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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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. 

Is Your Heart Full Of Light or Darkness?

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John 1:5

4 Life was in Him, and that life was the light of men. 5 That light shines in the darkness, yet the darkness did not overcome it.

Whenever Light is present, darkness cannot remain; Light can never be put out because it extinguishes darkness. If you want the dark to go away, turn on the light. Darkness cannot exist while the Light is present but once it is gone, darkness returns. If a person is devoid of God in their heart, the only thing present in his/her heart is pure darkness regardless of how they appear to be outwardly. Those who reject Christ [the Light] darkness will prevail in their life. Darkness cannot overcome the Light but Light overcomes the darkness. If your life is full of darkness [living a life in complete sin, no regard for God or people] and you want a change in the right direction, the only way to take out the darkness in your life is by turning on the Light, inviting Jesus Christ into your heart.

Romans 10:9-13

9 If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation. 11 Now the Scripture says, Everyone who believes on Him will not be put to shame, 12 for there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, since the same Lord of all is rich to all who call on Him. 13 For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.