The man in chains……


Paul was one of the greatest apostles that ever lived. He was

a man who obeyed God 110%, no make that 150%, actually make

that 200%……I think you get the picture!  🙂  When I read the

life of Paul I am challenged by his obedience. Let’s look at the

things he accomplished because he was obedient.

 

He got to share the gospel with Felix who was Governor at

the time. He was a man who had lots of influence. 

Read Acts 24:10-26

 

Paul shared the gospel with King Agrippa and his wife

Bernice. God brought Paul before powerful men

and women to share the gospel.

Acts 25 and chapter 26

 

By the way he carried himself and his faith in God,

Paul was able to minister to the Roman soldiers

Read Acts 27:42, 43

 

Because of his obedience Paul ministered to a whole

tribe on the island of Malta.

Read Acts 28.

 

During imprisonment in Rome, Paul wrote a lot of

the books in the new testament. It is said he wrote,

Ephesians Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon.

After imprisonment it is said he wrote Hebrews,

Titus, 1 Timothy and 2 Timothy.

 

Now for the crux of the matter. I will share a scripture that I

believe is the key that opened the door to all the ministry he did:

 

After several days of visiting, a prophet from Judea by the name

of Agabus came down to see us. He went right up to Paul, took

his belt, and, in dramatic gesture, tied himself up, hands and feet.

He said, “This is what the Holy Spirit says: The Jews in Jerusalem

are going to tie up the man who owns this belt just like this and

hand him over to godless unbelievers.”

When everyone heard that, we and everyone there that day

begged Paul not to be stubborn and persist in going to

Jerusalem. But Paul wouldn’t budge:

Why all this hysteria? Why do you insist on making a scene

and making it even harder for me?

You’re looking at this backward. The issue is Jerusalem is not

what they do to me, whether arrest or murder, but what the

Master Jesus does through my obedience. Can’t you see that?

Acts 21:10-13

 

Wow right…..Paul had an understanding of obedience. He knew

being obedient allowed Jesus to work through him. And because

Paul was obedient, Jesus did a mighty work in him and through

him!

 

Let’s bring this principle home. God has a plan for each and

everyone of us but we can only walk in that plan when we are

obedient! That revelation hit me hard! I am in a situation where

I have a decision to make. I can either be obedient even though

it’s difficult and uncomfortable or disobey! But the word is very

clear, Jesus works through our obedience!

He has this amazing, uncomprehendible (if there is such a word)

plan for us. It’s just to big to fathom. I don’t think Paul knew all

that God had in store for Him but he simply obeyed, and

trusted! We need to do the same……

I want to live a life of obedience to God and I ask Him to

help me. I rebel a lot and I fight and push back but He wants

me to obey. He wants us to obey!

Will you learn a lesson from the man who lived a life of obedience?

Rolain

 

 

Being a man or woman of conviction. Part 1


Are you a man or woman of conviction? Does sticking to what you believe mean anything to you?
In the world we live in we really need to be people that live by our convictions. People who have stuck to their convictions have literally changed the world.

Martin Luther Jr was a man who lived by conviction. He refused to budge for anyone. He knew what his mission was and followed it with everything within him.

William Wallace was a man who lived by conviction. Jesus Christ is the perfect example of a Man who lived by conviction. He stuck to His convictions. He never wavered or falted. People confronted Him and opposed Him but that didn’t move Him. He stayed strong to the end.
There is a cost to being a person of conviction. A lot of the great men and women we have been taught about paid for it with their lives. The price was heavy and it still is. Being a person of conviction is not for the faint hearted. It needs you to be courageous.

As i come to the end i want to finish in the Word.
I want to share a scripture that speaks about conviction. It really hit me when i got a revelation of what it meant.

Your personal convictions [on such matters]-excercise [them] as in God’s presence, keeping them to yourself [striving only to know the truth and obey His will]. Blessed (happy, to be envied) is he who has no reason to judge himself for what he approves [who does not convict himself by what he chooses to do].
But the man who has doubts (misgivings, an uneasy conscience) about eating, and then eats [perhaps because of you], stands condemned [before God], because he is not true to his covictions and he does not act from faith. For whatever does not originate and proceed from faith is sin [whatever is done without a conviction of its approval by God is sinful]. Romans 14:22,23

Wow right! ! That is such a powerful piece of scripture. The author in previous verses has been speaking about how you supposed to carry yourself around young christians. One considers one day holier than the other. We should not judge other people because of that. He also speaks about how some people eat all types of food and the other is careful about what he eats. We should not be a stumbling block to the young christian because of what we eat. So that and a bit more is said. At least you know the context of the scriptures i am talking from. So in that whole passage there is a principle i want you to see. I don’t think it only applies to food but every other area of your life. Let’s look at the first important piece of that scripture. And please note, this is all connected to being a person of conviction.
“Blessed (happy, to be envied) is he who has no reason to judge himself for what he approves [who does not convict himself by what he chooses to do]. Romans 14:22

Are you confident with who you are? Do you need to always seek someone who can put their seal of approval on everything you endeavor to do?
Part of being a man or woman of conviction is being confident with who you are no matter what other people say or think.

to be continued. . . . .

Before i go think about what it means to be a man or woman of conviction.
– What changes need to be made in your life to be that person who stands by their convictions?
– The great men and woman who impacted the world sacrificed so much because of their convictions, even with their lives. Are you ready to pay the price that is needed to be a person of conviction?

Rolain. P