1Now at Iconium they entered together into the Jewish synagogue and spoke in such a way that a great number of both Jews and Greeks believed. 2 But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brothers. 3So they remained for a long time, speaking boldly for the Lord, who bore witness to the word of his grace,(G) granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands.
Note here in verse 2 and also throughout the Book of Acts, how the great success of the Gospel is always accompanied by opposition. When you pray for revival, conversions, spiritual awakening … never forget to also pray to be able to handle the negatives that are inevitably going to accompany the positives that take place. The evil one is the biggest loser in the cosmos, but that does not stop him from opposing the works of God. God shows Himself in the midst pf great opposition to the Gospel. Lack of readiness for it can lead to despair, depression, quitting, disappointment, doubt, fear, … . God keeps His promises and we can be sure that the Gospel is going to be opposed. We need to be ready for it. And we need to face them with the faith and optimism that comes from knowing God can’t lose.