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“I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting!” (Acts 9:5 NLT).

From: June 13, 2018

TO PERSECUTE THE CHURCH IS TO PERSECUTE CHRIST
Saul encountered the glorious Christ on the road to Damascus. Saul was going there to arrest any followers of Jesus that he might find. Yet, he was instead found by the Lord Jesus Himself. The question Jesus asked was informative, “Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?” Saul asked who it was that was speaking, to which he was answered, “I am Jesus.”
 
The one who persecutes a follower of Jesus, persecutes Jesus Himself. For the Church is the body of Christ and He is its Head (Col.1:18, Eph.1:22-23).

“Immediately he preached the Christ in the synagogues, that He is the Son of God” (Acts 9:20 NKJV).

From: June 13, 2017

Saul the persecutor became Paul the preacher. Within days of his Damascus road experience with Jesus, Saul was preaching Christ in the synagogues. His passion for killing Christians had been replaced with a passion for making them. Why? Because he had encountered the risen Christ and believed. And he wanted everyone to know what Christ had done for them.
 
Are all believers immediately called to making disciples for Jesus? Paul certainly thought so.

“So Israel has been in rebellion against the house of David to this day” (1 Kings 12:19 ESV)

From: June 13, 2016

The ten tribes of Israel rebelled against the House of David and rejected his grandson, Rehoboam as king. The author of this book commented that Israel was still in a state of rebellion during the time of his writing. He spoke of a political reality. Yet, his observation was Spirit inspired and had a spiritual fulfillment. For centuries later when it came time for the long awaited Messiah from the House of David to appear, Israel rejected him too. Those, whether Jew or Gentile, who have rejected Jesus as King are in rebellion to this day.

From: June 13, 2015

015 – Traveling to Uganda today. No OYB posts until I return on June 29th. Jonathan Combs is posting in my absence.

“But the Lord said, ‘Go, for Saul is my chosen instrument to take my message to the Gentiles and to kings, as well as to the people of Israel'” (Acts 9:15)

From: June 13, 2012

God called Saul to a very specific ministry. Do you think God still calls people today? Are we “chosen instruments” to a certain family, city, school, workplace, nation, people group, etc? If God still does this, then don’t you want to be that “chosen instrument” in His hands?

“As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the LORD his God” (1 Kings 11:4)

From: June 13, 2011

Solomon started well but finished poorly. How will you finish? Will your devotion and service for Christ increase as you age or will you retire and coast in the end? Where are the elders whose hearts burn ever brighter with age?