In Galatians, is a wonderful account of the Apostle Paul’s conversion. He was an extremely religious man, who thought He was as close to God as He could be, until the Lord revealed Himself in a blinding light, and with an audible voice.
Before Paul’s conversion, he persecuted Christian believers, and even approved of them being killed.
At first Christians had a hard time believing Paul’s conversion, and thought he would persecute them, but finally they accepted that he was a Christian too.
But they had heard only, that he which persecuted us in times past now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed. And they glorified God in me. Galatians 1:23
The life of Paul is an amazing story! During his missionary travels, he was shipwrecked, beaten, put in prison, whipped, bitten by a poisonous viper, and more!
To the church in Galatia, Paul wrote about the comparison between the flesh and the Spirit:
9 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Dear God, we are seeing the effects of people living in the flesh. People are separated from You. I wish there were a revival, and that people would repent, and turn to you. However, I see that people are lovers of themselves, rather than lovers of God. They cannot know You, unless You make Yourself known to them. Some people are like Paul, who think they know the right way, and they are doing what they’ve been taught, but in the end it will lead to destruction. Shed Your light and truth in their lives, that they might fully and truthfully know You. Help my faith to grow too, and keep me from being deceived! I pray especially for Your will. I know that You will come in judgment, and that pride goes before a fall. I leave this all in Your hands. In the name of Jesus, Amen.