People who live Godly lives will suffer persecution, and where the gifts of the Spirit of God are in operation, the dirty old devil will stir up trouble. The gifts in operation in Acts chapters 12 and 13 were the gifts of power: the gift of faith and the gift of working of miracles. The gift of working of miracles occurs when God does something through you. The gift of faith happens when God does something for you. Acts 12:1-4 (quickview)
1.THE GIFT OF FAITH
1) An angel walked through doors and walls like Jesus did to reach His disciples.
2) The chains fell off of Peter. There was no breaking, no noise, nor key.
1) Peter came to the home of Mary, the mother of John.
2) The whole Church rejoiced.
2. THE GIFT OF WORKING OF MIRACLES
This performance of the gift of working of miracles was a sign to the unbelievers. It proved that the God Paul served was mightier than the sorcery of Bar-jesus.