Daily Bread 7-28-17
6 And it came to pass, that, as I made my journey, and was come nigh unto Damascus about noon, suddenly there shone from heaven a great light round about me.
7 And I fell unto the ground, and heard a voice saying unto me, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
8 And I answered, who art thou, Lord? And he said unto me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest.
9 And they that were with me saw indeed the light, and were afraid; but they heard not the voice of him that spake to me.
10 And I said, what shall I do, Lord? And the Lord said unto me, Arise, go into Damascus; and there it shall be told thee of all things which are appointed of thee to do.
The calling of Saul(Paul). What a great example of how we are also called today. He was knocked to the ground, he saw a light, was convicted by the Lord, and was redeemed as soon as he did what the Lord told him to do. He was then baptized and his sins were washed away by Ananias who had delivered the pathway to righteousness to him. We can look at this example today and examine ourselves. Did this occur when we got saved? No, not the blinding or the voice, but did the Spirit of the Lord communicate with us one day? And when it did, did it seem that it was just for us, even when there were many others around? Was the call given to all but only we heard on that wonderful day? And did we become obedient to what we were called to? You see, it was not that the Lord communicated with Saul, it was that he became obedient and followed the instructions of the Lord. He submitted the way we are also to submit. It seems that many of us will recall that there were hundreds of people that heard the same message that day, and they experienced the presence of the Lord, but only one heard his voice. Do you remember? Then we were told to begin to attend Church and that someone would tell us what God's will was in our lives so that we could clearly see. If you have not experienced this personal touch from Jesus Christ, it is strongly urged that you begin to seek for it, and do not let it pass you by. Once he has shown you that you are blind, you will not receive your sight until you become obedient. Once we are convicted and informed of our weaknesses and iniquities nothing will help unless we become obedient to his will. Today, his voice will not come in a fierce light, but it will be undeniable within us, and more than likely many will see the light, but not hear it as God communicates with his children one on one. If it is our time, it is our time. Do not try to ignore when God is trying to call you to this great salvation and service. Already saved? That is what Saul thought as he was obedient to all that was taught him, but he soon realized that he needed help. He realized that what he thought was right was causing harm to the very one who had called him. This is why the gospel says that many are called but few are chosen. Saul was with many others that day and they were all called, but only he was chosen. If your time has come, take the opportunity to step out in faith, even when you feel like you can't see, and come to where you have been led. For many of us this place was, and is, The Church Of God Of The Firstborn, where we have been instructed of how to serve God and how to receive our own sight so that we may begin to carry out what God has planned for us. We know that once we were drawn either to a family that is in the Church, or brought in from the hedges or highways, that we have found where God has desired us to be. Come and find what God has for you where you have been called, The Church Of God Of The Firstborn!! Have a great day!!!!