Indeed, we are called in the opposite direction when we accept Jesus, the Christ, as Lord of our lives. If we truly seek understanding in our journey and follow God’s lead, we will very soon learn that we are invited to leave the baron dustbowl of secular life and journey into the fertile regions of God’s presence.
you persecuting Me?” :15 “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting . . . Get up. I appear to you to appoint you a minister and witness in things you have seen and things that will appear to you. . . “ :17-18 “I’m sending you to Jews and gentiles to open their eyes so they may turn from darkness to light and from dominion of satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.”
God planned Paul’s turn of events well.
make of him. First, Paul is a zealot for cleansing the world of those who worship one whom Paul thinks is ‘other than God.’ Then, in one instant, Paul’s life changes.
God comes to him in a flash. God speaks to Paul.
Others of us can totally identify with him.
Paul is just a regular guy who is brilliant and loves God.
Sometimes we are so set in our ways that we cannot see that which is right in front of our eyes.
Paul needed an intervention and God provided.
Do you know any who are like Paul?
physically and emotionally, the soul is what needs God's presence. When people shared their stories with me about Jesus Christ, I was in a great place and simply listened patiently. I did not need this ‘Jesus’ whom they leaned upon . . . or so I thought.
I was definitely as hard-headed as Paul. It took many people, years of their prayers and loving influence, to bring me to the foot of the Cross. When I did, my world changed completely . . . 180 degrees . . . from a good life to the best life ever!
On a 3X5 card, print the name of the person.
Draw lines that divide the rest of the card into 4 parts. Quadrant 1: write that person’s interests,
2: write that person’s physical, emotional and/or spiritual needs.
3:write your personal action beyond prayer . . . act of love . . . phone call, personal note, activity together if possible. 4: write the date of your action and then response to that action. ie. 1/25 sent a text “Thinking of you, hope all is well.” Response comes quickly: 1/25 “Thanks for thinking of me, I’m great!”
Continue #4, action and responses on the back of the card. Use this card as a bookmark in your bible so you can pray through the responses and create new 'actions'.
These young men did not give Jesus a date when it would be best to follow Him. They did not ask questions regarding what Jesus wanted of them, how long they would be with Him, what they should take with them, where they were going or whatever else we might say in preparation for an extended trip away from current way of life. ‘Immediately’ they followed Jesus.
selection in the book of Hebrews. Melchizedek brought out bread and wine for all those present. And he blessed it saying, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, maker of heaven and earth; and blessed be God Most High who has delivered your enemies into your hand!”