Posts Tagged ‘Saul’

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Who are you, lord?” (Acts 26‬:‭15‬ NLT)

My Mom was my 1st grade teacher. In our class that year was a poor kid named “Jimmy”. Jimmy’s Dad did not want his son to grow up to be a smoker. So, at the ripe old age of 6, he taught Jimmy how to dip snuff. As you can imagine, the nicotine wreaked havoc on his little system, causing him to have the scours and be sick everyday. It was a sad case of parenting gone wrong.

In this text, Saul is doing it wrong. He grew up around God, was trained to serve God, but was committing harm and atrocities in God’s name, never realizing that the God he was serving was the very God he was attacking! You can imagine the sense of ironic failure Saul felt, having to be introduced to “his boss”, whom he should have known all along.

As you live the Christ Life daily, do it right. What we do and how we live should reflect the God we serve, not the opinions or emotions we harbor. We should be the best advertising Heaven has! Live like you know the God you serve! You are loved today!

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Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is useless for you to fight against my will.” (Acts 26‬:‭14‬ NLT)

In 2010, unintentional firearm injuries caused the deaths of 606 people. From 2005-2010, almost 3,800 people in the U.S. died from unintentional shootings. That’s almost as many victims as the number of American soldiers killed in the first seven years of the U.S.-Iraq War! And the greatest shame is the key word of this study: unintentional victims.

In the Christ Life, we reflect this same sad scenario. We “shoot ourselves in the foot” by trying to live for God on our own terms. Oswald Chambers says it this way: “Stubbornness and self-will will always stab Jesus Christ. It may hurt no one else, but it wounds His Spirit. Whenever we are obstinate and self-willed and set on our own ambitions, we are hurting Jesus.” To our shame, this is how many of us approach our spiritual walk and ministry.

When Jesus called out to Saul/Paul on the road to Damascus, Saul was serving God and disobeying Him at the same time. God calls to each of us to make sure we are doing this right. If the Spirit convicts you, please listen. The saddest casualties to see are those of self-destructing, self-willed, unintentional inflictors of spiritual harm. Live for God on His own terms! It’s much healthier for you! You are loved today!