CHARACTER STUDY: PAUL 34

KEY SCRIPTURE: Acts 16:13 “And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the women which resorted thither.”

 It was the custom of Paul to join the Jews in their times of prayer on the Sabbath. The Jews normally located their place of meeting or synagogue close to a source of water because of the many washings that characterised their worship procedures. This meeting place was by the river side.

 The apostle Paul took the advantage to share the Gospel with the women sitting by the river side. He sat close to them and shared the good news with them. Paul was an amazing servant of God who was totally addicted to pleasing the master at every moment and every opportunity that came up.

He said” I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, because it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone who believes to the Jew first and to the Greek.

(Romans 1:16). He meant the Gospel is the only means by which man could be freed from the clutches of sin and spiritual death. 

If it is the only means then we must give it the needed attention at sharing it with all who we relate with.

Through the preaching of Paul to the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, a woman named Lydia received the message. The bible puts it this way in Acts 16:14 “and a certain woman named Lydia a seller of purple of the city of Thyatira which worshipped God heard us whose heart the Lord opened that she attended to the things which are spoken of Paul.”

It was the Lord who opened her heart to attend to the things spoken by Paul. This is the reason why we must not just stand up to go and preach. But to spend time in travailing   prayer for the Spirit of Christ to touch and open their hearts.

Some ministers believe that at their present status they are above witnessing on a one on one basis. If you think this way, it is pride and so repent from such an attitude. We have been commanded to go to all men and disciple them. Matthew 28:19-20. May we throw away every pride, shyness, fear etc. and go knocking on doors of houses, and go to our friends in the classroom, workplace, schools and everywhere we have the opportunity to speak to people or individuals.

Daniel 12:3 reminds us that “And they be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.”

  You are called the wise one if you turn one to the path of righteousness and you would shine like the stars. Do as apostle Paul did, share the gospel.

  PRAYER

Father awaken the church of God to your commission, to go and make disciples of all men. I pray breaking every deception that causes them to be shy or afraid. Work with your children to produce signs and wonders in Jesus name. Amen

FURTHER STUDIES

John 4:7 ” There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.”

Acts 20:20 ” And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publicly, and from house to house,”

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