A New Name for a New Man

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Acts 13:9
Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, . . .

He was educated at the highest levels in both law and theology.
He was an international traveler,
aware and sophisticated in the ways of the world.
A young leader with all the right connections,
he was climbing the career ladder at a rapid pace.
Devout
Respected
Even feared.
But he was a man at war with himself.
He was Saul.

On his wat to Damascus, a trip where he planned to strike a violent blow against this new branch of the Jewish faith what was spreading like wildfire he encountered the risen Christ.He was struck blind and jesus spoke to hime in an audible voice: “Saul! Saul! Why do you persecute me?” Acts 22:7

From that moment, ther persecutor became a preacher:
the man who was roiling inside with turmoil came to inner peace.
Saul was remaned by God Himself and became Paul.
Meeting the risen Lord chanes everything.
from ~~ A Daybook of Grace

2Corinthians 5:17
Therefore if any man be in Christ,
he is a new creature:
old things are passed away;
behold, all things are become new.

Today’s thought – Peace in My Heart

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Good Morning

Hebrews 10:22-24 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:

You can do everything right
and still not feel at peace in your heart
about your relationship with God.
Eighteenth-century giant, John Wesley,
came to America as a missionary,
ministered to prisoners,
and preached throughout the English countryside
in open-air revival services.
He read his Bible and prayed everyday.
But despite all those efforts,
he still felt insecure and unsure of his salvation.

What he discovered was that peace of heart,
assurance of our relationship with God
can only come from God Himself,
not our efforts.
While someone read from Luther’s Preface to the Epistle to Romans
at a prayer meeting,
he had an experience that changed his life forever:
“While he was describing the change
which God works in the heart trough faith in Christ,
I felt my heart strangely warmed.
I felt I did trust Christ.
Christ alone for salvation;
and an assurance was given me that He had taken away my sins,”

If you’re lacking assurance,
turn to Christ alone,
and your heart, too, can be “strangely warmed.”

from A Daybook of Grace

Turn . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie