Please God!

Please God

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:

Galatians 5:

 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.

-Dawn-

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5 thoughts on “Please God!

  1. I believe that Christ Jesus chose Saul…(Paul)…to the teaching of the gospel because he was always so dedicated to his beliefs. He was very feared and well known to the disciples of Christ. Saul had a driving and relentless pursuit of Christians to kill them off and destroy this message of Christ prior to his understanding of Jesus’ gospel.

    He was zealous for his Jewish beliefs. Christ wanted to turn that passion to good, and the spreading of the word! And, following Paul’s conversion, he was just as committed and dedicated to the gospel he once opposed. And yet he was humble too, as he saw how much he had cost the Lord in his prior beliefs.

    God has a use for all who will come to Him!

    Steve

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    • Your comment was a great reflection on Paul. He was definitely a dedicated man to his beliefs. We really need to take notice of that today. People in leadership are demanding we give up our beliefs to accommodate theirs. We need to stand firm in our faith, and in God’s mighty power!

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      • This is so true…Amen and Amen! The world has brought us to this place. It believes we are uniting people, but their vision is worldly, and wrong!

        As they unite sinner to sinner, they separate from the Lord God. Who looks after His rights? We do! And we need to get more active in doing just that…

        Steve

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  2. I also believe Father needed somebody with Paul’s intellect to share the mysteries of the Faith. There’s so much meat in his letters and it was important that a person imbued by the Spirit would be able to share them with us ordinary mortals! Bear of little brain that I am! He was an incredible orator and apologist. Yes – Father used Paul’s love of study for His glory. He also had amazing experiences of the Holy Spirit which kept him humble. Thank you Dawn. I love and echoose your prayer. Amen.

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