PRay, Hear, Accept, Go

Part 1

Monday, September 28, 2020

This week we are going to be looking at a passage in the Book of Acts: as you can see it is entitled “Pray, hear, accept and go.” The first few days of this week I am in Alexandria, at Lake Geneva Christian Center (Bible Camp), for a presbyter meeting and a few days of Prayer & Fasting retreat. Our “Movement” – denomination – sprung directly from a group of 300 ministers doing just that. They prayed individually and heard from the Lord; they came together corporately and prayed some more – again hearing from God. And the amazing thing was, that group of 300 accepted God’s direction and it became the mission of a new “Movement” called the Assemblies of God. The “Mission” they received from the Lord was to become the greatest evangelistic and missions sending organization in the world. 

Today, 100+ years later the A/G numbers over 65 million worldwide and is growing at an astounding rate. Now before we (those of us who belong to the Assemblies of God) begin patting ourselves on the back too much, let me remind us that it is not about us, but about Jesus. If it ever becomes about the movement, or a particular church, we will die, become a byword within Christendom. It is about the power of the Holy Spirit, about His empowering of God’s people (whoever they may be, or whatever denominational flag they fly) to reach the lost around the globe with the message of the Gospel.


I am excited to be here, at this annual Prayer and fasting event, but I am more excited that I am in the Kingdom of God and get to be a part of His work. God’s heart remains the same: that None Should Perish. Each of us, as we come into fellowship with Jesus, are called to be a part of the global team, charged with reaching the lost, wherever they are, with the hope of Jesus.  


Let’s look at our passage for this week’s study:

Acts 4:23-37 “As soon as they were freed, Peter and John returned to the other believers and told them what the leading priests and elders had said. 24 When they heard the report, all the believers lifted their voices together in prayer to God: “O Sovereign Lord, Creator of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them — 25 you spoke long ago by the Holy Spirit through our ancestor David, your servant, saying, ‘Why were the nations so angry? Why did they waste their time with futile plans? 26 The kings of the earth prepared for battle; the rulers gathered together against the Lord and against his Messiah.’ 
27 “In fact, this has happened here in this very city! For Herod Antipas, Pontius Pilate the governor, the Gentiles, and the people of Israel were all united against Jesus, your holy servant, whom you anointed. 28 But everything they did was determined beforehand according to your will. 29 And now, O Lord, hear their threats, and give us, your servants, great boldness in preaching your word. 30 Stretch out your hand with healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” 31 After this prayer, the meeting place shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. Then they preached the word of God with boldness. 32 All the believers were united in heart and mind. And they felt that what they owned was not their own, so they shared everything they had. 33 The apostles testified powerfully to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and God’s great blessing was upon them all. 34 There were no needy people among them, because those who owned land or houses would sell them 35 and bring the money to the apostles to give to those in need. 36 For instance, there was Joseph, the one the apostles nicknamed Barnabas (which means “Son of Encouragement”). He was from the tribe of Levi and came from the island of Cyprus. 37 He sold a field he owned and brought the money to the apostles”

The New Testament church was still in its infancy when Peter and John were apprehended and questioned by some of the High Priests, scribes, and rulers about their activities.


When we pick up the account in verse 23 they have now returned to the church body to report what had happened. What we have to understand here is that they still had very little knowledge of what preaching the Gospel would mean, or what the preaching of the Gospel would cause. Suddenly it has become very real to them that they could very well be persecuted.


Isn’t it ironic that the greatest message ever, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, would meet with such opposition? 


Continued Tomorrow


Pray, Hear, Accept, Go

part 2

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

All we are trying to do is to save men from hell, yet that is the very thing they resist. Peter and John were questioned because of healing a man in the Name of Jesus. Somehow the healing of a 40-year old man was being looked upon with suspicion.  

After they reported what happened, look at the response of the church in Acts 4:24, “When they heard the report, all the believers lifted their voices together in prayer to God…” I love the fact that their first response was to pray!

