notes - Acts:16:6-40:
This particular passage shines to us as an example of how the life transforming principals of kjv@Romans:12:1-3 (see pcarr:PracticalChristian1 ) can be implimented and how that they might be carried out in our lives daily as well.
Paul was clearly convienced and transformed by the realization and acceptence of God's mercy for his life kjv@Acts:9:1-31. He knew that God had given this mercy toward Paul for a specific purpose kjv@1Timothy:1:16. Paul pursued and executed this calling filter:NT-EPISTLES-PAUL Paul AND called the remainder of his life.
- In this action packed passage we see the living sacrifice made by Paul in that:
- He was out and about willingly and deligently seeking the work that the Lord would have him to do. The Lord had worked previously with him and through sacrifice and obedience prepared him for the work ahead dict:naves Paul .
- He had the desire to go out into a certain area (Asia) yet was sensitive enough to the Spirit to know that those specific doors were closed to him kjv@Acts:16:6-7.
- Upon recieving direct instructions from the Spirit in a vision he immediately adjusted his plans and went not knowing any of what might be in store for his self kjv@Acts:16:9-10.
- He actively sought places and people of oppurtunity. Reaching a few people led him to several others kjv@Acts:16:13.
- He willing suffered the stripes and imprisonment that were a consequence of his service to the Lord kjv@Acts:16:22-24.
- He didnot attempt to escape or compromise the situation kjv@Acts:16:26 kjv@Acts:16:35-39. Through it all he sought to present a respectable wittness.
- The transformation of mind is exhibited in that:
- He correctly read that the possesed womans flatery didnot rightly serve the situation kjv@Acts:16:17-19.
- He correctly read that the damage to the prison was not an indication that God had set him free kjv@Acts:16:26-28.
- He correctly read that God had not simply released him from the captivity when the condemming magestrates offered him a questionable pardon kjv@Acts:16:37.
- The good and perfect Will of God was proved in that:
- The Church planted there in Philipi was planted in deep fertile soil by the events Paul successfully navigated kjv@Philippians:1 .
- People were so deeply touched that entire households were immediately saved kjv@Acts:16:30-34.
- Paul had totally sacrificed his will on the mere trust that God would faithfully perform His Will kjv@Acts:16:14-15.
In the light of kjv@Romans:12:1-3 we can see the following concepts utilized in Pauls daily life.
We can further see the principal of "Christ in me" Paul adopts.
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