John Newton was captured by it, “Amazing Grace” as was Apostle Paul, who heralded it again and again throughout the New Testament. “The grace of our Lord was poured out abundantly….the worst of sinners”. Grace is shocking-something like a heavenly converse of a traffic accident, when love is returned for evil. Paul shows the nature of man, and inability for man to resist evil, but for the intervention of God.
Paul changed his name and his person, he would write letters after letter to friends, to churches, to people he had never met-some who wouldn’t be born centuries. He spoke of many things in these letters, but he always came back around to the same theme; that moment of blinding grace on the Damascus road, when sight was wrapped in blindness.
Paul was a Jew by Birth, a Roman by citizenship, a Greek by education, and eventually a Christian by Grace; a Missionary, a Theologian, and Evangelist; a Pastor, an Administrator, a Philosopher and Statesman.
He survived a murder plot by the Jews first and then the Greeks. (Acts 9:23, 29). He was stoned nearly to death then dragged out of the city, left for dead, he later got on his feet and walked to a new city. (Acts 14:5, 19-20). Having managed to get the entire city of Jerusalem in an uproar, he was dragged bodily from the temple and then pursued by roman soldiers. (Acts 21:30-32).
Paul could have said been there done that, but looking down at me from the heavenly table asking; now what’s your story, I would have said “well you see, I haven’t had too many adventures in my life, I sold old cars and old car parts to make a leaving, and just took care of business. But because of this study of Acts all that is changed.
A Christian sermon should be his or her contact says James, it is your works not words, the words from your mouth must be wedded with your action, so that even those who don’t like you would say behold this is a Christians. “Perfect faith leads to perfect outcomes”-florance scovel shinn in secret door to success. Its easier to have faith with things that less matter to you but real success comes when you trust in the bigger things.
The secret door to success tells the story of a priest on a visit to a French convent which everyday feed many children, however it had run out money and the nuns were despairing, holding up every single piece of silver, one of them told the visitor this was all they had left with to buy food and clothes for the children. The priest asked for the coin and the nun handed it to him, he properly threw it out the window saying now relay entirely on God. Soon after people arrived bearing gifts of food and money.
The moral, you don’t have to throw away your money or close your bank account but do not depend on the money you have, whenever you feel short remind yourself God is the source of my supply, you don’t need to know exactly how you will provided for, don’t limit the channels…………………..