In Acts 4:24 “They lifted their voices to God with one accord.” The first priority of this Church ( both the A/G and WCA) has always been prayer - and it is my deepest desire for that to stay the same. Prayer is the heartbeat of the Church and the heartbeat of your own personal relationship with God. Without it, we go nowhere. The first thing the New Testament church did was pray. The Church was birthed in prayer and it is sustained in prayer. 

Good preaching is not what makes a church effective; prayer does. In fact, without prayer there is no such thing as good preaching. Without prayer there is no anointing on the preached Word. Look at what they were praying for in Acts 4:29: “…and give us, your servants, great boldness in preaching your word.” They were praying so that they could speak with confidence. They were praying so that their words would have power to them.  

Prayer must remain the priority of our lives and our church because the opposite of prayer is pride. As soon as pride rules the church, we may as well shut its doors. Prayer is your acknowledgment of need. The act of prayer says; “I cannot do this myself.”  

Look at this quote from E. M. Bounds:   

The whole force of Bible statement is to increase our faith in the doctrine that prayer affects God, secures favors from God, which can be secured in no other way, and which will not be bestowed by God if we do not pray. The whole canon of Bible teaching is to illustrate the great truth that God hears and answers prayer.  One of the great purposes of God in His book is to impress upon us indelibly the great importance, the priceless value, and the absolute necessity of asking God for the things which we need for time and eternity.

God is vitally concerned that men should pray. Men are bettered by prayer, and the world is bettered by praying.  God does His best work for the world through prayer. God’s greatest glory, and man’s highest good, are secured by prayer. Prayer forms the godliest men and makes the godliest world. God’s promises lie like giant corpses without life, only for decay and dust unless men appropriate and vivify these promises by earnest and prevailing prayer.  

In the Sermon on the Mount, Christ lays down constitutional principles. Types and shadows are retired, and the law of spiritual life is declared. In this foundation law of the Christian system prayer assumes a conspicuous, if not a paramount, position.  Christ puts prayer among the statutory promises. He does not leave it to natural law.  The law of need, demand and supply, or the law of helplessness, however strong as motives of action, are not the basis of praying.  Christ puts it as spiritual law. Men must pray.  Not to pray is not simply an omission, but a positive violation of law, of spiritual life, a crime, bringing disorder and ruin. Prayer is law world-wide and eternity reaching. ( EM Bounds, “The Reality of Prayer”)

Acts 4:31 “After this prayer, the meeting place shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit…” After they had prayed the Holy Spirit gave them a sign. The place was shaken. The word which is translated “was shaken” commonly denotes “violent agitation,” as the raging of the sea, or the convulsion of an earthquake. The language here expresses the idea of an earthquake. They probably regarded this as an answer to their prayer, or an evidence that God would be with them. Among the Jews an earthquake was regarded as a striking and impressive proof of the presence of Yahweh.


Continued Tomorrow

Pray, Hear, Accept, Go

part 3

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Psalms 68:8 “The earth quaked; The heavens also dropped rain at the presence of God; Sinai itself quaked at the presence of God, the God of Israel.” Even among the pagans, an earthquake was regarded as proof of the presence and favor of the Deity. The bottom line is this; while they were in prayer God gave them a sign. When it comes to spiritual hearing it’s not always limited to audible sounds. God may speak to us in many different ways. The point is – without spending time in His presence you cannot hear God no matter how it is that He is speaking to you. We pray and then we hear God.  

Hebrews 5:14 “But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.” Because of practice our senses are trained to discern. Some of the other translations say, by reason of use our senses are trained. By practice or reason of use, our ability to hear God is increased. We are talking about our ability to hear God. Hearing can also mean discernment. In this case prayer is the “practice” or the “use” we are talking about.

The most powerful prayer times I have are by myself. I love private prayer. I think private prayer is the fuel for public prayer. If our public prayer meetings were not preceded with private prayer, there would be very little life in them. So even though I personally push the church’s prayer meetings it is not from the perspective that this is the only place you can pray. It has more to do with what is mentioned in verse 24 “they lifted their voices to God with one accord.”  

The primary purpose for public prayer is the issue of being in one accord. As long as we are in one accord, understanding our purpose, God moves in marvelous ways. I have come out of prayer meetings many times with the sense that God is going to do something in our service and inevitably He does. Being in one accord is the key in hearing the voice of God. Subsequently, I promote prayer meetings, but I still maintain that the most important part of the prayer life is the private prayer times. 

