CHARACTER STUDY: PAUL 39

KEY SCRIPTURE: Acts 16:27 “And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled.”

Paul and Silas received a divine encounter through their faith in God expressed when their praised God. Their chains got broken and so the jailer had wanted to commit suicide. Acts 16:28 reads “But Paul cried with a loud voice saying do thyself no harm for we are all here.”

This man had earlier complicated the pain and suffering of Paul yet he was not the agenda of Paul. Paul’s concern was to please God. They praised God not for deliverance but purely to exalt the name of God and also being counted worthy to suffer for Jesus. Acts 5:41 “And they departed from the presence of the council rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.”  This very verse referred to Peter and John, yet all the other apostles had the same mindset. This is a life committed to God and it is only God’s interest that matters to then. Would you also live likewise? 

There are many Christians these days who are calling for the head of those who persecute or torment them. Jesus said in Matthew 5:44″ But I say unto you, love your enemies bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, pray for them that despitefully use you.” This is the difference between one born from above and an ordinary mortal. We are born from above and must demonstrate love and forgiveness, instead of hate and vengeance.

The jailer knowing the consequences of losing prisoners had wanted to end his life before the authorities got hint of the case. Paul did not say that, good, kill yourself. He shouted, do not do yourself any harm. This man came to Paul and now he was trembling. God had intervened and Paul had also allowed the divine life in him to rule the situation and not the selfish fleshy nature. The truth is that the Christian fleshy nature is dead (Romans 8:10) and it is the supernatural life which is alive. Live with this consciousness. The formerly wicked jailer was now very sober, who brought Paul and Silas out and fell before them and asked ” What must I do to be saved “. Paul did not ‘preach’ to him but demonstrated the power of the new life through praise and thanksgiving coupled with the supernatural visitation of the spirit of God. Actions speaks far louder than words.

 CONFESSION

 Christ lives in me and so my body is dead because of sin, but my spirit is alive. It is my spirit that dominates all that I do, manifesting Christ to my world. I lead a glorious heavenly life on earth in Jesus name.

FURTHER STUDY:

Matthew 5:16 ” Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

Romans 8:9-10 ” But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.”

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