CHARACTER STUDY: PAUL 95

KEY SCRIPTURE: Acts 26:18. “To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me”.

In the above verse Apostle Paul tells us a description of the job given to him by our Lord Jesus. He lists them as follows:

1.To open the eyes of the blind.

2.To turn them from darkness to light

3.To turn them from the power of Satan to God

The next two are a result of doing the three points talked about. They are

1.Receive forgiveness of sins

2.Receive inheritance among them who are sanctified

Apostle Paul added, when I received this commission, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision. Dear child of God, every one of us has been given the same commission. We must respond as he did.

Gal 1:16 “To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood”: To confer with flesh and blood means to relate with men in such a way that it waters down one’s commitment to the task given him or her. It also means to allow your fleshly persuasions to influence you such that the task given to you is either abandoned or watered down outright.

His first task, just as has been given to us was to open the eyes of the blind. In 2nd Corinth 4:4, Apostle Paul states the following about Satan’s blindfolding. of many who do not believe. “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them”. Everyone who has not come to faith in Jesus has either been deceived by the enemy or just blind to the truth .Satan deceives the whole world.(Revelations 12:9).If it is not the blindfolding power of the devil ,then what on earth would make a man leave his normal relationship with a woman and go for his fellow man, and women also refuse to relate with men but to marry other women. What drives people to sacrifice fellow humans for money rituals. Please come to think about it, most respected nations in our world sanction homosexual and lesbian relationships. Men even officially marries animals. A very deep darkness has engulfed humanity.

The gospel is the only answer to this evil power holding a very great portion of humanity in bondage (Rom 1:16}. Please note, the kind of message that would bring men to their knees is the visible demonstration of the power of God. This will show that our Lord Jesus is alive and He is the same. We’ve got to trust God to see the dead raised to life again, Limbless legs growing out, creation of new eye balls and many more. God has done these things and is still doing them and would continue to do them if we trust Him. Don’t limit Him

CONFESSION

I am Christ representative on the earth. His Spirit works through me. I bring sight to them that Satan has blinded, deliverance to them that are bound and God’s miracle power to all held under Satan’s control in Jesus mighty name.

FURTHER STUDIES

Romans 1:16. “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek”.

Revelations 12:9. “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him”.

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