March 10, 2020: SOAP #3750: Deuteronomy 13-15; Galatians 1
Scripture: Galatians (NIV) 1:22 I was personally unknownto the churches of Judea that are in Christ. 23 They only heard the report:“The man who formerly persecuted us is now preaching the faith he oncetried to destroy.” 24 And theypraised God because of me.
Observation: Paulwas giving his testimony of how God had saved him and called him to preach thegood news of Jesus. Paul (Saul) had beensent out from Jerusalem to arrest believers in Antioch but the Lord had arrestedhim. Since that time, Paul had mostlystayed away from Judea. Saul was knownin Judea and although he was not present in Judea, the believers had heardreports about Saul. Travelers from thearea around Antioch brought them reports of how God had changed Saul. Whenpeople heard the reports, they knew that only God could bring about such achange! Their response was to praiseGod!
Application: May thethings I say and do bring the same response from others. May others see evidence of God's presence inme. May my love for Jesus be easilyseen.
Prayer: Lord,two goals I have in serving you: First,may you receive praise from my heart and mouth. Second, may you receive praise from others because of me. Amen
Making friends for time and eternity!