Biblical study guide series #3: The overcoming the world mindset, What If Believer’s Rules for Living Life Worked?

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The Overcoming the World’s Mindset, a Biblical Healing Study Guide 

There are six study guides in this series on healing. The first two build information why people should believe God about being healed and that it is His will for all mankind to be healed. Starting with the fall of Adam and Eve, sickness and disease entered the world. They were made perfect, and after the fall their bodies started deteriorating they died (Romans 5:11, 12).  There was now a need to be healed because death passed upon all mankind, and God was and still is willing to heal us

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Fast and easy studies on  subjects  that offer biblical reference to allow the student to make up his or her mind on what the Bible says about healing. In areas of living life today, we spend a lot of time studying social media. Better yet, why not spend at least the same time learning something that can heal you!

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to live life abundantly according to Acts 2:38-47 

The third Biblical Healing Study Guide shows how the religious elite tried to control the Jewish believers by physical violence, jailing, killing and braking up families. The purpose of this study guide is to come to grips with reality that regardless what the religious elite say they don’t want anybody healed, they lose control and dollars

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The Study Guide Table of Contents and study materials follow. The first is an outline of subjects and the second is a lengthy breakdown for Rules for Radicals

Table of Contents (Outline of Subjects)

New Testament information believing on Jesus Christ:

  • Apostles’ doctrine
  • God’s protection the original twelve apostles’ legacies
  • How to save (protect) yourself and your family from this perverse generation
  • Persecution of the first century church
  • Salvation, same as saved
  • Saved (made whole) includes physical safety

 The mind subjects:

  • Using God’s Spirit and the power of the name of Jesus Christ to overcome the attacks of political correctness
  • Using God’s Spirit and the power of the name of Jesus Christ to overcome the worldly elite, world’s press, social medias and attacks from within the religions of the world

 Other subjects:

  • 11 rules for radicals
  • 21 confrontations with the Jewish religious elites
  • What the rules for radicals’ attacks consist of
  • Cause confusion
  • Cause division            
  • Cause enemy to retreat         
  • Cause factions
  • Cause fear
  • Cause unbelief of God’s word
  • Control what you teach, silence others that teach different then your agenda
  • Control the power
  • Ends justify the means
  • Freeze your target
  • Keep the pressure on your enemy
  • Lie about your enemies or targets
  • Murder is okay
  • Personalize and polarize your attacks on people, not companies
  • Pick your target
  • Promote mob violence
  • Ridicule
  • Speak evil of your enemies
  • Threaten, imprison and cause physical harm

Further Information: Comparison with Rules for Radicals

 

First Century Church destroyed from within

 

Rule for Radicals #1Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have: 

The first confrontation between Jewish religious elite and the First Century Church happened after the healing of the paralyzed man in Acts 3:1-11

Rule #2Never go outside the expertise (experience) of your people:

There were other examples of believers going outside their experience of the law and staying in the freedom of the new birth for a period of time

Going out of your experience causes confusion in a positive way, not how the religious elites would have wanted

Going out of your experience causes fear in a positive way

Going out of your experience causes retreat in a positive way

Rule #3 Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy:

Cause confusion

Cause fear

Cause retreat

The church’s answer to Rule #3

Rule #4 Make your enemy live up to its own book of rules:

This book of rules for believers was they continued steadfastly in the apostle’s doctrine (Acts 2:42, 4:23-35)

How the First Century Church lived according to the apostles’ doctrine

The First Century Church believers lived according to the apostles’ doctrine and in the power of the name of Jesus Christ

As long as the church today lives up to the rules of the word, the opponents of the word will be powerless. The key points to the believer’s victory today are

Rule #5Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon

Jesus was the greatest example of ridicule, they mocked him, killed him, but he rose from the dead.  If you were a religious elite, what would you think when you saw him alive after his death, how wrong could you have been? (Matthew 27:41, Mark 15:31) Believers should do what Jesus did, say nothing and deal with their emotions to not let it affect their mind, unless God tells them what to speak. (Matthew 20:19, 27:2-41)

Rule #6 – A good tactic is one your people enjoy:

From the point of view of the religious elite, the main tactic was the persecution of the Church, which they thought was good, but were they really having a ball doing it?  Not many examples of them enjoying killing believers, but you have to go with Paul as an example. He was breathing out threatening and slaughters (murder), showing his commitment to destroying the believers, both men and women (Acts 9:1, 2) This shows the level of commitment Paul went to, persecuting believers including killing, arresting and bringing them back to Jerusalem.  What regard did he have for their children?  Just shows the intensity and viciousness of trying to destroy believers and no regard for human beings’ lives (Acts 22:1-5)

Rule #7 A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag

Rule #8 – Keep the pressure on, never let up:

Rule #9 A threat is more terrifying than the thing itself:

The church’s answer to threats is speaking the truth in the situation. (Acts 4:19, 20, 5:29-32)

Rule #10 The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative:

Rule #11- Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it and polarize it:

Freeze it

Immobilize your target through fear or shock, make your target stop suddenly from what he is doing and have him remain motionless.  The religious elite targeted those who used the name of Jesus Christ, but couldn’t freeze it (Acts 4:18-20, 5:28, 29, Romans 6:16, Galatians 3:1-3, 5:1-7)

Personalize it

Polarize it

 Additional attacks of Rules for Radicals to destroy their enemies

 Mark your target, make their actions where they own them, mark their actions with their initials

Divide your target’s actions sharply into opposing factions, political groups

Factions

Target a group or clique within a larger group and cause them strife, intrigue and dissension within your target’s group

Intrigue

Accomplish or force your target’s polarization by crafty plotting or underhanded machinations to bring it about.  Machinations are crafty schemes, plots and intrigues, usually with an evil intent.

