by Benjamin Munsell on April 21, 2019
And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Bar-jesus: Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, AND DESIRED TO HEAR THE WORD OF GOD. BUT ELYMAS the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) WITHSTOOD THEM, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith. Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him, And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, WILT THOU NOT CEASE TO PERVERT THE RIGHT WAYS OF THE LORD? 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 13:6-12. We have a man, Sergius Paulus, who has a Heart for the Lord. He's looking for More. He doesn't know what More is, but he's looking for It anyway. Now, he's Truly seeking Christ, (The More), and the Lord hears his Heart's Cry, AND ANSWERS. Elymas, the sorcerer, thinks he can get between the Lord, and one of His (lost) sheep.  He is quickly dealt with by the Lord, Himself. It appears that  Elymas, the sorcerer, never came to Faith in Christ. Others, in the Bible, "believed" in Christ, BUT NEVER FOLLOWED HIM. Just "believing" is not enough, you must also FOLLOW Christ. Even the thief on the Cross "Followed" Christ, right into Paradise. The Lord will Find and Save ALL who Truly Seek Him, AND FOLLOW HIM. If you Truly, want Christ, He WILL be found of you, He WILL change you, and YOU WILL, be a Follower of Him. Examine yourself, are you a True Follower of Christ? Or are you just doing nice religious things to please the christ you have made up in your heart? Follow Christ, and, Be Blessed.