Damascus: The Road To Salvation

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Jesus revealed Himself to Paul on the road to Damascus

Acts 9:1-6

Now Saul was still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord. He went to the high priest 2 and requested letters from him to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any men or women who belonged to the Way, he might bring them as prisoners to Jerusalem. 3 As he traveled and was nearing Damascus, a light from heaven suddenly flashed around him. 4 Falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?”
5 “Who are you, Lord?” Saul said.
“I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting,” he replied. 6 “But get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”

Acts 9:10-12

10 There was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias, and the Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” “Here I am, Lord,” he replied.
11 “Get up and go to the street called Straight,” the Lord said to him, “to the house of Judas, and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, since he is praying there. 12 In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias coming in and placing his hands on him so that he may regain his sight.”

Acts 9:17-18

17 Ananias went and entered the house. He placed his hands on him and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road you were traveling, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”
18 At once something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he got up and was baptized. 19 And after taking some food, he regained his strength.

Most of us have already experienced a Damascus road where Jesus met with us in life when we were lost. Some answered the Lord with “Yes Lord, I believe” and the scales fell from our eyes. Others, on the other hand said, “No! Leave me alone!” making the scales remain in their eyes.

You don’t know how long you will be on that road. Once you leave that road, your decision will be final. As long as we are in the Damascus road, Jesus will be walking alongside trying to persuade us through one of His followers that He is the only way to the Father. When a person from the heart makes their choice not to be with Him, Jesus walks away. 

Jesus will always give everyone a chance in their Damascus road and He will always have an Ananias ready to be sent to that person to share the Word of God with them for salvation. 

Every Christian is an Ananias. We must be ready when the Lord gives us the green light to go to an individual for the scales of deception to fall out from his eyes so that he may see and know the truth, setting him free.

As Christians, we have the privilege of participating with the Holy Spirit in bringing people to Christ. 

How can we be ready when we receive God’s call? 

Into the fire
Like firefighters, Christians must face the fires of hell to bring people out of there

Jude 1:22

22 Have mercy on those who waver; 23 save others by snatching them from the fire; have mercy on others but with fear, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.

A good illustration would be that of a firefighter. They always train and work in shifts of 24 hours, weekends and holidays, being at the ready for any type of emergencies. Their number one goal is to save lives and to put out the fire. As Christians, we are like firefighters. We must train daily by getting our minds ready through God’s Word so that we will be well equipped with the fire hose of the Gospel of Christ to bring people to a saving faith in Christ Jesus for the salvation of their souls from the fires of hell. 

Be ready to suit up. God might call you next…

 

 

 

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A Passion For The Truth

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Isaiah 66:2

My hand made all these things, and so they all came into being. This is the LORD’s declaration. I will look favorably on this kind of person: one who is humble, submissive in spirit, and trembles at my word.

The Creator of the universe desires this in His followers, 

  1. Humbleness– A person who allows himself to be directed by the Holy Spirit
  2. Submissive in spirit– A person who obeys everything written in Scripture which 2 Timothy 3 summarizes it perfectly

2 Timothy 3:16-17

16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

You must teach the Word of God correctly, rebuke a wayward Christian to bring them back in right standing with the LORD, train them in the Truth [Scripture] alone without adding anything else to it. 

If you willfully shrink back from rebuking someone for teaching something that is not truthful, it shows where your heart truly stands. 

At the end of the verse, the LORD showers grace to the one who fears His Word. A Christian has to love the Truth and defend it. 

In social media, you will encounter countless of false teachers who are there to destroy your faith by convincing you to believe in false doctrine. You will know them by the fruit of their mouth. Remember, whatever comes out of their mouth tells you what fills their heart. If they attack your character and not your teachings is because you are in the truth and they have nothing else to say but will try to stop you from doing God’s will through character assassination. Rejoice and be glad because they did the same to Jesus Christ and the prophets before Him. 

False prophets will teach truth mixed with lies so you must be prepared by always being in the Word and in prayer. False Christians will look almost like the genuine article but watch what they say and teach very carefully because what’s in their heart will eventually come to the surface.  

If you know someone who is false, separate yourself from them or else you will be like them, spreading false teachings and the Lord will rebuke you. If you love them, you will tell them the truth.

Love the truth, love righteousness, love Jesus and preach the whole counsel of God. Don’t pick and choose.

Do you defend the Truth regardless of the consequences?   

 

The LORD Wants You To Take The Cup Of Salvation

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Psalms 116:12-13

12 How can I repay the LORD for all the good he has done for me? 13 I will take the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD.

How can a person give back to the Lord for all the blessings he has? Take the cup of salvation. What is the cup of salvation?

Let us look at verse 13 with the word salvation in Hebrew.

13 I will take the cup of Yeshua and call on the name of the LORD.

Now, the true meaning.

13 I will take the cup of Jesus and call on the name of the LORD.

Matthew 26:27-28

27 Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks, he gave it to them and said, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 For this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

How can you repay the LORD for all the good He has given you? Believe in His Son Jesus Christ and for shedding His blood on the cross for your sins. If you call on His name, you shall be saved.

That is how you repay the LORD.