CHARACTER STUDY: PAUL 97

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.”

Among all that Paul was assigned to do, he was commissioned to turn men from the power of Satan unto the power of God. A look at the life story of Paul reveals that he was exceedingly successful at executing his commission.

What did Paul do to achieve such an outstanding success. Apostle Paul was selflessly committed to the commission. He was passionately dedicated. He says Philippians 1:21 “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Secondly, he also believed he could get the work done. This is seen in his declaration in Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth men. Apostle Paul had a very positive attitude to the task given to him. With a positive attitude he developed the positive motivation to fulfill his call. He was a man of action. He says the following, 1 Corinth 15:10b “but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me”.

The following are basically Paul’s line of action

1.Positive Attitude

2.Positive Motivation

 3.Positive Action

We must likewise adapt Paul’s approach to get the work done. A look at some of the practical efforts of Paul, we see the following.

1. He travelled across the region to share the gospel (Acts 14).

2. He raised (elders) leaders in these places to consolidate whatever he had achieved. (Acts 14:23).

3. He prayed always for the churches. Eph 1:16 “Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers”;

4. He followed up on the work he had done by visiting the towns and the brethren, he preached to. (Acts 15:36)

5. He wrote letters to these churches. His letters continue to deliver men from the power of the devil even after so many years of his death.

What then is the power of the devil? Satan’s power is anything evil. It is simply spiritual darkness. God’s power is also spiritual light. It is manifested by His word. The teaching of the truth and a corresponding receiving of it, will effortlessly destroy every work of darkness. John 8:32 “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”. This is the reason the revelations of Paul continue to set men free over the years.

CONFESSION

I have a very positive attitude about God’s work. I commit my life to doing this great work. Many lives are set free as I go about doing the work of the master.

FURTHER STUDIES

Acts 14:23 “And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed”.

Acts 15:36.   And some days after Paul said unto Barnabas, Let us go again and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the Lord, and see how they do”.

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