Several times during a typical week, I will go into the sanctuary to pray. I love to put on some worship music that stirs my spirit, turn the lights down (or not use them at all), and then just walk through the sanctuary and simply worship God for an hour or so. Those are the times that God speaks to me the most. Many, many times, the messages I preach on Sundays are born in those prayer times. That is where I hear God, and if I don’t have those times or if, by the failure of use, I spend very little time in prayer, I have a hard time hearing God, I have a hard time discerning what He is saying to us.


Continued Tomorrow

Spiritual Capacity

Part 1

Monday, September 21, 2020

This week we will be looking at the 26th chapter of Acts, considering, as you can see by the title, “Spiritual Capacity.” What is spiritual capacity? Do you/I have it? Can it increase or shrink? Do you/I have control over it?
Acts 26:16-17 “Now get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen of me and what I will show you. 17 I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them.”  

In this chapter, Paul is reiterating his conversion experience. In verse 16 we see the practicality of Christ who says, “Now get up and stand on your feet.” Jesus had a great work ethic, and was not ever concerned with being politically correct. Paul had just been knocked off his donkey, he was blind, he had no idea of what was going on, and all Jesus says to him is, “Get up! What are you doing on the ground? I’ve got work for you to do!” 


I was raised to believe very much in a strong work ethic - almost to an extreme at times (just ask my family if you need confirmation). People who have a strong work ethic feel responsible for themselves. People without a work ethic develop a victim mentality, which ultimately causes them to believe that others are responsible for their happiness or their unhappiness. Jesus was not about to allow Paul to develop a victim mentality. He says, “Now get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness..." 

There are two things we need to focus in on here: Paul was saved to serve, and to witness. A servant does. A witness is. Serving God is the doing of the work of the Kingdom. Being a witness is more of a condition than anything else – it is a state of being. I believe that mostly we serve God through our talents and giftings, but our ministry is our ability to bring Jesus into whatever situation we may be in.  

We can serve God by witnessing. However, witnessing - where you actually go out and share your faith -  and being a witness, can be two totally different things. Being a witness is more of a state of being than the actual act of witnessing. I primarily serve God through teaching and preaching - but my ministry is totally dependent upon my prayer and Word/Bible life. Without those things I have no ministry. If I am not spending adequate time in the presence of God and in His Word, I’m incapable of ministry. I have no ability in my own strength to bring the presence of Jesus into any situation I’m facing.  

So how do you serve God? Ephesians 4 says that God gave some to be apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers – for the equipping of the saints for the work, or you could say “service of the ministry.” To answer the question of how do you serve God: it’s through your work. If you are a carpenter, you serve God through the gifts and talents He has given you. If you are a nurse, you serve God the same way. This could be said of every job or position out there. Your ministry, however, is expressed through your ability to bring Jesus into your current situation. The majority of what we call “ministry” takes place outside of the church building, not in it. The church building is just a filling station – an equipping station for the work that you do on a daily basis.    

If you’re from Christian Assembly, you have probably heard me share these principles before, but they are such critical points, and pertinent to the Gospel, that I’m going to focus on a couple of them again in this larger study, this week.    

In verse 18 we read of Paul’s commission. Acts 26:18 “ open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.” Opening their eyes is revelation, which relates to being a witness. Turning them from darkness to light is a physical action, it relates to serving them.


Continued tomorrow

Spiritual Capacity

part 2

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

There is a process of growth in this message to Paul; it comes in the form of steps. 


The first step is the call to come. Jesus begins the same way with all of us: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). The first thing Jesus does with Paul after his Damascus road experience is to call him to Himself by sending him to the desert. In the desert Paul gets to know Jesus intimately; subsequently, he becomes what God wants him to be, long before He sends Paul out to work the Kingdom. 