Paul was targeted by the religious elite; they didn’t try to kill him at this time just expelled him from their area (Acts 13:45-52)

Rules for Radicals “The Lie”

The lie is the major tactic that is designed to intimidate the opposition and is used somewhat in all the rules to control the masses and have them stay obedient to the ruling class and feel it is part of rule

The religious elite used blasphemy (speak evil of) as a tactic, part of the lie

The First Century Church’s answers to the religious elites using the tactics of lying

 A recap of the Rules for Radicals

Rule #1 Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have. If your organization is small, hide your numbers in the dark and raise a din that will make everyone think you have many more people than you do. Control your power by any means available

Rule #2Never go outside the experience of your people. Your people will become confused, fearful and will retreat, leave the battlefield

Rule #3Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy. Here you want to cause them confusion, fear and retreat

Rule #4 Make your enemy live up to its own book of rules. You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian Church can live up to Christianity

Rule #5 Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It’s hard to counterattack ridicule, and it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage

Rule #6 A good tactic is one your people enjoy. If your people aren’t having a ball doing it, there is something very wrong with the tactic

Rule #7 A tactic that drags on too long become a drag.  Commitment may become ritualistic as people turn to other issues

Rule #8Keep the pressure on, never let up. Use different tactics and actions and use all events of the period for your purpose. The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon your opposition.  It is this that will cause the opposition to react to your advantage

Rule #9 A threat is more terrifying than the thing itself. You leak a lie about something that is happening it will alter how people that are involved in the event will react. For example, if the weather forecast is for three feet of snow it will alter the travel plans of thousands of people, even if it only snows an inch, the damage as already be done and it should be to your advantage

Rule #10The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.  Avoid being trapped by an opponent or an interviewer who say, “Okay, what do you think?”

Rule #11Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it and polarize it. Don’t try to attack abstract corporations or bureaucracies. Identify a responsible individual.  Ignore attempts to shift or spread the blame.  Use ridicule, change truth to your advantage, blasphemy, lies and master the art of baiting

Freeze your target by immobilizing it through fear, shock to stop suddenly and keep it motionless. Some tactics are: limiting mental or physically freedom and destroying your opponent

Personalize your target by marking it with one’s initials

Polarize your target by dividing it in to sharply opposing factions or political groups.  Factions are groups or cliques within a larger group, causing party strife, intrigue and dissension

To bait an opponent into reacting is the main job of an organizer

Chapter Breakdown  by Subject

 

Chapter 1

A – Was the First Century Church destroyed from within?

Chapter 2

A – Rules for Radicals listed above

#1 – The first confrontation between Jewish religious elite and the First Century Church happened after the healing of the paralyzed man in Acts 3:1-11

#2 – Never go outside the expertise (experience) of your people

1 – There were other examples of believers going outside their experience of the law and staying in the freedom of the new birth for a period of time

2 – Going out of your experience caused confusion in a positive way, not how the religious elites would have wanted

3 – Going out of your experience caused fear in a positive way

4 – Going out of your experience caused retreat in a positive way

#3 – Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy

1 – Confusion

2 – Fear

3 – Retreat

4 – The Church’s answer to Rule #3

#4 – Make your enemy live up to its own book of rules

This book of rules for believers was they continued steadfastly in the apostle’s doctrine (Acts 2:42, 4:23-35)

Chapter 3

How the First Century Church lived according to the Apostles’ Doctrine

1 – The First Century Church believers lived according to the apostles’ doctrine and in the power of the name of Jesus Christ

2 – As long as the church today lives up to the rules of the word, the opponents of the word will be powerless. The key points to the believer’s victory today are!! (Click in)

Chapter 4

#5 – Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon

1 – Jesus was the greatest example of ridicule, they mocked him, killed him, but he rose from the dead.  If you were a religious elite, what would you think when you saw him alive after his death, how wrong could you have been? (Matthew 27:41, Mark 15:31) Believers should do what Jesus did, say nothing and deal with their emotions to not let it affect their mind, unless God tells them what to speak. (Matthew 20:19, 27:2-41)

#6 – A good tactic is one your people enjoy

1 – From the point of view of the religious elite, the main tactic was the persecution of the Church, which they thought was good, but were they really having a ball doing it?  Not many examples of them enjoying killing believers, but you have to go with Paul as an example

2 – Paul was breathing out threatening and slaughters (murder), showing his commitment to destroying the believers, both men and women (Acts 9:1, 2)  This shows the level of commitment Paul went to, persecuting believers including killing, arresting and bringing them back to Jerusalem.  What regard did he have for their children?  Just shows the intensity and viciousness of trying to destroy believers and no regard for human beings lives (Acts 22:1-5)

#7 – A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag

#8 – Keep the pressure on, never let up

#9 – A threat is more terrifying than the thing itself

1 – The church’s answer to threats is speaking the truth in the situation (Acts 4:19, 20, 5:29-32)

#10 – The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative

#11-Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it and polarize it

1 – Freeze it

Immobilize your target through fear or shock, make your target stop suddenly from what he is doing and have him remain motionless.  The religious elite targeted those who used the name of Jesus Christ, but couldn’t freeze it (Acts 4:18-20, 5:28, 29, Romans 6:16, Galatians 3:1-3, 5:1-7)

2 – Personalize it

Mark your target, make their actions where they own them, mark their actions with their initials

3 – Polarize it

Divide your target’s actions sharply into opposing factions, political groups

4 – Factions

Target a group or clique within a larger group and cause them strife, intrigue and dissension within your target’s group

5 – Intrigue

Accomplish or force your target’s polarization by crafty plotting or underhanded machinations to bring it about.  Machinations are crafty schemes, plots and intrigues, usually with an evil intent.

