Do you have a know-it-all in your life? Do you work with one of these people? They will do anything to keep their position, manipulate people in all kinds of ways to stay on top, proving their way is the right and only way. God is second and actually becomes the enemy to their goal of being number one. Again, don’t mess with God in this way. If you are the know it all, then repent. If you struggle with a know it all, then pray. Truth wins out in the end. Every. Time.
Acts 13, The Message
Barnabas, Saul, and Doctor Know-It-All
13 1-2 The congregation in Antioch was blessed with a number of prophet-preachers and teachers:
Simon, nicknamed Niger,
Lucius the Cyrenian,
Manaen, an advisor to the ruler Herod,
One day as they were worshiping God—they were also fasting as they waited for guidance—the Holy Spirit spoke: “Take Barnabas and Saul and commission them for the work I have called them to do.”
3 So they commissioned them. In that circle of intensity and obedience, of fasting and praying, they laid hands on their heads and sent them off.
4-5 Sent off on their new assignment by the Holy Spirit, Barnabas and Saul went down to Seleucia and caught a ship for Cyprus. The first thing they did when they put in at Salamis was preach God’s Word in the Jewish meeting places. They had John along to help out as needed.
6-7 They traveled the length of the island, and at Paphos came upon a Jewish wizard who had worked himself into the confidence of the governor, Sergius Paulus, an intelligent man not easily taken in by charlatans. The wizard’s name was Bar-Jesus. He was as crooked as a corkscrew.
7-11 The governor invited Barnabas and Saul in, wanting to hear God’s Word firsthand from them. But Dr. Know-It-All (that’s the wizard’s name in plain English) stirred up a ruckus, trying to divert the governor from becoming a believer. But Saul (or Paul), full of the Holy Spirit and looking him straight in the eye, said, “You bag of wind, you parody of a devil—why, you stay up nights inventing schemes to cheat people out of God. But now you’ve come up against God himself, and your game is up. You’re about to go blind—no sunlight for you for a good long stretch.” He was plunged immediately into a shadowy mist and stumbled around, begging people to take his hand and show him the way.
12 When the governor saw what happened, he became a believer, full of enthusiasm over what they were saying about the Master.
What do we learn?
–Ministry is ordained by the Holy Spirit.
–The Holy Spirit guides our every thought and action.
–Obedience of the Holy Spirit changes lives around us.
–Don’t mess with God.
–Manipulation, slight of hand and wizardry is no match for God and His Truth.
–Holy Persuasion wins over manipulating people to come to God.
If the Holy Spirit leads us, Is there ever a time when we should confront know-it-all’s with Truth? Yikes, this can be a tough one. in the meantime, when in doubt to timing, don’t and pray mightily. God will take care of them better than we can.
Dear Heavenly Father, I pray for the know-it-all’s in my life. Bless them with more knowledge of Who you are so that they might be saved from themselves. I also pray that you would convict my heart if I come off to others as “one of those” myself! I love you with all my heart, mind and soul. YOU are God and i am not. Fill us with your Holy Spirit. Guide our every thought and action. Deliver us from evil. Go with us this day. In Jesus Name, Amen