Before He ascended into heaven, Jesus told His disciples to “go to Jerusalem and to tarry there until they were filled with the Spirit of God” (Acts 1:4) – before they went out to do the business of the Kingdom. Jesus always calls us to be before He calls us to do. The reason for that is this: if a person tries to do the work of the Kingdom before they are what God wants them to be, they can do serious damage because they are out there in the Name of Jesus long before they reflect His character.   


Now I want to go over to the other step in this growth process. The first step is the call to “come,” the call to draw near and become what He wants us to be. The second step is to “go.”  Acts 26:17 says, “I am sending you to them.” I am sending you; therefore, you must go. 

Spiritual capacity

Now let’s go back to our text in Acts chapter 26 and take another look at the scene before us. Paul is in court making his case. He hasn’t really been charged with anything that has any substance to it, so he takes advantage of the opportunity presented to him and shares his testimony. 


That’s what the first part of this chapter is all about, when suddenly he gets interrupted by Festus. Festus thinks Paul is crazy. Acts 26:24 “And while Paul was saying this in his defense, Festus said in a loud voice, ‘Paul, you are out of your mind! Your great learning is driving you mad.’”

Paul answers him in verse 25 and says, “I’m not insane most excellent Festus.” How could Festus possibly his claim that Paul is nuts when he called Festus “most excellent”? Usually you don’t refer to people who praise you as crazy. So Paul effectively shuts Festus down and then turns his attention to King Agrippa. 

Notice how King Agrippa responds to Paul. Acts 26:28 “Then Agrippa said to Paul, ‘Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?’” Here is where King Agrippa is in grave danger: he has been brought near to Christ and yet refuses. 


Truth received and not responded to means spiritual declension and loss of capacity. This is such a critical point in all of our lives. King Agrippa has been brought face to face with truth. His failure to respond to it means not only spiritual declension in his life but also the loss of spiritual capacity. In other words, he has deteriorated in his ability to even receive truth. 

There is great danger being within the hearing of truth week after week and yet failing to do anything about it. The failure to respond, the failure to go, or the failure to serve, means that our ability to hear is diminished, and we shrink our spiritual capacity. The Bible indicates that it would almost be better to have never heard the Gospel than to sit within the hearing of it and do nothing about it (to the point where we can no longer hear it, spiritually speaking).  

I love how Jesus teaches this principle in Mark 4 about increasing spiritual-capacity. Mark 4:22 “For nothing is hidden, except to be revealed; nor has anything been secret, but that it should come to light.” Jesus is talking about the secrets to the Kingdom in these verses. He says, “I want you to understand these mysteries, these hidden things. They’re meant to be open, and disclosed.”


This is all about spiritual-capacity, the ability to not only hear what God is saying but to understand it. Mark 4:23 “If any man has ears to hear, let him hear.”


Continued tomorrow

Spiritual Capacity

part 3

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Jesus is basically saying that all we need to do to understand the mysteries of the Kingdom is to hear what God is saying. In other words, God is continually speaking these truths, but we need the kind of ears that can hear. We need ears that can hear spiritually.


Most people would respond to that by saying, “How do we develop those kinds of ears?” I think Jesus anticipated that and so He gives us this little principle in Mark 4:24 and 25. Mark 4:24 “And He was saying to them, ‘Take care what you listen to. By your standard of measure it shall be measured to


When God speaks to us, be careful. He gives a warning. Take care because by the standard of your measure, it will be measured back to you. Jesus is talking about how we respond when God speaks to us. When God speaks to us the first time, that which determines how much we will hear the second time is how much (and how quickly and how well) we respond the first time. The measure of my response is measured back to me.


But then the last part of this verse deals with spiritual capacity when it says, “and more shall be given you.” The context here is spiritual hearing. So when God speaks to us the measure of our response is measured back to us – but then there is an increase. Our capacity to hear the second time is greater. And it is increased according to the measure of our response.


So when God speaks to us, if we will respond, we will hear Him again - but we will hear more. Mark 4:25 “For whoever has, to him shall more be given; and whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him.” Here Jesus is telling us that some people have a greater capacity to hear than others, and those who have, keep getting more; while those who do not have capacity to hear will   lose even what little capacity they had.