Paul was targeted by the religious elite, they didn’t try to kill him at this time just expelled him from their area (Acts 13:45-52)

Chapter 5

Rules for Radicals “The Lie”

1 – The lie is the major tactic that is designed to intimidate the opposition and is used somewhat in all the rules to control the masses and have them stay obedient to the ruling class and feel it is part of rule

2 – The religious elite used blasphemy (speak evil of) as a tactic, part of the lie

3 – The First Century Church’s answers to the religious elites using the tactics of lying

Chapter 6

A recap of the Rules for Radicals:

1 – Rule #1 – Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have. If your organization is small, hide your numbers in the dark and raise a din that will make everyone think you have many more people than you do. Control your power by any means available

2 – Rule #2 – Never go outside the experience of your people. Your people will become confused, fearful and will retreat, leave the battlefield

3 – Rule #3 – Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy. Here you want to cause them confusion, fear and retreat

4 – Rule #4 – Make your enemy live up to its own book of rules. You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian Church can live up to Christianity

5 – Rule #5 – Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It’s hard to counterattack ridicule, and it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage

6 – Rule #6 – A good tactic is one your people enjoy. If your people aren’t having a ball doing it, there is something very wrong with the tactic

7 – Rule #7 – A tactic that drags on too long become a drag.  Commitment may become ritualistic as people turn to other issues

8 – Rule #8 – Keep the pressure on, never let up. Use different tactics and actions and use all events of the period for your purpose. The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon your opposition.  It is this that will cause the opposition to react to your advantage

9 – Rule #9 – A threat is more terrifying than the thing itself. You leak a lie about something that is happening it will alter how people that are involved in the event will react. For example if the weather forecast is for three feet of snow it will alter the travel plans of  thousands of people, even if it only snows an inch, the damage as already be done and it should be to your advantage

10 – Rule #10 – The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.  Avoid being trapped by an opponent or an interviewer who say, “Okay, what do you think?”

11 – Rule #11 – Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it and polarize it. Don’t try to attack abstract corporations or bureaucracies. Identify a responsible individual.  Ignore attempts to shift or spread the blame.  Use ridicule, change truth to your advantage, blasphemy, lies and master the art of baiting

Freeze your target by immobilizing it through fear, shock to stop suddenly and keep it motionless. Some tactics are: limiting mental or physically freedom and destroying your opponent

Personalize your target by marking it with ones initials

Polarize your target by dividing it in to sharply opposing factions or political groups.  Factions are groups or cliques within a larger group, causing party strife, intrigue and dissension

To bait an opponent into reacting is the main job of an organizer

Chapter 7

Confrontations to Paul’s conversion (Acts 9), religious elite verses believers and the rules involved with each confrontation

1 – The first confrontation between religious elite and the First Century Church happened after the healing of the paralyzed man in Acts 3:1-16

Rule #1 – Control the power: the religious elite asked Peter, by what power or by what name did you do this (Acts 4:7)

Rule #5 – Used ridicule, they were unlearned (illiterate in the law) and ignorant (uneducated in leadership) men, that had been with Jesus, so Jesus was unlearned and ignorant also (Acts 4:13)

Rule #9 – Used threats, by telling Peter and John, we don’t want you to teach anymore in that name so the power of that name wouldn’t spread any further among the people (Acts 4:17).  Used threats, by further threatening them, knowing that they couldn’t punish them because of the people (Acts 4:21)

Rule #11 – The religious elite tried to freeze their target by limiting Peter and John’s freedom physically.  They were grieved (offended) and upset to the point to take action and arrested Peter and John because they taught through Jesus the resurrection from the dead (Acts 4:2, 3)

2 – The second confrontation occurred after two believers died because they lied and tempted the Spirit of God

Rule #1 – Control the power, the religious elite brought the twelve back to appear before the council without violence because they feared the people, thinking they could have been stoned by the people.  Question is who told them to fear the people, maybe angels to protect the twelve?  They asked Peter didn’t we tell you not to teach in this name, now look what you have caused and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.  The religious elite call Jesus a man, very condescending from their elitist point of view.  The elite accused the twelve of filling all Jerusalem with “their” doctrine, not theirs.  Why would they ask questions like this? Again why not be blessed that hundreds of people were healed in this quote “man’s” name?  They can’t even mention who he was, same today!  Peter answered we should obey God not you and you guys did kill Jesus! (Acts 5:25-32)

Rule #11 – The religious elite limited the twelve’s freedom physically, again part of freeze your enemy.  They arrested them; an angel got them out of jail and told them to go speak words of life.  This time the religious elite were really ticked of, full of indignation, contention, envy, jealousy and fierceness, many bad emotions which lead to wrong actions, same today (Acts 5:17, 18)

Rule #9 – The religious elite also used threats when they again commanded them after they beat them not to teach in Jesus’ name (Acts 5:40)

3 – The third confrontation showed a new development. We started seeing division from within the First Century Church over again the use of the abundant sharing and how it was distributed (Acts 2:44, 45, 4:32, 5:1-10)

Rule #11 – The religious elite froze the twelve’s freedom physically, after the people were stirred up, Stephen was arrested by them.  This time they stirred up the people who violently seized Stephen and brought him to the religious elite (Acts 6:12)

Rule #8 – The religious elite used blasphemies and lies to keep the pressure on Stephen

4 – The fourth confrontation was an all out assault on the First Century Church believers, including imprisoning and killing them throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, the apostles weren’t targeted at this time (Acts 8:1-4)

