Daily Devotions

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Acts 18:28

Be Mightily Convincing

Paul was a changed man. No longer was he a Pharisee by the name of Saul who zealously persecuted those that did not adhere or adopt the Jewish faith. No longer was he a man that sought to advance in position in the church/temple/synagogue. No longer was he someone that sought the praise of man.

Paul had met Jesus Christ personally and was changed.

Paul boldly sought to spread the very Gospel that he had tried so passionately to destroy. He spent time learning about Jesus. One passage (Galatians 1:17-18) indicates that Paul spent about three years away, presumably replacing what he thought was true with that which was actually true. Upon returning to Jerusalem, Paul spent a couple of weeks with the Apostle Peter, when one can most assuredly believe that they spent time talking about Jesus, leveraging Peter's eye-witness accounts and Paul's deep knowledge of Scriptures. Then Paul headed out and shared the gospel with the lost, going first to the Jews, and then after they've heard, going to the non-Jews.

What Paul did was not simple and not easy, but it was something that he knew was important if he was going to reach the lost for Christ and spread this live-saving Gospel. It all began with Paul's encounter with Jesus and Paul's confession that Jesus is Lord. And then it changed the world.

Peter tells you to do the same thing when he says, "But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear." (1 Peter 3:15)

Is He sanctified in your heart? Are you ready? (VAL)

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