November 10, 2020
And he said, ‘The God of our fathers has appointed you to know His will and to see the Righteous One and to hear an utterance from His mouth. For you will be a witness for Him to all men of what you have seen and heard. (Acts 22:14-15)
What is the truly Christian life? What is the experience of the Christ follower? And what is their purpose?
As Paul is giving the account of his conversion before an angry crowd in Jerusalem, he relates what Ananias told him at his conversion. It describes what Paul was to experience. Notice, that all of these things are not merely intellectual, but practical and experiential.
A true Christian is called to ...
KNOW GOD'S WILL
As believers, we have the astounding privilege of knowing something others will never know. We are able to know the mind and heart of God! We can know what He wants and desires and cooperate with Him to see this accomplished in our lives and the lives of those around us.
This is a supernatural understanding and can only be accessed by spiritual experiences. We know this not merely by head knowledge, but through the Spirit of God making us to know things through the Word of God and prayer. (See Paul's explanation of this in 1 Corinthians, Chapter 2).
SEE THE RIGHTEOUS ONE
Made possible by supernatural spiritual senses, we are able to see Christ. Not in a physical sense, but spiritually. We observe His movement and activity. He is near to us as we draw near to Him.
Our spiritual senses are so enlightened that we see Him daily in creation (Psalm 19) and His presence in the lives of other believers. We watch His activity in the church and know what is of Him and what is not. We are able, by God's grace and Spirit, to observe Him in our lives, the lives of others, in this world, and—in a marvelous sense—in the next.
Paul would later tell us to "Set our minds on things above where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God" (Colossians 3). We can observe this with eyes of Spirit-led faith in ways that no natural man can observe.
HEAR AN UTTERANCE FROM HIS MOUTH
One of the most thrilling components of spiritual life is spiritual hearing. What a privilege to be able to genuinely, experientially commune with God! We can hear what He is saying to us in such ways that we are able to know what He desires for us to do. We feel His promptings to give to others, to speak, to be "still and know that He is God," and on and on.
As we read His word, it is not merely an intellectual exercise, but we are hearing with spiritual ears (if we are attuned and listening). Divine Spirit to human spirit, we are dialed to a frequency unheard by mere humanity.
WE WILL BE A WITNESS FOR HIM TO ALL MEN OF WHAT WE HAVE SEEN AND HEARD
This is the glorious outcome. Our experience, like Paul's and Peter's is so glorious that we "cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard" (Acts 4:20).
And this is God's design for the spread of His kingdom. Our experience is so contagious that it affects everyone we encounter. Some, who love their current lifestyle, will try to avoid this Light. But others, who are prepared by God and longing for a new life, will listen and believe!
What a glorious privilege! What a glorious life! What a glorious God!
Father, thank You for lifting me from a mundane, humanistic life! Thank You that my life is now centered on You and that I life for eternal purposes. Help me fulfill my destiny fully and give me grace so that as many possible can hear of Your beauty and greatness through me.
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November 24, 2020
All of us appreciate a good accounting system, even if we are not the ones administering it. You are grateful when you go to a store, that they will only charge you what is advertised. In business, you want to know how things will be recorded and have a clear understanding of what will be done, particularly when it’s your money that is involved.
God has an accounting system and Paul, when finally enlightened, realized that it was completely opposite of what he had operated under for years.
November 20, 2020
November 18, 2020
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. (Ephesians 1:3)
Do you realize what God has done for you in Christ? Notice the three uses of "bless" in the verse above. Paul blesses God because he has blessed us with every spiritual blessing.