Chapter 8

Q – Paul had the authority to destroy the First Century Church

1 – They were brought to Jerusalem to the religious elite to be punished (Acts 9:21, 22:5)

Rule #11 – Seems before they were punished they were asked to renounce their believing in the First Century Church and reaffirm their allegiance to the law, same as the Middle East today, except allegiance today would be to the Muslim religion not the law and if they did they wouldn’t have been punished. (Acts 26:11)  Maybe this is what they had to do in prison prior to being put to death.  Also could have been they had to denounce teaching or using the power of the name of Jesus Christ (Acts 9:21, 26:9)

2 – The fifth confrontation happened after Paul was converted, and he confounded the Jews in the Damascus synagogues proving that this is the Christ (Acts 9:27)

Rule #1 – The religious elite again tried to destroy anyone that taught any thing about the name of Jesus Christ.   This was the main tactic for the religious elite to maintain their power and control over the people.  God’s ways to defeat the enemy sometimes not complex but simple, just get in the basket and Paul was out of there

Rule # 8 – The religious elite again tried to destroy their opponent, the Jews took council and plotted to kill Paul, one of their own.  This was probably the start of hired thugs that were hired by the religious elite to destroy Paul now that he was their enemy.  Their plan didn’t work because it was known by the disciples, who took right action letting Paul down over a wall in a basket, wonder who told them? (Acts 9:23-25)

3 – The sixth confrontation happened in Jerusalem in the Grecian Jews’ synagogue as Paul again was teaching in the name of Jesus Christ.  Here the word tells us he spoke boldly and was disputing with the Grecians.  The tactics that were used in this confrontation were the same as #5.  Again God told the believers before they could try to kill Paul and Paul left and went to Caesarea (Acts 9:27-30)

4 – The seventh confrontation is the first mention of another group or country government that persecuted the First Century Churches other than the religious elite

Rules #1, #3, #8 – The religious elite decided to assassinate one of twelve, different then James the head of the First Century Church.  James the brother of John was killed by Herod because it pleased the religious elite. This tactic was designed to put fear into the minds of the other eleven and to freeze them from acting in the name of Jesus Christ.  Why did the religious elite go to their enemy to carry out the killing?  Why did they have James killed by the sword which was a disgraceful death to them?  All planned to break the power of the name of Jesus Christ, again just didn’t work (Acts 12:1-3)

5 – The eighth confrontation happened when Paul was confronted by a possessed sorcerer named Elymas who withstood Paul, trying to stop him from speaking the Word to the deputy of the country of Paphos.  Paul used the power of the name of Jesus Christ to blind him which ended the confrontation. The deputy believed the Word and Paul left for Perga (Acts 13:8-12)

Rule #11 – Here the devil spirits picked their target to freeze Paul from speaking the word, but Paul thawed out the situation with the Word

6 – The ninth confrontation happened in Iconium’s synagogue when the unbelieving Jews stirred up, poisoned the minds of the Gentiles, which could have been believers also, against the First Century Church believers. This could be the first time the word mentions persecution from within against other believers teaching the Word in the synagogue, but it isn’t clear if it was (Acts 14:1-6)

Rule #1 – Probably the same hired thugs that followed Paul to Iconium from Perga. The mob again tried to control the power of the religious elite, but what is different they tried to effect what people thought about the brethren not just Paul.  These attacks could have been more lies or ridicule to defame the believer’s character.  One possible thing they could have used is the race card thing or similar attacks.  The answer to this attack was that signs and wonders were done which had to include healing (Acts 14:2, 3)

Rule #11 – Destroy your opponent, freeze, polarize and personalize them. I guess stoning believers would fall under this rule.  Paul at this time escaped the stoning going to Lystra and Derbe cities in Lycaonia, but if believers were stoned and killed, the religious elite won this attack against the First Century Church (Acts 14:5, 6)

7 – The tenth confrontation ended in Paul being killed or critically injured by stoning in Lycaonia when religious Jews from Antioch and Iconium persuaded the people in Lycaonia to stone him. It doesn’t say whether they were believers or residents of Lycaonia

Rule #11 – Destroy your opponent, freeze, polarize and personalize them. This tactic worked in Iconium and was just repeated in Lycaonia by the same hired thugs.  This time they succeeded in killing by stoning Paul, but this time the believers raised Paul from the dead or healed him if he wasn’t killed.  This tactic still didn’t stop Paul from teaching the Word in Derbe the next day (Acts 14:19- 21)

Chapter 9

R – The confrontations now include the leadership of the First Century Church:

1 – The eleventh confrontation was the first confrontation between the First Century Church’s leadership, now also called elite, started to go after Paul’s ministry and to return back to the law

2 – James’ answer was we won’t trouble the Gentiles that have turned to God, except for 3 things (why 3 Things?)

      Abstain from pollutions to idols, eating of unclean forbidden food

     

      Abstain from fornication, having sex as an act of worship

     

      Abstain from things strangled, animals that are killed without draining their blood and drinking that blood (Acts 15:20, 29)

3 – The twelfth confrontation after Paul taught the word for the first time in Philippi a city in Macedonia, which is Turkey today.  Also note God told him to go and to bring the new birth to a new part of the world. (Acts 16:9, 10)  These people weren’t Jews living under the law, but pagans.  This confrontation happened after Paul cast out a devil spirit in the name of Jesus Christ, which resulted in Paul and Silas to being attacked by Roman citizens who lost money from soothsaying; they weren’t Jews or believers teaching the law (Acts 16:16-19)

Rule #1 – The mob used lies, saying that Paul taught customs which weren’t legal to receive and observe being Romans.  But the real reason was they lost money on their racket of soothsaying. It was a mob scene like today and they were successful with their attack on Paul and Silas (Acts 16:19-21)

