CHARACTER STUDY: PAUL 16

KEY SCRIPTURE: Acts 14:22 ” Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.”

Apostle Paul and Barnabas moved from town to town confirming the souls of the brethren. They reestablished or strengthened the souls of the disciples. The soul is the self-conscious part of a man. The soul comprises the mind, the emotion and the will.

When the mind of one is filled with error the enemy will have a field’s day in the life of that individual. One of Paul’s greatest passion was to see every convert he wins standing strong and making it to heaven. This must be our passion and pursuit. We must not win them and leave them to chance. This is what Apostle Paul says in 2nd Corinthians 11:3 “But I fear lest by any means as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtility, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ”. Satan is aggressively at way against the minds of every Christian. He has raised people who go teaching all kinds of things that are not biblical. There are Spirits who also speak directly to the minds of people. (Eph 2:2)

Every new Christian needs to be made strong in the mind. A strong mind means a strong emotion and subsequently a strong will.

The following verse teaches us the principles Satan uses to deceive or take Christians captive. Colossians 2:8 “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of this world and not after Christ”. Satan deceives Christians by two main sources:

1. Philosophy

2. Vain deceit.

He said these things have their roots either from traditions of men which are believe patterns passed on from generation to generation, or through the rudiments of this world, that is the physical principles around, basically called science. Philosophy is coined from two Greek words namely “Phileo” and “Sophia”. Phileo is to love and Sophia is wisdom. It means love wisdom or lover of wisdom. This is worldly wisdom. It is carnal wisdom.

We must establish the brethren with sound biblical truths not any worldly philosophies. This is what would make them strong so Satan would not be able to corrupt their minds to fall away from the simplicity that is in Christ.

PRAYER

I pray for all Christian workers to have a great love for every convert won, and to teach them diligently, so they would stand strong for Christ. In Jesus name I have prayed. Amen

FURTHER STUDIES.

2 Corinthians 11:2 ” For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ”.

Philippians 4:1 ” Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved”.

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