Tug of War
And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand. Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord. ~Acts 13:11-12
Have you ever played tug of war? This is a competitive event where two groups of people are holding opposite ends of a rope, and pull with all their strength. The side that is able to pull the other side over a marked line is the winner. In the spiritual realm, there is a tug of war going on for the souls of men. This morning, let us see the competitive edge that God gives us in this tug of war for the souls of men.
We see an individual PROSPECT.
Saul and Barnabas were on their first missions and church-planting trip on the island of Cyprus, in an area named Paphos. As they were preaching the gospel and witnessing to people, a man named Sergius Paulus heard them. He was a man of dignity and office. He was so impressed with the gospel that he desired to hear more. He was a vital prospect for the gospel message. Saul and Barnabas were focusing their attention on this man with the intent of seeing him place his faith in Christ as