Rule #11 – They were brought to the Roman magistrates who had the authority in this city. They were charged for teaching a doctrine that wasn’t what the Roman’s observed; they were beaten and jailed.  Their physically freedom was definitely frozen even their feet were chained and put in the inner prison (Acts 16:20-24)

Rule #2 – After the miracle of getting out of jail, the mob and the Roman magistrates became fearful and they retreated from their attacks.  They wanted Paul and Silas just to leave their city. God used this tactic because he definitely brought them outside their experience which defeated them (Acts 16:35-40)

4 – The thirteenth confrontation happened in Thessalonica, Spain today, which was about sixty miles from Philippi.  There were no believers in that area at that time. Paul taught the Word for twenty days in the Synagogue of the Jews, some believed and some didn’t.  The Jews that didn’t believe brought in outside street gangs that took the situation into their own hands.  Where was the police protection?   They weren’t shot, but were assaulted and almost killed.  Jason and certain believers were definitely being afflicted by these street gangs (Acts 17:1-9)

Rule #1 – Question is, what power were they trying to protect? The Jews that believed not accused Paul and Silas of teaching things contrary to the decrees of Caesar and there was another king one Jesus, not Caesar.  The Jews’ religious elite had these hired thugs now following Paul from city to city, and troubled the people to the end to destroy Paul.  Also there is no mention of if the First Century Church’s elite involved (Acts 17:5, 6)

Rule #11 – The Jews that believed not were moved with envy, they were jealous to the point to kill people.  They were hired gang members to assault the house of Jason and bring Paul and Silas out to the mob.  When they weren’t there, they brought Jason and other believers to the Roman rulers of the city.  They tried to freeze and personalize their attacks on Paul and Silas, but they didn’t succeed this time.  Paul and Silas escaped to Berea, Jason was released and no believers were beaten or killed (Acts 17:7-9)

5 – The fourteenth confrontation: The same Jews came from Thessalonica and did their mob thing again and stirred up the people of Berea causing Paul to leave the city.  It was the same hired thugs by the Jew religious elite with the same rules and lost again (Acts 17:11-14)

Rule #7 – Was in play here in reverse that says a tactic that drags on too long become a drag on your people.  Same thugs going from city to city didn’t become a drag because they were being paid, probably there would have been a bonus if they achieved the goal of destroying Paul!

Rule #5 – Since there were no attacks on Paul physically, there was one mentally:  they used ridicule trying to infuriate him when they called him a babbler, referring to a small religious cult leader but it didn’t work. (Acts 17:18) And they mock him, turned their noses up after Paul taught on Mars Hill. Again some believed and some didn’t and Paul was off to Athens (Acts 17:32)

6 – The fifteenth confrontation happened after eighteen months of no attacks on his life; the Old Testament Jews made insurrection, rose up against Paul with hostile intent and brought him to the Roman judgment seat about the law.  The mob, which didn’t get their way legally against Paul, took the ruler of their synagogue and beat him instead (Acts 18:12-17)

Rule #1 – The hired thugs accused Paul of persuading men to worship God contrary to the law. They changed the truth to their advantage and lied, but it didn’t work. (Acts 18:13)

Rule #11 – The Jews took Paul by force, limiting his freedom and freezing his teaching of the Word for a short period of time (Acts 18:12-15)

7 – The sixteenth confrontation happened after four years.  Paul went to Ephesus and was attacked by the people of the silversmith union that made silver shrines for the great goddess Diana, unbelievers and probably Romans.  He stayed in Ephesus, Turkey today, because of the Word prevailing with miracles, signs and wonders being done.  This hurt the income of silversmiths making the shrines to Diana, their market share decrease rapidly (Acts 19:23-27)

Rule #1 – The loss of power over their income was their major motivation to incite the other silversmith to riot. So they used the following tactics (Acts 19:24, 25)

Rule #11 – Now after hearing these lies from the union head the mob; they became an unruly mob with a cause, which was to destroy Paul.  Note that Paul again was protected from harm by God telling the believers where he should go.  But the mob still grabbed other believers. (Acts 19:28-34) The Jewish religious elite were behind this mob violence to freeze Paul with their hired thugs. (Acts 19:33) their mantra was similar to today’s “pigs in a blanket” was “great is Diana of the Ephesians” (Acts 19:28, 34)

Rule #2 – The mob became confused, not Paul and the believers.  So who confused the mob, the booze or God? (Acts 19:29, 32)

8 – The seventeenth confrontation never materialized when the Jewish hired thugs were lying in wait, plotting against him.  Paul was at Greece about three months and then sailed into Asia.  God’s protection over Paul’s life was still in effect because he was still teaching the Word (Acts 20:1-3, 19)

Chapter 10

Paul decided to go to Jerusalem for Pentecost, not God’s will

1 – Paul’s negative words and statements why he was going to Jerusalem are amazing; this man wrote the church epistles!

