JOURNEY DEVO ’08- Galatians 1.11-24

Galatians 1.23-24 They only heard the report: “The man who formerly persecuted us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.”  And they praised God because of me.

 

GOD CHOSE SAUL – I MEAN PAUL.

I wonder what God revealed to Saul on the road that made him change his ways.  I wonder if God just rewrote every book Saul ever read, whatever God showed Saul, it had to be real, and it wasn’t made by man cause that man changed.

 

This man was a Christian Killer, recruited to advance the gospel of Christ, the grace and mercy administered to him through the Holy Spirit, and a relationship with the one true God.  This man knew “religion” but, thing was, he never got CHRIST until that meeting on the road.  He never understood the power of mercy triumphing over judgment.

 

At times, I wonder if the church gets this.  We quickly find stances on religion or issues, that have an if-then clause in them.  When God in his infinite mercy can take the Christian killer of all Christian killers and make him a saint.

 Are you kidding?  I read this and stand in awe.  How could God call a Pharisaical grim reaper to share his grace and mercy?  I wonder if this is some kind of joke, or maybe just maybe, Paul’s call is truly the nature of God revealed to you and me.  Maybe God really does call sinners.

 

For the majority of my life, I wondered if God was a joker.  Like when Christ walked on earth, he’d walk up to someone, say “YOU’RE HEALED…” Then say, “Just kidding.” And walk away. Or “Get up and walk… NOT!”

 

I couldn’t get how God could forgive me of my “greatest sin.”  Today I realize that when God does something, he does it completely.  It’s not always something you understand, but you know it.  When He calls someone, He calls them, when He heals someone, He heals them, and when He forgives someone, He forgives them. 

The grace of Christ revealed is truly a gift from God.

 

What a testimony Paul’s teaching must have been.  Phil 3-  A Hebrew of Hebrews, with Pharisaical zeal for the law, and traditions of his fathers so much that he went around persecuting the church, while still, legalistically righteous.

2 cor 11- He worked harder, was flogged more severely, exposed to death again and again.  

 

To love the unlovable, to forgive the unforgivable, and tell of his grace and mercy until the day we meet Him in heaven.  May Hallelujah run through your veins, until that day.

 

QUESTIONS:  

God chose Saul.  What does that reveal to you today about God?

 

Have you ever been over-zealous about something, you thought right, but were wrong?

 

What ways have you changed since knowing Christ?

 

What ways is He asking you to change?

 

2 Corinthians 5- says “If we are out of our mind, it is for God. If we are in our right mind it is for you, for Christ’s love compels us… what does Christ’s love compel you to do? Is Christ’s love compelling you?

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