CHARACTER STUDY: PAUL 60

KEY SCRIPTURE: ACTS 19:12: So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.

The scripture said aprons and handkerchiefs were taken from Paul’s body and placed on the sick who got healed. God still does these things these days, yet we must be careful not to abuse the workings of the Spirit.

These objects through which the anointing of God is transmitted for the working of miracles are called tokens. A token Is something that serves as a sign of something else. In this case it represents the power of God. Various servants of God have been using various tokens. Some use water, anointing oils, bangles, pictures and many more. 

   A few questions arise concerning the constant application of these tokens.  Should the man of God continually give out these tokens to minister to the various needs of people? 1st Corinthians 12 speaking about the supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit said there are diversities of the gifts, and there are differences of administration and there are diversities of operations. These verses simply mean God’s dealings in his servants vary from one to the other. God is not is not a one-way God. We cannot attribute just one way for the Spirit to work always There are diversities of gifts by the same Spirit with different administration by the same Lord. To administrator is the way a thing is dispensed or shared. The bible says the working of the spirit is not the same in every man of God. Even the operations of the same gift can differ.

 The real challenge about the use of tokens is when people turn their faith from God and his word to these tokens, signs and symbols. Humans can make fetish out of very holy things. Our father God relates to us on our faith. Faith is never based on anything physical. Faith is always a response of your spirit to the word of God. It must never be an object of some sort.

The object, sign, symbol must only enhance the individual’s faith in God’s word. The woman with the issue of blood touched the helm of Jesus garment as a token of God’s power and she was healed instantly.   The Lord said, your faith has made you whole.  It was the release of her faith by touching the garment. It would be wrong for her to praise the garment of Jesus, just as it is wrong today for anyone to praise an anointing water or oil or any token used.

  Dear child of God, I do not condemn or speak against the use of any token, but be careful not to put your faith in it. It only represents the real thing, THE POWER OF GOD. That is where your faith must be.

   PRAYER

Dear heavenly Father, I pray for the church of God to know the truth, so Christians would experience more of God’s power and not be deceived by any man.

FURTHER STUDY

Acts 5:15    In so much that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them.

2nd Kings 6:6 And the man of God said, where fell it? And he shewed him the place. And he cut down a stick, and cast it in thither; and the iron did swim.

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