Paul and Barnabas preached in a way that produced great conviction.
Acts 14:1 NKJV
“Now it happened in Iconium that they went together to the synagogue of the Jews, and so spoke that a great multitude both of the Jews and of the Greeks believed.”
Jesus promised to send the Holy Ghost.
John 16:7 NKJV
“Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.”
Great conviction is the work of the Holy Ghost.
John 16:8 NKJV
“And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:”
Paul’s preaching almost converted king Agrippa.
Acts 26:28 NKJV
“Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You almost persuade me to become a Christian.”
King Agrippa came under a strong conviction, but he failed to act upon his conviction.
Paul’s preaching also convicted a crippled man in Lystra that God would heal him.
Acts 14:8 NKJV
“And in Lystra a certain man without strength in his feet was sitting, a cripple from his mother’s womb, who had never walked.”
Paul recognised that the man had received a conviction of faith.
Acts 14:9 NKJV
“This man heard Paul speaking. Paul, observing him intently and seeing that he had faith to be healed,”
Although the man had faith to be healed he remained a cripple.
James 2:26 NKJV
“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”
Faith must be put into action.
Paul commanded him to act on his faith.
Acts 14:10 NKJV
“said with a loud voice, “Stand up straight on your feet!” And he leaped and walked.”
Acting on his faith brought the manifestation of his healing.
May you submit yourself to the conviction of the Holy Ghost. May you be inspired to act upon your conviction of faith, in Jesus’s name.