CHARACTER STUDY: PAUL 83

KEY SCRIPTURE: Acts 21:13″. Then Paul answered, what mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus”.

In Caesarea Paul had a second prophecy about what will happen to him if he got to Jerusalem .Agabus a prophet took his girdle and tied  his hands, and said , the man who owed that girdle wouldl] be arrested by the Jews and handed over to the gentiles.

All the brethren began to persuade Paul not to go. His response was our key scripture. Acts 21:13

Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus. Paul was a warrior for Christ. Deep down in his heart, he was dead for Jesus. The Lord Jesus gave the following criterion for a disciple, that is in Luke 14:26 “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple”. The Lord said before anyone could be his disciple, he must first hate or loveless his father, mother, wife and children including his brothers and sisters as well as his very life. If one does not do this he is not yet a disciple of Jesus.

From our story we can easily conclude that apostle Paul loved the Lord above himself. We cannot achieve any special feat for the master if we do not love our lives less than we love Him. Every kind of unfaithfulness or sin a sister or brother commits against the master stern from a heart that has not loved Jesus above all other things. Paul could not be persuaded to give up on going to Jerusalem. Christianity is not all

about believing in Jesus but to suffer for him as well. The word suffer also  means to allow. There are times that we have to give way for some conditions that are not so pleasant, yet it shows how much we love the master above ourselves and brings glory to his name

CONFESSION

I am crucified with Jesus; it is Christ alive in me. I give him the first place in all I do. My joy is to make  him pleased with me. I always need to hear his instructions and to do what He says.

FURTHER STUDIES

Philippians 1:29. For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;

Acts 15:26. Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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