CHARACTER STUDY: PAUL 15

KEY SCRIPTURE: Acts 14:21 ” And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch,”

After Paul rose up from the stoning, he went with Barnabas to Derbe. Paul did not go to rest in a home. He continued with his mission. He saw how urgent the work of God was.

The Lord Jesus said I must work the works of him that sent me while it is day, for the night comes when no man can work”. John. 9:4. There is a night for everybody. We are supposed to give our best shots when we are strong and youthful. Our work will be rewarded. We will be rewarded according to how effective and diligent we worked. The Lord will definitely come yet as humans we are not going to live forever. We have a time period to complete his mission. During the Lord Jesus days on the earth, he used to wake up early and after his prayer time, sets off going to preach the word. He goes from town to town speaking to groups and in some instances speaks to individuals. He comes back late to rest. In some moments He went into prayer. The Lord really worked hard. How are you working for Him.?

Please let’s consider what Apostle Paul did. Acts 14:21 “And when they had preached the gospel to that city and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra and to Iconium and Antioch”. This is amazing. Paul was attacked in Iconium and stoned in Lystra. Apostle Paul was simply a fearless man. He says in Philippians 1:20-21 “According to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed but that with all boldness as always so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life or by death; for me to live is Christ and to die is gain”. He says his earnest expectation is that he would not be ashamed about anything. Most humans are scared of shame. He is given totally to Christ and therefore careless about what comes to him. He says his concern and desire is that Jesus Christ would be magnified in his body, whether it be by life or by death. This is the best way to live. The essence of living is living for Jesus. This made Paul fearless. Fearlessness is true liberty. Fear has torment and makes a man a slave in his body. Live for Christ and magnify him in everything you do. Talk about him to all men. Do not let anyone intimidate you. He is worth living for, for he is the beginning and the end. He is the life and all things are subject to Him. Living for him is having every evil power subjected to you. O what a life!

CONFESSION

I do not live for myself or anything carnal. I live for Jesus. He is the only real one who abides forever. I have perfect peace and joy every day of my life. I have power to reign in this life. Oh, what a life.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Galatians 6:14, 17 ” But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.

From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.”

Galatians 2:20” I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless, I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”

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