Livid – and loved

Learning From God's Word

When Saul of Tarsus set out on his journey to Damascus he was livid. He was furious. He was in a rage. He was “breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples” (Acts 9:1). He was pursuing the Lord’s disciples – with murder on his mind!

This, however, was not the full story. Saul was loved. He wasn’t only the pursuer. He was the pursued. He was being pursued by love, pursued by the love of God, pursued by the God of love.

Soon, his life would be turned around – completely.

“As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him.4He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him,‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?’ 5‘Who are you, Lord?’ Saul asked. ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,’he replied.6‘Now get up and go into…

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Out of Satan’s darkness, into the light of the Lord

How do we get from this - "Lord, you are the God who saves me" (Psalm 88:1) - to this - "darkness is my closest friend" (Psalm 88:18)? - "An enemy has done this" (Matthew 13:28). God's people are under constant attack - from Satan, the enemy of God and his people. Satan is a …

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Lord, bless me and make me a blessing to others.

Acts 19:23-20:16  -  Read verse 28: ‘Great is Artemis of the Ephesians’. Remember Exodus 20:3 - ‘You shall have no other gods before Me’. Remove all pretenders from God’s throne. Rededicate yourself to the Lord - ‘King of my life, I crown Thee now, Thine shall the glory be’ (Redemption Hymnal, 165). People could not …

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The importance of the Sriptures for both private devotion and public ministry

Acts 17:1-34  -  Notice the importance of the Scriptures for both public ministry - ‘reasoning with them from the Scriptures’ and private devotion - ‘examining the Scriptures every day’ (2,11). We need the Word of the Lord on the Lord’s Day. We need the Word of the Lord every day.  God is not the ‘unknown …

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Christ is our Saviour. He is, also, our Lord. In salvation and surrender, we find our true joy.

Acts 15:1-35  -  The Gospel is for all nations.  In the Old Testament, we catch a glimpse of this (Genesis 12:1-3; Psalms 96:1-3;100:1; Isaiah 45:22).  Here, we have the Gospel made clear.  Peter says, ‘We shall be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus’ (11).  Paul says, ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you …

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Help us, Lord, to give ourselves to You, to be changed by You, and to become more useful in Your service.

Lord, we read about Barnabas – he “was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord” (Acts 11:24). Help us to pray, “Make us like Barnabas.” Help us to give ourselves to You, to be changed by You, and to become more useful …

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We thank You, Lord, that we are “saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus.”

We thank You, Lord, that we are “saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus” (Acts 15:11). We receive His grace when we put our faith in Him: “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). Putting our faith in the Lord Jesus – This is just the beginning of a …

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