Friday, August 28, 2009

Stirred Spirit

Some Sure Signs of a Stirred Spirit
Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry. Acts 17:16

Paul’s spirit was stirred:
1. While he was waiting – Athens wasn’t even his final destination or his hometown. While you are waiting on God’s direction for your life, how do you spend your time?

2. While he was watching – a right spirit will be stirred by error; his eye affected his heart. What are you looking at? When you look at our city, what do you see?

Some sure signs of a stirred spirit are:

I. Disputing with those in false doctrine – vs. 17

II. Devout people that are in error won’t intimidate you – vs. 17

III. Daily you will be found witnessing in the public places – vs. 17

IV. Doctrine will be your main emphasis – vs. 19
John 7:17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.

V. Discerning the problem of others – vs. 22

VI. Defining people’s problems with boldness – vs. 22
“…in all things ye are too superstitious.” Paul wasn’t afraid to confront them about their error.

VII. Describing the error of their devotion – vs. 23
I beheld your devotions…him ye ignorantly worship…”

VIII. Declaring the truth unto them – vs. 23
He spent the rest of his time preaching truth to them. Some believed, some mocked and some procrastinated.

Paul’s vision for this city stirred his spirit. Is your spirit stirred for your city??