That almost sounds unfair, doesn’t it? Why do some get more and others get less? We need to realize that this is not a fairness issue at all. Every one of us has the same exact opportunity to increase our spiritual capacity – however some take advantage of it and others do not.  

Under this principle, those who have, have because they respond and because they respond each time; their ability to hear increases, so those who have continue to get more. But those who do not have do not have, because they choose not to respond. Because of their lack of response, even the little they had is taken away from them. Jesus doesn’t choose some people to be spiritual giants while determining that others will barely understand spiritual truths. Each person determines that for themselves by their response to what they hear.

That is why I said King Agrippa was in a very serious situation when he was in the hearing of the preaching of the Gospel but chose not to respond to it. Truth received, but not responded to, means spiritual declension and the loss of capacity. You can dull your hearing and lose your ability to hear the Lord by your failure to respond.  

Most ministries are birthed through a person or group of people who respond to the Lord’s voice concerning a particular need. God may lay a burden on a person’s heart, and the more they respond to that burden, the greater that burden grows until finally they say, “Somebody needs to do something about that need.” Suddenly, “Voila!” a ministry is born. 

In one of my Bible reading plans, I have been reading in the book of Deuteronomy. Deuteronomy is a re-cap of the history of God’s people. I was struck with the fact that many times they failed to take the step of faith they needed to in order to walk into all that God had for them. Waseca Christian Assembly would not exist today if Steve O’Brien had not taken the steps of faith he needed to (I am personally so glad he did). However, the faith to take those steps came from continually responding to the words he kept hearing God speak to him. 


We must respond to both the spoken Word of God as well as the written Word of God. I just talked about the spoken Word, now I want to focus on the written Word.


Many of the hidden truths of God’s Word require more spiritual intelligence than most Christians can bring to them. To apprehend them requires a certain measure of spiritual capacity and habitual exercise in the things of God, which very few possess because they don’t have a longing for fellowship with Jesus. That’s evidenced by our overall prayerlessness.

The truths of God’s Word are revealed through spiritual intelligence. Just think of the task Jesus had in trying to get His followers to see things spiritually.  I believe there is a “spiritual-intelligence quotient” referred to in the Bible. In Ephesians 1:18, Paul said, “I pray that the eyes of your heart [understanding] may be enlightened.” 


Continued tomorrow

Spiritual Capacity

part 4

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Jesus often referred to this “spiritual intelligence quotient” when He said, “I have many things to say that are too hard for you to understand” John 16:12


The “hard sayings” of Jesus were not solely a reference to Him saying things that were difficult for us to accept. Many times, the reference to “hard sayings” referred to spiritual-intelligence or the ability to understand. To apprehend them requires a certain measure of spiritual-capacity and habitual exercise in the things of God. To understand the Scriptures, one must have a certain spiritual-capacity. One must have the ability to house spiritual truth. And that ability comes through the habitual exercise in the things of God.  

When I was a kid, a bunch of us would spend time from mid-summer toward fall doing some running. I had one friend who seemed like he could run forever and not even break a sweat. The reason he had that capacity was from habitual exercise. You see, we started running in the second half of July, to get ready for football conditioning, but Rick ran all the time. He was one of those people who just enjoyed running and being in condition all the time.

Habitual exercise in the things of God is what is missing in our lives today. How are we ever going to come to the place of great spiritual-capacity without the daily exercise of prayer and the Word of God?

In his book, “The Pursuit of God,” A.W. Tozer writes:


Sound Bible exposition is an imperative and a must in the Church of the Living God. Without it, no church can be a New Testament church in any strict meaning of that term.


But exposition may be carried on in such a way as to leave the hearers devoid of any true spiritual nourishment whatever. For it is not mere words that nourish the soul, but God Himself, and unless and until the hearers find God in personal experience they are not the better for having heard the truth.  
The Bible is not an end in itself, but a means to bring men to an intimate and satisfying knowledge of God, that they may enter into Him, that they may delight in His Presence, may taste and know that inner sweetness of the very God Himself in the core and center of their hearts.

Tozer was speaking of more than just a simple study of God’s Word, but rather a devouring of God’s Word as sustenance to the soul. He is talking about taking God’s Word into the core and center of our beings.


