.

- Paul had just been beaten and left for dead by certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium for preaching the Gospel in Lystria. The disciples gathered around him and he arose. I do believe they stood around him and prayed and God raised him up. Whatever the case they all knew there was a rough road ahead for all who believed in Jesus as the Son of God and that He was the only Way to God. We as true Believers today are facing rough times ahead. Many in our own God-founded nation are developing laws that dis-allow Christians the same rights and privileges to gather, pray, or observe an open public acknowledgement of our God. Yet how much more do they allow the same and even encourage the same for those of "other" faiths. This is a prophecy for those persecuted Believers in the growth of the Church found in Acts and it is for us today as the Church Age closes just before the Tribulation begins. Believers, prepare your hearts to face the onslaught of the enemy, but also know you will be received of Him. Un-believers, prepare to face the Wrath of God!

Be encouraged, do no think that just because we chose to follow the footsteps of Jesus Christ that we are sitting on easy street. We are challenged on a daily basis against the principalities of this world. Jesus set the path and he had to suffer to attain his place at the right hand of the father. There will be struggles and trials, keep the faith and our rewards will be plenty. Trust God and never doubt.

God will not put nothing on you that you cant bare. There will be plenty of trials that come, but you have to keep your head up to God from which comes your help.

Perfect scripture for today! Often times life seems to throw too many hardships and trials, almost unbearable at times, but its just a test of our faith. God is a fair God, almost unfair to love us beyond our faults! But if we stay true to him and ourselves, the rewards are great!

Sometimes it is much easier to pray with a stranger than with your own family member. May God touch all of our families: biology and spiritually today in Jesus name <3<3<3 I will remain true to praying daily for the ones I love and for all the lost, also do all I can to make it the Eternal Shores of the place called Heaven. So much work today just a little time to play & pray. <3<3<3

let us all be strong in Christ

Thank you Lord for all the comments on this verse. Brothers and sisters in Christ, thank you for your encouraging words. Lord my actions have failed you, but your word has strengthen my soul. Your children have encourage me to continue in the faith. Although we have sinned, our Lord is a forgiving and loving God, who is patient and merciful. Thanks and praise to our Father in heaven through Christ Jesus our Lord for his LOVE, GRACE and MERCY. "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness" (2 Cor.12:9)

God doesn't promise us a life without trouble, but rather that he will be with us no matter what comes our way.

Thanks Duncan.

Stay strong for God will never leave nor forsake you.

we do pass many to prove our love to the LORD.

Just think he died on the cross for my sins...My God is awesome!!!!!!!

Amen!
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