God’s Word Says….
Acts 26:9-15 (NCV)
9 “I, too, thought I ought to do many things against Jesus from Nazareth. 10 And that is what I did in Jerusalem. The leading priests gave me the power to put many of God’s people in jail, and when they were being killed, I agreed it was a good thing. 11 In every synagogue, I often punished them and tried to make them speak against Jesus. I was so angry against them I even went to other cities to find them and punish them.
12 “One time the leading priests gave me permission and the power to go to Damascus. 13 On the way there, at noon, I saw a light from heaven. It was brighter than the sun and flashed all around me and those who were traveling with me. 14 We all fell to the ground. Then I heard a voice speaking to me in the Hebrew language, saying, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? You are only hurting yourself by fighting me.’ 15 I said, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ The Lord said, ‘I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting.
Although I try not to include so many Bible verses, I wanted you to catch a glimpse, and be reminded of Paul’s condition before he was saved, so that you could really appreciate the current scene of him defending the ministry of Jesus Christ. No doubt you have heard non-Christians say that Jesus would never forgive them because of their past. I believe that based on Paul’s account in this passage alone, you will see that our God is a God of love and forgiveness. Friends, He loved us enough to provide the means through which we can be saved – His very own Son, Jesus, was crucified and died for us, so that through Him we may be saved. Now think about it, will God refuse to accept us, His own creation? Will He reject the very ones that He sacrificed His Son for? Will He go back on His word where He promised us that “Whoever believes on Him, will receive everlasting life” (John 3:16)? Friends, I’m sure that you know the answer to each of these questions to be ‘No’, so please don’t give up on that friend who may have spoken those word of hopelessness. In fact, I believe that those words are evidence that they recognize their sin and just can’t comprehend a God who would still love them in spite of that sin.
To the one reading this devotional that may be feeling like the friend who asked the above question, please reconsider the hope that is available to you today. Please know that God loves you, even when it may appear to you that no one else does. Jesus is available to you, in spite of what you may have done. There are family and friends out there praying diligently for you, so trust them to pray with you and help you to overcome your current condition. If for any reason you feel like you don’t have a close friend or family member, please consider chatting with a Christian in your workplace, or a local pastor, or contact me. There is nothing we would like more, than to help lead and introduce you to our heavenly Father, who we confidently believe will help you overcome any hopelessness or sin you may be encountering right now. Folk with the same father, are brothers and sisters. We would love to welcome you into our family!
Father God, thank You for loving us enough to not leave us unattended, or steeping in our sin. Thank You for getting my attention and turning my life around. I believe that there are many that could answer to the challenge given above, so please ready myself, or that brother or sister that might be approached today by someone that You have spoken to and are in need of a Savior. Be a constant reminder to my friends and I to know that the only qualification needed to respond, is that we have a living, active relationship with You. We don’t need to be a pastor or elder or deacon, but to simply be available for You to use as You speak to the heart and soul of the lost today. Sure we can share our experience, and we can pray with them, but only You can and will save them! Thank You for working that miracle in my life some 39 years ago, and I pray that Your miracle working hand will be upon those whom I know today that are in need of the same miracle as I received. I can only ask all this in Your precious and most worthy name, ‘Jesus’, AMEN!
In response to God leading You through this devotional today, please get with a Bible teaching Pastor you may know and allow him to guide you. Otherwise feel free to reply to my post online, or you may email me directly at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. I will gladly add you to my prayer list, and/or respond to your request(s) ASAP.