I would say the same thing about the presence of God. We need more than just the practice of prayer in our lives. Our prayer lives are to come out of a passion for His presence, a longing to sit at His feet.  

But it’s not just the doing of that – it’s the desire to do that which makes the difference. I love the idea of denying my flesh of sleep in order to be with Jesus. The desire and subsequent obedience to what God is saying is what creates spiritual-capacity.

Going back to the idea of serving vs ministering: the minister has to understand that, that which is going forth from them, that which is the actual effect of their lives, is the knowledge of Christ. If you house the Spirit of God within you, when you speak in His Name you convey the very knowledge of Christ Himself. But it is more than just knowledge. There is a very big difference between giving out the truth concerning the Lord Jesus, (truth which cannot be denied, because it is truth), and that strange, deep, indispensable element, that we are that truth.


Continued tomorrow

Spiritual Capacity

part 5

Friday, September 25, 2020

Those who know Christ personally witness the truth of Jesus Christ. That differs greatly from some theologian who does not know Christ, even though he/she may be sharing undeniable facts about Jesus. I have watched many learned men - trained theologians, smart people, who share many truths about Christ, and they are truths - but who are ineffective because of what is missing in their own lives. They have no effect, because they don’t personally know Jesus; all they can share is truth about Him.  

But those who actually know Him are the truth! We are the truth in the same way that Paul, standing in front of the King, as a witness to the power and glory of Christ, was the truth. The truth takes its power, its strength, from the fact that there are those who are the living expression of it. In Paul’s service to God, he became His witness. He had gone through the depths being tested, tried, taken from place to place, subjected to experiences of intense severity, and yet he stands before the King without complaint – hoping beyond hope that King Agrippa will get saved through his testimony.   

In the fire of trials and tests we learn Christ, and therefore we become the embodiment of the knowledge of Christ. Wherever the servants of God go, they attain the witness, through their service, that they have more than just truth to give but that their very lives are the truth of the Gospel. In short, it is Christ ministered - not Christ ministered about, but Christ ministered.

This is why discipleship is so critical to us. The disciple responds to the truth he hears and subsequently, his capacity to receive continues to grow. The greater our capacity to receive truth – the greater our ability to reveal Christ.  

This must be all-consuming. Our lives’ primary, and only, priority must be the revelation of Jesus to every person we encounter. When our lives get wrapped up with things that have nothing to do with Jesus, even though they are good, clean, non sinful activities, if our objective is not the revelation of Jesus to those around us, we have no ministry.   

King Agrippa made the mistake of challenging Paul by saying, “Do you really think you can convert me in such a short time?” Paul was probably the greatest revelation of the Savior on earth at the time. His whole life was dedicated to serving God and becoming what God wanted him to be so that he might be a powerful revelation of Him. So when he stood before the king and shared the Gospel, his very being became the witness to the truth. And yet the King does not respond resulting in a decrease in his ability to respond.

Look at how Paul answers the King in Acts 26:29. Right after King Agrippa scoffs, “Do you really think you can convert me is such a short time.” Paul responds, “Short time or long – I pray God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains.”

I believe Paul was making reference to himself being a revelation of the truth of Christ, when he said, “I want you to become what I am.” Obviously Paul knew that he could not save anyone from their sins. He wasn’t just saying, “I wish you were all like me,” because that would not have gotten them anywhere. He says, “I pray that you may become what I am.” Paul’s service to God turned him into a witness and revelation of Christ. Paul didn’t just witness about Christ, he ministered Christ, when he witnessed.  

Paul was all about being a revelation. He knew his conflict was spiritual. He knew that we do not war according to the flesh. He knew he wasn’t really up against King Agrippa. He knew that his struggle was not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of darkness, and the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.

Do you remember Jesus’ of the mission He gave Paul on the road to Damascus? Acts 26:18 “…to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God.” Jesus told Paul to open other people’s spiritual eyes. That requires spiritual revelation. And the reason for that is because people, without Christ, are in the grip and power of Satan. This is what Jesus told Paul. People are in the grip of the enemy and do not understand it. Logic will not open the eyes of humankind. Revelation will.