That God was working is evident by the Lord bearing “witness to the word of His grace, granting signs and wonders…by their hands”. Look for God to confirm His work through us. It is critical that we not give up during difficult times to the fear of man. We must watch all the time to see if God is working. If He is, then His presence and power will also be there. As we will see in the next blog, there are indicators that it is time to leave a situation. But at Iconium, some of the people were receiving the message because God was at work in their hearts. It was not time to leave.
Never let opposition determine the direction of your ministry. It could be the very tool God uses to embolden and expand the message of the gospel and establish His truth in souls for His glory. So many leave churches today because there is disunity or opposition to the clear presentation of biblical principles from Scripture. Make sure that such decisions are not made because of personal comfort, opposing personalities or grievances. Seek always the “unity of the Spirit” and ways to “speak the truth in love” with the objective that the body of Christ “grow up in every way into Him who is the head, into Christ” (Eph. 4:15).