Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Acts 9:16 Scripture Meditation by Stephen Taylor

Acts 9:16

“I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.” 


I was reading the story of Saul on the road to Damascus, when Jesus appeared to him, and the part that stuck out to me was Jesus telling Ananias to go heal Saul, telling him, “I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”


That is how powerful a true encounter with Jesus is! Paul knew beforehand how hard it was going to be, how many people would desert him, that he would be flogged, stoned. shipwrecked, imprisoned, then finally martyred. Yet, just a couple verses after this it says, he began to preach at once!!


It also tells me that Paul had a choice, because Jesus showed him what was to come and Paul could have said ‘no thank you’!!! But once you have that “one-on-one” breakthrough with Jesus, it’s hard to go back to the old way you were doing things!! Our Lord is so awesome and wonderful that Paul knew his life on earth was basically over, but he rejoiced and embraced the fact that he got to use what he did have left to serve the Lord!! I want faith, love and determination like that!!


The great news is that the same Jesus who met Paul on the road that day is waiting with open arms for you as well!! No shame, no guilt – just a fresh lease on life with the Savior of the world as your best friend!!


I love you all, God bless, and glory to God!!!!!




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