Devotional Study- Where Did You Meet the Lord? AJ Iovino

Posted: May 27, 2012 in Devotionals & Bible Studies
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Devotional Study- Where Did You Meet the Lord?

AJ Iovino- 5-9-12

Tolstoy’s Changed Desire

In my conversation, Count Leo Tolstoy, the eminent Russian writer, tells how he turned from evil to good: “Five years ago faith came to me: I believed in the doctrine of Jesus, and all my life was suddenly changed. I cease to desire that which previously I had desired, and on the other hand, I took to desiring what I had never desired before. That which formerly used to appear good in my eyes appeared evil, and that which used to appear evil appeared good.”

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What Have You Done Since?

In 1897 Dr. Grenfell was in Boston. Mr. Moody was holding meetings in Tremont Temple at the time. Dr. Grenfell sought him out at his hotel—the first time they had ever met—and told Mr. Moody he owed his conversion to him 14 years before.

“What have you been doing since?” was Mr. Moody’s immediate question.

—Current Anecdotes

Acts 26:15-18

15 “Then I asked, ‘Who are you, Lord?’

“ ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,’ the Lord replied. 16 ‘Now get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen and will see of me. 17 I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them 18 to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’

 

I wonder what the Apostle Paul was thinking while he traveled on the road to Damascus?  I can only imagine what was going through his mind.  Was he systematically thinking of how he was going to round up Christians and have them arrested and persecuted?  Did he have any feelings or a change of heart while he made this venture?  I bet meeting Jesus that day was the last thing he expected.  After all, Jesus was dead and buried, wasn’t he?  Paul, while persecuting the followers of Jesus, was also persecuting Jesus.

Paul next received the last thing he ever expected.  He would be commissioned directly by the Son of God to be a witness for the very people he was going to persecute.  The Lord Jesus Christ would keep Paul safe from all his enemies, both Jew and Gentile while he carried out his newly appointed mission.  Paul’s mission would be primarily focused on the Gentiles to enlighten them to the Gospel message.

H. K. Downie summarizes what the Gospel does as per verse 18:

1. It relieves from darkness.

2. It releases from the power of Satan.

3. It remits sins.

4. It restores a lost inheritance.

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Friends, God’s Word has power.  He can take you from where you are today- lost and confused and turn you into a soldier for Truth!  It is only by an encounter with Jesus Christ that a person can be truly changed.  Your former life, thoughts and habits will be realigned and changed to conform with the Grace, Mercy and Peace that come through a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Questions for Today:

1-Are currently on your road to Damascus?

2-Has the Lord Jesus given you a commission in His Kingdom?

3-If so, what have you been doing since your conversion experience?

4-Do you let the fear of persecution hinder your witness for Christ?

5-Do you forget that if the Lord Commissions you, He has the power to carry you safely through until completion?

Related Scripture References:

(1 Chronicles 16:35, Isaiah 35:5, Isaiah 61:1, Jeremiah 1:7, Luke 7:22)

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, thank you for your saving Grace.  Thank you for providing a way not only to know you, but to have an eternal relationship with you through your Son Jesus Christ.  A relationship that can never spoil, tarnish or fade away.  Thank you for meeting us on our road to Damascus and removing the scales from our eyes.  Without your Holy Spirit, we would still be groping around in blindness and living in the World.  Without hope, direction or purpose.  Continue to work in us and through us as the message of salvation is communicated through our works and demonstrated by our Godly living.  Lord God, enlighten those who may still be on their road to Damascus and have not felt your loving-kindness in their lives.  May their eyes be opened to the Gospel and may many respond to your call in their lives.  In Jesus mighty name.  Amen.

Devotional-Where did you meet the Lord-AJ Iovino


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