CHARACTER STUDY: PAUL 3

KEY SCRIPTURE: Galatians 1:16   “To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood. “

Apostle Paul said after the encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ, he did not seek any human influence but went into Arabia (solitude). He went to Arabia which was very close to Damascus, precisely at the southern part of it. It was after three years, that he went to see Peter in Jerusalem.

  In the Acts’ account which was recorded by Luke, he talked about the blindness that fell on Paul and also about Ananias, one of the Lords disciples who was sent by the Lord to pray for him. His eyes were opened and he received the Holy Spirit. There is no conflict between these two reports. It is the case of what the Holy Spirit wanted to communicate at each instant. Why did Paul have to stay in Arabia and Damascus for a period of three years before coming to the brethren in Jerusalem? He needed to know the Lord who had commissioned him in a deeper way. It was in his solitude that he received most of the revelations. No wonder he came back to challenge the Jewish teachers.

  Paul ‘s personal devotion and confining to seek the face of the master allowed him to receive such mighty revelations. Some of the revelations were so deep that Apostle Peter had to admit that some of the things taught by Paul were hard to understand and those who do not understand and unstable wrest the message as they do to the other scriptures. (2nd Pet 3:16).

   Paul’s personal commitment to the Lord Jesus exposed him to these wonderful truths. Many are converted but do not have any personal relationship with the Lord. Dear child of God, the Christian life is a revelation of Jesus through you. How can he be revealed through you if you don’t know him? It must be your number one ambition to know him on a very personal level. Jesus said I am the vine and ye are the branches abide in me so you would bear much fruits. (John 15:5) Develop a deep personal devotional time with Him. Keep all destructions of phone, TV, and others out. The more you relate with him the better you would be useful to him.

   There are many people that we win through personal evangelism and we need to disciple them to become workers for God. We have to pray, teach and encourage them to develop a personal relationship with the master. So long as they know Jesus personally, they would remain fruitful. Please take this working definition of a disciple: One becomes a disciple when he becomes stabilized in the faith, and has an ongoing commitment to the lordship of Jesus Christ and has developed the basic disciplines of Christian living and services, so that the lifelong maturing process is guaranteed as much as humanly possible. This could be achieved through a discipleship program.

PRAYER.

I pray for all Christians to develop a strong desire to be acquainted with our master Jesus.

FURTHER STUDIES

John 15:7-8 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

Isaiah 40:31 ” But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

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