            People told him not to go but this didn’t move him, but he was willing to die.  Die for what, what is the profit if he died?  What Word would he teach going forward in his life if he were dead? (Acts 20:24)

             Paul told the believers they wouldn’t see him anymore.  Why would he have this death wish, did he want to be another Stephen which he had killed? (Acts 20:25)

           

            “I am pure from the blood of all men, I have taught you all the Word,” does that mean he never made a mistake or missed teaching every part of the Word (Acts 20:26, 27)

2 – The eighteenth confrontation happened when Paul was in Jerusalem, which was the destruction of his ministry by the First Century Church’s liberal elites of his time.  Makes you wonder if he wouldn’t have gone to Jerusalem where the Church would be today.  The meeting between Paul and James and the elders of the Church shows that the Church’s leadership was back under the law and probably were behind this plot to have Paul killed (Acts 21:17-23:24)

Rule #8 – They used the event of the year, Pentecost, to their advantage and for the purpose of killing Paul.  They plotted out the tactics to commit murder including using hired men in the crowd to incite the people and also four actors to go through the purification ritual.  It would appease the zealous Jewish believers but the opposite happened

Rule #11 – Part of the setup was the hired thugs from Asia stirred up the Jewish believers from Jerusalem telling them he taught against them, the law, and brought Greeks into the temple, polluting the temple.  The ends justify the means; tell a lie to get people to do what you want them to do.  Then the people assaulted Paul and physically harmed him. Guess what, God’s hedge over Paul’s life was over (Acts 21:27-29)

Rule #11 – Again the mob wanted to freeze Paul by killing him and the Roman soldiers had to protect him from the hired thugs and the mob.  Just maybe God was trying to protect him from physical harm and maybe Paul finally came to is senses about how stupid he had been and maybe just maybe he was allowing God to help him again?

Rule #11 – Paul caused division between the Sadducees who didn’t believe in the resurrection and the Pharisees who did believe in the resurrection.  This dissension got so intense the chief captain had to step in because he thought they would have pulled Paul to pieces.  It tells us Paul perceived what to say which shows he was starting to listen to God again

3 – The nineteenth confrontation happened when Paul was brought before Governor Felix, along with his the Jewish religious elite accusers to bear false witness against him.  Paul’s accusers came from Jerusalem, including the high priest Anianias; it must have been a big deal to kill Paul. The accusation now was expanded after they had a chance to plan it because it was five days later and was delivered by Tertullus, an orator and the official advocate, to argue their case.  The religious elite from Jerusalem used the following tactics (Acts 23:33-35)

Rules #1, 8, 11 – The Jewish religious elite kept the pressure on Paul and their attacks were personally directed at Paul to defeat his ministry, which is the same tactic as freezing your target. First he told Felix how great he was, how noble he was and how thankful the Jewish religious elite were that he was in the position he was, a butt kissing to say the least (Acts 24:2, 3)

4 – The twentieth confrontation happened after Porcius Festus took over for Felix and he had Paul bound to please the Jewish religious elite.  Festus met with the Jewish elite who asked him to plot against Paul to have him returned to Jerusalem and they would kill him on the way to Jerusalem.  Festus listened to the plot but didn’t go along with it; maybe he was looking for a payoff. He set another date at Caesarea for them to accuse Paul (Acts 25:1-5)

Rules #1, 8, 11 – The Jewish religious elite kept the pressure on Paul and their attacks were personally directed at him to defeat his ministry, which still included the same tactic of freezing your target by killing them.  They won the battle of freezing Paul but lost the battle of destroying him and the believers

Chapter 11

The trip to Rome, shipwreck and the healing at the Island of Melita

1 – There were no confrontations with the Jewish religious elite during the trip to Rome, but Paul had contentions with the Roman soldiers and the ownership of the ship.  Paul was told by God what the owners of the ship needed to do to save the people on the ship and to avoid the shipwreck.  God again was working with Paul and protecting him from physical harm so he could teach the new birth in Rome

2 – This is a study of how God worked to protect Paul during the trip to Rome, it is important today showing how God works with believers to protect them from the attacks of the far left elite and their Rules for Radicals (Acts 27:1-28:15)

            God showed Paul to advise the owners of the ship that if they sailed there would be much damage to the ship and the people lives would be in peril.  The owners of the ship made a decision based on five-sense facts and decided to sail to Phoenix and spend the winter there (Acts 27:7-12)

            What God had warned Paul happened, a hurricane-like wind arose and they couldn’t control the boat in the wind.  The owners of the ship made a lot of wrong decisions and action that led to the boat being destroyed.  This is how you win dealing with the rules “YOU OBEY GOD,” rather than your five-sense decisions and actions (Acts 27:13-20)

            God told Paul again what to do at this point in time after the owners didn’t listen to Paul   when they sailed from Crete.  Paul told them an angel of God advised them to be of good       cheer that they wouldn’t die.  The ship would be destroyed and they would live because God told him he would make it to Rome.  Nothing was said by the owners of the ship about going to Paul to apologize or seek advice what they should do next, just blind to truth (Acts 27:21-26)

            Paul’s next advice from God was after the owners anchored out the foreship, the centurion that was bringing Paul to Rome finally listened to what Paul had said that unless they stay in the boat they wouldn’t live.  So he cut off the anchor without saying a word, again not a word from the owners of the ship (Acts 27:27-32)

            The next day God told Paul to feed the two hundred and seventy six people aboard during the hurricane and after they had eaten, they threw the rest of the food out of the ship to lighten the load and help the ship from sinking. They were all of good cheer. It just didn’t make sense according to the five senses, but God doesn’t have to make five-sense logic; He just needs to tell believers the truth to get out of a dire situation (Acts 27:33-37)

           

            God’s escape plan unfolded and changed as time and circumstances changed, drum role and it wasn’t made in Hollywood! (Acts 27:39-44)

3 – Continuing God’s promise to protect Paul from physical harm so he could teach the word in Acts 18:8, 9, Paul finally believed God again and not his five-sense mind. Why the island Melita?  A recap of the events shows that Paul taught the new birth and the power in the name of Jesus Christ.  All the people of the island heard and believed the new birth and the ones that needed to be healed were healed.  Melita is Malta today, rocky island, sixty-two miles south of Sicily, seventeen miles long and nine miles broad, and containing nearly one hundred square miles, and 100,000 inhabitants.  Was this an example of a future “Gilligan’s Island” TV series where nothing went wrong, all were happy and it was portrayed like a modern day garden of Eden?  Or maybe it was the first example of a separate country of one hundred thousand citizens that heard, then believed and all were healed that were sick, diseased or injured. There was still no word from the owners of old boat thanking Paul for their lives

