Something struck me this afternoon as I was reading in Acts 13. Paul and Barnabas are preaching in Antioch, and are very well received that first sabbath day in the synagogue, even asked to come back the following week. Apparently news about them spread throughout the city, because the next week everybody was there. But the Jews became jealous and talked abusively against them. So Paul and Barnabas said they would take the gospel to the Gentiles, who were thrilled to hear the word of the Lord. The Jews continued to stir up trouble and managed to force them to leave that region.
That's the background to the following verse:
"And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit."
How cool is that?!
Lord, no matter what happens in this world, in politics, in church, in personal life, I pray to be filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit!