CHARACTER STUDY: PAUL 2

KEY SCRIPTURE: Acts 9:4 “And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul why persecutest thou me.”

Saul had received letters from the Sanhedrin (High Priest) in Jerusalem to go to Damascus and arrest any Christians he finds. Saul by nature commits his total abilities to whatever he does. In considering his aggressive approach to which Paul does his activities, we would categorise him as of a choleric temperament. A temperament is an individual’s emotional disposition that dictates how one responds to a particular situation.

    Paul is the goal-oriented individual who would kick away anything that stands in his way from getting that anticipated goal. This behavioural trait was seen throughout his life.

The bible said in Acts 9:2 that as he and his entourage got to Damascus a light from heaven hit him to the ground. He describes this in Acts 26:13 as follows ” At mid-day oh king I saw in the way a light from the heavens above the brightness of the sun, shinning round about me and them which journeyed with me.” Through this encounter Saul’s course of life was changed.

Through a physical encounter with Jesus, Paul though, a rugged persecutor of the Christian church, became a Christian, defending the very faith he tried to destroy. God has various ways of encountering men with his good news to bring about a change in their lives.

 There are over a million and one ways of conversions. The method or process of conversion may not be so important as the result and impact of your conversion. Apostle Paul said in Galatians 1:16 he was saved so that, God will reveal his Son in him that he might preach him among the heathen, immediately he conferred not with flesh and blood.  

He meant he did not allow any human influence to get into his way. There was a drastic turn around in his life. What is the result of your conversion into Christ?  Can men testify of a change in your life? Has Jesus Christ indeed become the Lord of your life? Are you still controlled by the past or former habits? Apostle Paul said he conferred not with flesh and blood. He spent a total of three years in Arabia and Damascus receiving revelations from the master. His devotion to the master helped him to know a lot from the Lord, which made him very effective. Deepen your relationship with the master to increase your *usefulness unto him *

  PRAYER

Father, I pray for all children of God, especially leaders of the flock, to deepen their devotion unto God, so they could be more effective.

FURTHER STUDIES

Galatians 1:17-18 ” Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus. Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days.”

Mark 3:14 “And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach,





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