by Vince Finnegan
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Fortified with Resilience (the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness)
Acts 14:1-2 Wherever and whenever Paul spoke, resistance arose.
3 When there was resistance, Paul reacted with more boldness.
5 The attack intensified.
6-7 Therefore, Paul’s determination intensified.
8-12 Zeus was the sky and thunder god who ruled as king of the gods of Mount Olympus. Hermes in Greek religion and mythology was the son of Zeus, the emissary and messenger of the gods.
13-21 He allowed nothing to stop him.
Acts 21:27-22:22 Every opportunity he took, even if it was dangerous or life threatening.
2 Corinthians 11:22-33 Was Paul fortified with resilience?
How did he have such resilience? Where did it come from?
Ephesians 6:12 He knew the warfare and understood the spiritual battle.
2 Corinthians 12:1-3 He embraced his hope of the coming Kingdom.
2 Corinthians 12:10; Romans 5:1-5; Philippians 2:13 He used tribulation as a tool to draw closer to his God and Lord.
1 Timothy 1:12-17 He understood God’s love and mercy for him.
2 Timothy 1:7 His love overshadowed his fear.
Paul had resilience because he was head over heels in love with his God and Lord. He knew it’s a spiritual battle; he did not fear death because his destiny was the Kingdom of God. He used the devil’s attacks as leverage to draw more dependent upon God. He had great love and no fear.