CHARACTER STUDY: PAUL 77

KEY SCRIPTURE: Acts 20:32. “And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified”.

Apostle Paul continues with his farewell message to the brethren in Ephesus, telling them areas that they should be cautious about. In Acts 20:30, he tells them that after he had left, there would be some from their midst who would rise up to draw disciples unto themselves. Such people speak perverse things in order to draw disciples or followers. They accuse the leaders or come up with contrary doctrines to draw away disciples. Why do such things occur? People do these things with all kinds of motivations. The underlining point is the projection of self-interest and not Christ interest. To have a clearer understanding of such actions and how to prevent them, I suggest you get Bishop Dag Heward-Mill’s books on loyalty and disloyalty as well as other related materials authored by him.

  After all these cautions, he directs them to the most secured grounds. In verse 32, he says “And now brethren I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among them that are sanctified.” The word of God is our light that delivers us from the deceptions of the devil.  Psalm 36:9 says “For with thee is light and in thy light, we shall see light.” In this end time, when Satan has vomited every kind of unclean thing unto the world, we must secure ourselves by clothing ourselves with light which is God’s word.

  Now note that the word that he is commending to us is about God’s grace. The grace of God is God’s divine provision that transforms us from mortal limitations to supernatural limitlessness. Apostle Peter put it this way in 2nd Peter 1:4 “whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” It is the exceeding great promises or word of his grace that gives us supernatural participation for a life time of victories.

 Please get to know God through his word. The word would build you up. Read the word for yourselves, study it always and you would be able to discern error from truth. The word would also deliver unto your hand your inheritance or what Jesus won for us through his death and resurrection. In the availability of the word do not allow anyone to deceive you.

 CONFESSION

In this world of gross darkness, the word of God is my only source of light. I delight in It and meditate on it day and night. I also do what the word says. My way is made prosperous and I have good success

FURTHER STUDIES

 Joshua 1:8 “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success”.

 Romans 12:2″ And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

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