October 26, 2019: SOAP #3614:  Job 17; Acts 24-26 Scripture:  Acts (NIV) 26:13 About noon, O King, as I was on the road, I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, blazing around me and my companions. 14 We all fell to the ground, and I heard a voice saying to me in […]

October 26, 2019:SOAP #3614:  Job 17; Acts 24-26

Scripture: Acts (NIV) 26:13 About noon, O King, asI was on the road, I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, blazingaround me and my companions. 14 We all fell to the ground, and I heard a voicesaying to me in Aramaic, 'Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? It is hard foryou to kick against the goads.' 15 “Then I asked, 'Who are you, Lord?'“'I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,' the Lord replied. 16 'Now get upand stand on your feet. I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant andas a witness of what you have seen of me and what I will show you. 17 I willrescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them18 to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the powerof Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place amongthose who are sanctified by faith in me.'

Observation:  Twosurprises for Saul.  First: the being,appearing in light brighter than the sun, was the very one Saul had been persecuting.  He was taking Saul's persecution of theChristians as personal.  What Saul wasdoing to the believers, he was doing to Jesus!  

Second:  Jesus did not come to Saul withrevenge, but with an assignment. 

Application:  Thatis the same way Jesus has treated me!  Hehas not come with revenge, but with an assignment.  I could easily expect revenge, but with Himit would not be revenge, but just punishment. However, in His great mercy, he comes with grace and forgivenessAND anassignment.  Love for Him andappreciation motivates me to fulfill my assignments. 

Prayer:  Holy Spirit, anoint me to fulfill my assignments. Live and flow through me while I am hereon earth just as you did through Jesus when He was here on earth.  Amen

Pastor Leon
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