At Iconium Paul and Barnabas went as usual into the Jewish synagogue. There they spoke so effectively that a great number of Jews and Greeks believed. But the Jews who refused to believe stirred up the other Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brothers. So Paul and Barnabas spent considerable time there, speaking boldly for the Lord, who confirmed the message of his grace by enabling them to perform signs and wonders. The people of the city were divided; some sided with the Jews, others with the apostles. There was a plot afoot among both Gentiles and Jews, together with their leaders, to mistreat them and stone them. But they found out about it and fled to the Lycaonian cities of Lystra and Derbe and to the surrounding country, where they continued to preach the gospel. Acts 14:1-7 NIV
When descension was stirred up in Iconium against Paul and Barnabas, they did not leave. Instead they became more bold in the proclamation of the Gospel. The apostles were enabled to do many signs and wonders through the grace of the Lord. As a plot against the two developed, they became aware of it and fled the area.
When we speak to others of the Good News, we do not do so alone. The Holy Spirit is with us. We are hopefully releasing ourselves to the guidance of the Holy Spirit as He leads us in our sharing of the life saving message. We must pray as we share God’s Word, seeking guidance that we might share the Good News in a proper manner, and that the Lord will then touch the heart of the receiving ear and heart. The Spirit waits, ready to guide us as we carry out the Lord’s work. We truly are not alone in our endeavor. The One who commissioned us to go out into the world, provides the Spirit of Truth as the One who leads us in carrying out the mission to which we have been called. We are truly blessed.