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Short Inspired Devotions from the Bible
"O Lord, forgive what I have been, sanctify what I am, and order what I shall be."
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The Strength to Start Over
Acts 9:20 states: "And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that He is the Son of God."
In the beginning of Saul's early adult life, the scriptures reveals how he wanted to imprison, or murder any disciple of the Lord he could find. But what Saul would soon discover, is that the Lord of the disciples would find him first. For there was a day, when Saul was walking on the road to Damascus, and it would be on this day, that he would be forever changed. The first thing that the Lord did when it came to Saul, is to change his name. For he would now be known from that day forward, as Paul. And more importantly, he was no longer zealous for the "ceremonial law" for he was now instead, a minister that was devoted, to the spreading of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Now one can't help but to wonder, where did Paul find the strength to start over; to abandon a path that he knew, for a path, that he had no clue on where it would take him?
For you see, how could he become apart of the very thing, he was trying to put an end too?
How could he now call himself a follower of Christ, after spending so much of his early life, trying to destroy the very same people, who themselves were followers?
I mean after all, the Pharisees knew him as "Saul of Taurus: the defender of the law of Moses." But now he's saying to his fellow Pharisees, that all that they'd known, all that they'd lived for, could be no more, for they had to change. Understand that the strength to start over, comes from having the knowledge of God's Word. It also comes from one, who constantly press themselves, when it comes to having a constant, developing, good relationship with the Lord. For I like to think, that this is why, it's also crucial for us to pray, and feed from the Word of the God daily.
Know that the more time you spend alone with God, the more willing you will be, to learn how to have the Spirit of the Lord teaching, and guiding you in your everyday life. Keep in mind, that walking with God, will challenge you to reach beyond the natural things you have grown familiar with from within your life.
For you see, when it comes to starting over, it requires one to have total trust and confidence, when it comes to our Heavenly Father. We must also avoid the crucial mistake, of falling into the trap of what I like to call""fleecing God." You know like Gideon did? For if were not careful, we'll find ourselves saying things like: "If this is your will God, show me a sign by making the rug wet all around, and dry in middle."
Know that when we use these types of examples to encourage us, when it comes to pressing ourselves to make the needed changes, that we so desperately need, when it comes to our everyday lives. Fleecing God becomes a common mistake that most of us tend to make. But I want you to know, that we should turn to the perfect example that Christ had placed before us, especially when we find ourselves at a major crossroad from within our lives. Jesus said: "Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will, not mine."-- Luke 22:42
God Never Changes
Always remember that God is still in the life changing, miracle making, and promise keeping business. For He's the One that gives us the strength to climb mountains; the wisdom to walk through valleys, and the strength and courage that's needed, when it comes to starting over. I like to think that we're an extension of Jesus Christ; for it's he that pumps the blood and cools the fire.
I'll tell you this, when your trying to change for the better; when you've made the decision to live for Christ; don't be afraid to start over; don't be afraid to walk away from everything you once knew. For there's nothing that the world can offer you, that could even come close to superseding what God can do for you. And even if you're already committed to God; recommit daily, when it comes to walking in the newness of life. Let your light shine in such a way, that it says to others, that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that you're His modern day disciple - Amen.
I hope and pray, that Danna's short devotion, was in some way, a blessing to you