Connections and Comparisons is an ongoing weekly series that deals with many scriptures in the Bible, some of which are not commonly addressed. The purpose of this series is to examine the scriptures at hand comparing what is said and looking at the connections within.
2 Corinthians 3:1-6
1 Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some others, epistles of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you?
2 Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:
3 Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.
4 And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward:
5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;
6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
Your life is a written epistle known and read of all men and You Never Know Who is Watching You!! You may think I don’t care what people think of me. I’m going to do whatever I feel like whenever I feel like. But You Never Know Who is Watching You!! Your actions in your life can have a major impact on multitudes of people.
1 And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes.
2 And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,
3 Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains:
4 Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him.
You Never Know Who is Watching You!!
5 And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.
6 But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him,
7 And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.
Jesus had his eye on him!!
8 For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.
9 And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.
10 And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country.
11 Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding.
12 And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them.
13 And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea.
14 And they that fed the swine fled, and told it in the city, and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that was done.
You Never Know Who is Watching You!! You may think I don’t care what people think of me. I’m going to do whatever I feel like whenever I feel like. But You Never Know Who is Watching You and the impact you can have on multitudes of people. This man possessed with a legion of demons had no idea that Jesus had his eye upon him and was going to set him free!! It could be you next!! Even if you think it will never happen to me. One day, maybe today, you will be set free and your actions in your life can have a major impact on multitudes of people.
15 And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.
16 And they that saw it told them how it befell to him that was possessed with the devil, and also concerning the swine.
17 And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts.
Through one man being delivered of a legion of demons by Jesus Christ all eyes were now upon him and Jesus!! What will your response be onlooker? Will you ask Jesus to depart out of your city? Will you oppose the Almighty God of the heavens and the earth? Or will you rejoice with Jesus and the one delivered from their demon possession and welcome the Master to your city with great joy and not fear?
18 And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him.
19 Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.
20 And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.
This man wanted to follow Jesus but Jesus knew that Decapolis needed a witness. This man went home and told all of his friends!! This could be you this very day!! He spread forth how Jesus had compassion upon him and published all throughout Decapolis “and all men did marvel.” You Never Know Who is Watching You!!
31 And again, departing from the coasts of Tyre and Sidon, he came unto the sea of Galilee, through the midst of the coasts of Decapolis.
32 And they bring unto him one that was deaf, and had an impediment in his speech; and they beseech him to put his hand upon him.
33 And he took him aside from the multitude, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spit, and touched his tongue;
34 And looking up to heaven, he sighed, and saith unto him, Ephphatha, that is, Be opened.
35 And straightway his ears were opened, and the string of his tongue was loosed, and he spake plain.
The man who was possessed of the devil had published all throughout Decapolis what wonderful things Jesus Christ had done for him!! A whole multitude of people were stirred up by the testimony of a man that was delivered of demon possession who once had all eyes upon him because he was mad, and cutting himself, and no man could tame or keep him bound!!
36 And he charged them that they should tell no man: but the more he charged them, so much the more a great deal they published it;
37 And were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well: he maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.
You Never Know Who is Watching You!!
1 Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews:
2 And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures,
3 Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ.
4 And some of them believed, and consorted with Paul and Silas; and of the devout Greeks a great multitude, and of the chief women not a few.
Your witness for Jesus Christ can be felt around the world as God changes your life and gives you ministries to witness of him around the world. Whether it be in person or by means of the internet!! You Never Know Who is Watching You!!
5 But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and set all the city on an uproar, and assaulted the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people.
6 And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also;
It’s time to turn your world upside down through the power of the Holy Ghost!! Yes you!! This day God could set you free and anoint you to turn your world upside down and not your world alone but the entire world through your ministries given to you by God to reach out all over the world. Whether in person or through internet ministries of which are powerful methods for reaching souls around the world for the glory of God!!
7 Whom Jason hath received: and these all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, one Jesus.
8 And they troubled the people and the rulers of the city, when they heard these things.
You Never Know Who is Watching You!! “He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth.” (Lk 11:23) Which one are you? “We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)” (2 Cor 6:1-2)
9 And when they had taken security of Jason, and of the other, they let them go.
10 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.
11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
12 Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.
You Never Know Who is Watching You!! Those of Berea “received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” They did not believe blindly what they were being taught!! Do you? If you don’t know the Word of God and search out the scriptures daily to see what you are being taught by your Pastor or teacher then you will believe anything no matter how out of context what you are being taught is. Blown “with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;” (Eph 4:14)
13 But when the Jews of Thessalonica had knowledge that the word of God was preached of Paul at Berea, they came thither also, and stirred up the people.
14 And then immediately the brethren sent away Paul to go as it were to the sea: but Silas and Timotheus abode there still.
Are you gathering in with Jesus or are you scattering abroad with satan? Are you asking Jesus into your country and into your city? Or are you pleading with him to depart from your coasts and your borders? You Never Know Who is Watching You!! “For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh. And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” (Lk 6:43-46)
51 And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem,
52 And sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him.
53 And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem.
54 And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did?
55 But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of.
56 For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.
Some nations, some territories, some peoples, some counties, and some cities may reject Jesus Christ at the first!! Or a new people arise in their place and over time they reject Jesus Christ as where their former people’s of that land may not have rejected Christ!! Should we call upon the Lord and command that fire should come down out of heaven and consume them all? What spirit are you of? Do you know? If Jesus would have said yes, then how could the people of Samaria ever receive the Word of God and be saved? You Never Know Who is Watching You!!
5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them.
6 And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.
7 For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed.
8 And there was great joy in that city.
Today could be the day that you are delivered of devils that have been possessing your vessel!! It’s time to get to a Church that is Holy Ghost filled, preaching the truth, and be set free of the demon possession you are living under!! Today could be the day that you receive the miracle to your body or mind that you have so long lived with and are desperately in need of Jesus to deliver you!! It’s time to get to a Church that is Holy Ghost filled, preaching the truth, and be set free by the miracle working power of Jesus Christ!! Are you to concerned with who is looking at you? Do you have to much fear or pride in your life preventing you from reaching out to Jesus for what you have need of concerning your life? You Never Know Who is Watching You!! You may find that God delivers you of all of your addictions and afflictions in your life and you may become a world changer!! You could be the one that God calls to set your city, your nation, your world on fire for God!! Go turn our world upside down!!
16 And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:
17 The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.
You Never Know Who is Watching You!! Even satan was watching Paul even as satan and his angels are watching you!!
18 And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.
19 And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the marketplace unto the rulers,
20 And brought them to the magistrates, saying, These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city,
21 And teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans.
You may cost people some money as they come out from their corrupt practices!! You may cause your city to want to cast you into prison!! You may cause your city to become zealous of our God and have a mighty move of God and revival!!
22 And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them.
23 And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely:
You may bear in your body the marks of the Lord Jesus!! While your witness causes many people to convert to the truth to the saving of their souls!!
24 Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.
25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.
You Never Know Who is Watching You!! It didn’t matter to the Apostle Paul and Silas that they were surrounded by other prisoners and were currently sitting in a prison because they were preaching the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ!! Even after being beat and cast into prison unjustly the Apostle Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God “and the prisoners heard them.”
26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.
You Never Know Who is Watching You and the multitudes of people that are affected by you!!
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