4 –  The trip from Melita to Rome was also filled with Godly success after the people of Melita gave them “all things” they needed for the trip and a new boat to make the trip, this one wouldn’t break apart.  Paul met with many of the believers on the way to Rome.  One could sense that Paul finally realized that if he would have died because of his statement that he was willing to die, he wouldn’t have been there to see believers coming to meet him and were blessed by his ministry.  What if Paul didn’t go to Jerusalem, how big would have the First Century Church been? (Acts 28:11-15)

5 – The twenty-first and the last confrontation happened after Paul arrived in Rome and called for the Jewish religious elite and explained to them what had happened (Acts 28:16-20)

Chapter 12

The Original Twelve Apostles’ Legacy(17% success rate – NOT GOOD-click here)

1 – They were present on the day of Pentecost received the new birth and spoke in tongues (Acts 2:1-11)

2 – The twelve were arrested and jailed and angel got them out of jail.  The next day they were back teaching the people all the words of life (Acts 5:18-21) and beaten (Acts 5:40).   Interesting to note none were named other then Peter and John (Acts 5:17-40)

3 – John was involved in the healing, being jailed and brought before the religious leaders along with Peter (Acts 3:1-4:22)

4 – Peter was the apostle that brought the new birth to the Gentiles (Acts 10:1-48)

5 – In conclusion, when the original twelve coped out from living the apostles’ doctrine that was taught to them by Jesus, the Word stopped growing because they went back to living and administering under the law.  Paul took over the Church and his ministry became the focal point of the growth of the First Century Church.  The religious elite on both sides now knew if they destroyed Paul and his ministry they would be back in control again.  Along with the attacks on Paul, it was needed that they would have to kill Paul to be back in control.  They went from the apostles of Christ to the vomit of the world’s religious elite!

Chapter 13

 How believers defeat Rules for Radicals

1 – Rule #1(the power rule) – Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have

It openly demonstrates signs, miracles and wonders, in healing that defeats the religious power (Romans 15:19)

 his power includes turning people over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, could this explain the death of Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5:1-10? (1 Corinthians 5:4)

The Answer

  • To live with the power of Christ can overcome any physical or mental weakness that a believer has and it doesn’t have to hide (2 Corinthians 12:9, 10)
  •  This power is God’s power that is above all worldly power in the past, present and future times (Ephesians 1:19-23)
  •  Believers are complete in this power; it frees them from the rudiments of the world and defeats it (Colossians 2:8-10)

2 – Rule #2(five senses rules) – Never go outside the experience of your people. Your people will become confused, fearful and retreat and will leave the battlefield

The Answer           

  • To defeat the 5 senses rules live life using the nine uses of God’s Spirit, which is bringing every thought to how the mind of Christ would think (1 Corinthians 12:4-11, 2 Corinthians 10:2-5)

 3 – Rule #3 – Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy. Here you want to cause them confusion, fear and retreat

The Answer  

  • God doesn’t want to cause confusion, but does want the opposite which is peace. (1 Corinthians 14:33)  When believers see envying and strife in any situation, there is confusion and every evil work (James 3:16)
  • God is not the giver of fear, but gives believers power, love and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7) 
  • The religious elite want just the opposite, be aware of people that try to bring you into a   state of fear, retreat from these people don’t fellowship with them or allow them to influence your life.  Our fellowship is with God and His Son.  This is the believer’s protection against the tactics like rules for radicals (2 Corinthians 6:14, Ephesians 5:11, 1 John 1:3)
  • There is no retreat from living the Word, it comes down to, you are either doing God’s will or you are doing your own five-sense will or others that are trying to control your will (Romans 12:2, Galatians 1:4, Colossians 4:12)
  • Overall believers don’t live their lives by their experiences, they should their lives bringing every thought into the obedience of Christ, and how Christ would think in any     situation that he was faced with (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)

 4 – Rule #4(the doctrine rule) – Make your enemy live up to its own book of rules. You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian Church can live up to Christianity

The Answer  

  • Believers can live up to the rules of the Word, which defeats rule # 4 (2 Timothy 2:15, 16, 3:14-17)
  •  If believers don’t obey their own book of rules they won’t live an abundant life (Romans 2:8, Galatians 3:1, 5:7)
  •  But believers can obey their own book of rules and live an abundant life (Romans 6:12-16, Ephesians 6:1, Colossians 3:20, 2 Thessalonians 3:14)

 5 – Rule #5(the personal attacks rules) – Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It’s hard to counterattack ridicule, and it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage

The Answer

  • See Rule #2 to defeat ridicule, as believers are controlling their thoughts to the mind of     Christ. Just think of what he went through mentally the last 3 days of his life!

