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Newsletter #235 - May 1998 Dr. Arnold Murray, DRE
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Satan enjoys hindering the good news of the are our glory and joy.
gospel. He also likes to hinder those that help .lll lh. .
to spread the good news. That is you that sow ~.;;;;;;_ _ _ _ _ _;;;;;;"J The fruit that your seed planting brings
forth is your crown. Satan will do anything in the seeds of God's Word. If you allow Satan to hinder your family, he will gladly do that as well. his power to hinder that fruit from being produced. Use the power Christ gave you over all your enemies, and The Greek word from which our word "hindered" order Satan out of your life. Don't be hindered. We are is translated is "egkopto" (eng-kop'-to). It means to detain going to take a look at how Satan hindered Paul. or impede. It has also been translated into English as "to And after five priest be tedious unto". I like to call this nit-picking. There are ACTS 24:1 with the elders,days Ananias the high orator descended and with a certain those that are so tedious in their "holy walk" that they named Tertullus, who informed the governor against Paul. actually hinder work being accomplished. Be careful. Satan works in may ways, and usually, the nit-picker is well Tertullus was a lawyer. He was being utilized by Satan intentioned and has no idea Satan is utilizing him to hinder to hinder Paul. Ananias was a high priest appointed by God's work. Let's begin our study with Paul teaching us a Roman governor, not by God. how to recognize those that would hinder the gospel. ACTS 24:2-3 And when he was called forth, Tertullus I THESSALONIANS 2:12 That ye would walk worthy of began to accuse him, saying, "Seeing that by thee we
God, Who hath called you unto His kingdom and glory.

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God does the calling. This is important for you to remember as you plant seeds.
I THESSALONIANS 2:13-14 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe. He For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judaea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews;

enjoy great quietness, and that very worthy deeds are done unto this nation by thy providence: ~ We accept it always, and in all places, most noble Felix, with all thankfulness.

Tertullus is "buttering up" the governor. You can be certain the governor thought Tertullus was a very good judge of character.
ACTS 24:4-5 Notwithstanding, that I be not further tedious unto thee, I pray thee that thou wouldest hear us of thy clemency a few words. Q For we have found this man a pestilent fellow, and a mover of sedition among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes:

Thc Kenites have slipped in with our brother Judah and claim to be of Judah. Paul will warn us that the Kenites are good at hindering God's work being accom­ plished.
I THESSALONIANS 2:15-16 Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men; 16 Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins alway: for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost.

Paul is accused of bcing a cult leader. Many consider those that teach the truth of God's Word a cult today.
ACTS 24:6-7 Who also hath gone about to profane the temple: whom we took,and would have-judged according to our law. z But the chief captain Lysias came upon us, and with great violence took him away out of our hands,

The subject of both I and II Thessalonians is the return of Christ. The cup of God's wrath will be poured out when Christ returns.
I THESSALONIANS 2:17-18 But we, brethren, being taken from you for a short time in presence, not in heart. endeavoured the more abundantly to see your face with great desire. 111 Wherefore we would have come unto you. even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us.

The accusations were outright lies. God always pro­ vides for those that serve Him. Lysias took Paul from them, before they could harm him.

ACTS 24:8-9 Commanding his accusers to come unto thee: by examining of whom thyself mayest take knOWl­ edge of all these things, whereof we accuse him." ft And the Jews also assented, saying that these things were

so.

It is looking bad for Paul.

ACTS 24-10 Then Paul, after that the governor had beckoned unto him to speak, answered, "Forasmuch as I know that thou hast been. of many years a judge unto I THESSALONIANS 2:19-2Q For what is our hope. or this nation, I do the more cheerfully answer for myself: joy. or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the pres­ Paul was a pretty good lawyer. He was confident in ence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming? ZJ2 For ye

Satan detained or impeded Paul.

his ability to defend himself.
ACTS 24: 11-12 Because that thou mayest understand, that there are yet but twelve days since I went up to Jerusalem for to worship. 12 And they neither found me in the temple disputing with any man, neither raising up the people, neither in the synagogues, nor in the city:

the hand of God.
ACTS 24:24 And after certain days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, which was a Jewess, he sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Christ.

Felix wanted to know more about these teachings.
ACTS 24:25 And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, "Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee."

Paul had only been there twelve days and was under the vows of a Nazerite. He couldn't have done the things he was accused of without breaking his vows.
ACTS 24: 13-14 Neither can they prove the things whereof they now accuse me. .1A But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing a/l things which are written in the law and in the prophets:

Felix was almost converted.
ACTS 24:26 He hoped also that money should have been given him of Paul, that he might loose him: wherefore he sent for him the oftener, and communed with him.

The way they called heresy was the way of Jesus Christ. Paul believed and worshipped in the way.
ACTS 24:15 And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.

Paul would often utilize the resurrection issue to divide the Pharisees and Sadducees. You see, the Pharisees believed in life after the flesh and the Sadducees didn't. They started fighting among themselves while the Romans whisked Paul away. He is about to do it again.
ACTS 24:16-18 And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men. II Now after many years I came to bring alms to my nation, and offerings. 18 Whereupon certain Jews from Asia found me purified in the temple, neither with multitude, nor with tumult.

The governor wanted a bribe to set Paul free. Satan utilized those practicing false religion to hinder Paul. We also saw the protecting hand of God over one that loved and served Him. Let's turn to II Corinthians as we continue our study. We are going to take a closer look at the parameters within which Satan must operate.
/I CORINTHIANS 4:1-2 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; g But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.

If you ever want to get on God's bad side, handle His Word deceitfully.
/I CORINTHIANS 4:3-4 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: 9. 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.

The Kenites found Paul in the temple under the vows of a Nazarite causing no problems.
ACTS 24:19 Who ought to have been here before thee, and object, if they had ought against me.

Where are their witnesses? Where is their proof?
ACTS 24:20-21 Or else let these same here say, if they have found any evil doing in me, while I stood before the council, Z1 Except it be for this one voice, that I cried standing among them, 'Touching the resurrection of the dead I am called in question by you this day.' "

The god, note the small "g", of this wo:-ld is Satan. He has the power to influence the minds of people. When you are planting a seed in an unbeliever and you see the scales of Satan blinding them, take names and kick dragon. One of the most hurtful ways Satan hinders is through family. Let's turn to I Peter.
I PETER 3:7 Likewise ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.

There was only one reason Paul was standing there at this point. He was teaching the way of Jesus Christ. There is life after death of the tlesh.
ACTS 24:22 And when Felix heard these things, having more perfect knowledge of that way, he deferred them, and said, "When Lysias the chief captain shall come down, I will know the uttermost of your matter."

Felix was knowledgeable about Christianity, and he knew Paul could not have done as accused under the vow of a Nazerite. The governor then put the accusers off, until he could hear what Lysias had to say.
ACTS 24:23 And he commanded a centurion to keep Paul, and to let him have liberty, and that he should forbid none of his acquaintance to minister or come unto him.

Man and wife are one flesh. In the knowledge of God, they share equally in the inheritance of unmerited favor from God. But. if you allow Satan into your home. your prayers may be hindered. God will let Satan have his way with you and your family, just as He let Satan have his way with Job. Jesus Christ gave you authority over all of your enemies, including Satan. Exercise that authority! Don't allow Satan to hinder your relationship with God or your family. Don't allow him to hinder your efforts to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. In His Service.

Paul was to be protected by his rights as a Roman citizen. Undoubtedly, Paul was also being protected by

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