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From Outsider to Insider – Day 2 – Acts 9.1-19

We sometimes refer to a person as having had a “road to Damascus” experience.  When we do, we are saying that they reached a decisive point in their life where they encountered God and turned their life around.  Paul, of course, had THE road to Damascus experience.  He was going his own way with all his heart and soul.  He wasn’t the least bit interested in following Jesus.  He wasn’t showing any signs of becoming sympathetic to the gospel.  If you had been praying for Paul to come to Christ at that time, you would have seen nothing in his life to give you cause for optimism.  Yet, when it comes to a person’s salvation we must always keep our focus on the throne of God.  When God tells Ananias to go and speak to Saul, he is nervous because he knows about Saul’s reputation as a violent opponent of the church.  God strengthens Ananias by taking his focus off of Saul’s past actions and placing it on God’s future plans.  God tells him that Saul, “is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles”. (v. 15)  God is basically saying, “I know that, humanly speaking, this doesn’t make any sense, but I want to use this man for My purposes. And that is exactly what I am going to do.”  You may have someone in your life who is going his own way at warp speed and who isn’t the least bit interested in Jesus.  Let this story encourage you to keep going before the throne of God.  Keep trusting the Lord to save in His timing and in His way.

 

From Outsider to Insider – Day 3 – Acts 9.20-30

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