6 – Rule #9 – A threat is more terrifying than the thing itself.  You leak a lie about something that is happening and it will alter how people will react.  For example, if the weather forecasts three feet of snow it will alter the travel plans of thousands of people, even if it only snows an inch the damage as already be done and it should be to your advantage

The Answer

  • See Rule #2 to defeat the lie by using God’s Spirit. You will know it is a lie and what to   do about it, it’s called words of knowledge (what the lie is) and wisdom (what to do or how to react to the lie)

 7 – Rule #11 – Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it and polarize it. Don’t try to attack abstract corporations or bureaucracies.  Identify a responsible individual.  Ignore attempts to shift or spread the blame.  Use ridicule, change truth to your advantage, blasphemy, lies and master the art of baiting

Freeze your target by immobilizing it through fear and shock to stop suddenly and keep it motionless.  Some tactics are: limiting mental or physical freedom and destroying your opponent

Personalize your target by marking it with ones initials

Polarize your target by dividing it into sharply opposing factions or political groups.  Factions are groups or cliques within a larger group, causing party strife, intrigue and dissension

 

8 – Rules #5, 9 and 11 deal with attacking believers mentally. Today would be called the art of controlling free speech to have your voice heard by whatever means possible

Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon according to man, but not according to God

The Answer

  •  Believers don’t fashion themselves after the world, things of the world or think of themselves more highly then the Word tell them to think, but in all things mentally prove what God’s perfect will is when they are attacked (Romans 12:2, 3, 1 Corinthians 4:6, 2 Corinthians 3:5)
  • For believers to achieve mental access to God’s thoughts in dealing with personal attacks is proving God’s will and understanding that God has set parameters on their thoughts. As long as believers stay in these thought parameters they will hear and understand what is God’s will is during the attack (2 Corinthians 10:3-7, Philippians 4:8)
  • This understanding comes when believers really understand and believe that God’s will for any situation is above man’s ability to think.  We don’t have to grasp by the five senses what God is telling us to speak and act in any personal attack, just need to speak and act (Ephesians 3:20)
  • Finally, when believers are being personally attacked, their mental state should be one of joy and patience, and not double-minded and unstable or they will miss the information given to them by God what to do in the situation.  We are to let patience have her perfect   work which leads to the victory in these attacks (James 1:2-7)

 The other rules for radicals

 9 – Rule #6 (The good tactic rules) – A good tactic is one your people enjoy. If your people aren’t having a ball doing it, there is something very wrong with this tactic

Again a good tactic is one your people enjoy; nothing is mentioned for what purpose you are doing this tactic.  Is it designed to bless people or destroy them?  

The Answer

  • Where is the logic that doing evil that good may abound? (Romans 3:8) From a liberal point of view, the ends justify the means, but from God’s point of view, doing the Word is the only thing that brings real enjoyment (Acts 8:5-8, 13:46-52, 15:1-3, 1 Timothy 6:17)

 10 – Rule #7 – A tactic that drags on too long become a drag.  Commitment may become ritualistic as people turn to other issues

The Answer

  • Question is, if a tactic is the word of God how can it drag on too long?  Only when your tactic is wrong will it become a drag over time.  Your commitment will go from one thing to another because there is no Godly success; you really never become fulfilled as a human being regardless what worldly success you have.  Commit your tactics to living the Word and you will be fulfilled and you will stay committed to God (Acts 14:23, 20:32, 1 Timothy 1:8, 2 Timothy 2:2)

 11 – Rule #8 – Keep the pressure on, never let up. Use different tactics and actions and use all events of the period for your purpose. The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon your opposition.  It is this that will cause the opposition to react to your advantage

The Answer

  • From the point of view of the Church, if a group of believers live according to the truth of God’s word and God fighting for them, who can fight against God? One of the religious elite Gamaliel, a Pharisee, told them this and also said you can’t overthrow it, referring to the believer’s success (Acts 5:39)
  • The church doesn’t have to succumb to the pressures put on them by the world’s systems to react to their advantage, unless believers allow it (Romans 8:35-39, Ephesians 3:8-12, 6:11, 12, Colossians 2:15)

 12 – Rule #10 – The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative

The Answer

  • It’s hard to comprehend what the religious elite of the world call good tactics, ones that are designed to destroy people’s lives.  Whereas the good tactics of the word are designed that people can prosper, be in health (3 John 2) and live in God’s peace abundantly until the return of Christ (1 Thessalonians 5:23, 24)

A good tactic according to the religious elite is one their people enjoy; they don’t care about the welfare of their people.  If they don’t enjoy attacking people to destroy them, they will stop doing it.  If they left to go to other issues the religious elite would have to hire the thugs again and train them to destroy people.  From the point of view of the religious elite it is totally selfish because they wouldn’t dirty there hands in doing the attacks  

  • On the other hand, joy is a fruit of the Spirit and is the result of doing wordly actions with results that bless people.  So why stop doing Godly good works that help people instead of destroying them, so believers wouldn’t want to retreat (Romans 14:17, 15:13, Galatians 5:22-25, Ephesians 5:9, 1 Thessalonians 1:6)

 The religious elite think tactics used on people to mold them how you want to have them to speak or act is to keep negative pressure on their lives are good. 

  • The Word’s answer to negative pressure is obedience to God’s right actions.  Obedience to God’s right actions also defeats the attacks of your opponent when he tries to avoid being trapped by his opponents or doing any interviews that would back him into a corner.  In Acts the hired thugs went from city to city using the same tactics to keep the pressure on Paul. God protected Paul until he decided not to obey God’s truth and then protected him again when he returned to obeying God’s truth

Obeying God’s truth, is the overall answer to health and well being

  • Believers speaking truth is the opposite of the world’s lie (Romans 9:1, 2 Corinthians 6:3-7, Ephesians 4:15, 4:25, 1 Thessalonians 2:13, 1 Timothy 2:7)
  • Speaking God’s truth is joyous, not evil (1 Corinthians 13:6)
  • The religious elite can do nothing against God’s truth (2 Corinthians 13:8)
  • The key to believers defeating the attacks on their lives is not just knowing the truth but    obeying it (Galatians 3:1, 5:7, Ephesians 6:14, 1 John 3:18, 2 John 1:4, 3 John 1:4)
  • Living God’s truth is not the hidden things of being dishonest, crafty or deceitful like the people that attack believers (2 Corinthians 4:2)

 

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