THURSDAY July 19, 2018
Least of the Apostles
For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
1 Corinthians 15:9
Paul had great humility, he never bragged or spoke about himself; he always spoke about the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and God used him mightily and powerfully. I like Paul’s attitude.
When Paul was saved, at first, the other Apostles did not accept or trust him. Why? He had greatly hated and persecuted the Church. When he was on his way to Damascus, the Lord appeared to him, and a light shone around him from heaven. Paul fell down. Then Jesus spoke to him: “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” Paul replied: “Who are You, Lord?” Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads” (Acts 9:4-5).
At that particular moment Paul was converted, but the Lord had blinded him. He remained in the city for three days––blind. The Lord, in a vision spoke to Ananias, and commanded him to go lay hands on Paul so he would receive his sight. Ananias was very apprehensive because Paul was well-known for killing Christians.
But as Ananias obeyed the Lord, the scales immediately fell off Paul’s eyes and he could see. He was baptized with the Holy Spirit. Paul was never the same again. The Lord commissioned him to preach the Gospel to the Gentiles. Notice how he was so humble in sharing his testimony (Acts 9). When Paul gave his testimony, he confessed to persecuting Christians. Paul consented to killing believers and putting them in jail: Acts 22:4-5; 1Timothy 1:12-13, and Galatians 1:13.
When was the last time you humbly shared your testimony with others?
And they [Christians] overcame him [Satan] by the blood of the Lamb [Jesus Christ] and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.
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