CHARACTER STUDY: PAUL 58

KEY SCRIPTURE: Acts 19:8 And he went into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God.

 Apostle Paul continued to visit the synagogues to discuss the Gospel or the message of the Kingdom with the Jews and the Greeks. 

 I wish to explain the relationship between the Gospel and the Kingdom of God. The kingdom of God is about the reign of God in the life of a man. Its effect is a manifestation of the power of God to destroy the works of the devil. The reign of God marks the end of the rule of the devil and his works in the life of the man who welcomes the kingdom into his life. The Gospel is also about faith in the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus culminating in making Jesus Lord over your life. The kingdom of God and the gospel are one and the same thing, that is Jesus becomes Lord of your life. (Romans 10:9-10). It is called good news because, it spells the total liberty to any man who submits to the lordship or reign of God over his life.  Dear readers one of the major problems of men is demonic reign over their lives. No man by himself or herself can overpower these demons. The sad truth about most people is that most of them through education and enlightenment brush off their idea of demonic influence, yet this is the greatest lie Satan has given them.

    No man without the reign of our Lord Jesus is free of demonic influence. The word demonic influence is not pleasant and many intellectuals brush it off, yet the word of God is true and the main sign that one is under demonic control, is a total rejection of the gospel or a careless attitude to the gospel.

  Revelations 12:9 says “.  And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: ….”. Satan deceives the whole world.

 I wish to ask any man or woman who may be opposing the gospel the following question. My question is, do you really have peace? Dear one there is an unseen enemy who tells you to oppose the gospel, the very truth that would set you free. Please take the following scripture and consider them seriously

John 3: 16-19 ” For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believed in Him should not perish but have everlasting life For God sent not his*Son into the world *to condemn the world, but the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on Him is not condemned but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world and men loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. ”

The gospel is the power of God unto salvation to everyone who believes. There is an unseen enemy draining your life subtly, but keeps telling you there is nothing wrong. The Lord Jesus says he stands at the door of your heart and keeps knocking, if you would open the door of your heart to him you would find the reality and peace of heart.

 CONFESSION

Jesus you died to save my soul from destruction. I welcome your reign over my life. Be the Lord over my life from this day forth. Thank you for saving my soul. Amen

FURTHER STUDY

 Revelation 3:20 ” Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hears my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me”.

Luke 11:20 ” But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.”

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