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Set on a Different Course

“Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem.”

– Acts 9:1,2

As Christians, we understand that the source of true freedom is not the policy of any nation, but the liberating power of Jesus Christ at work within us. To this end, let’s continue looking at the story of the conversion of Saul, who later became the Apostle Paul.  Having pre-identified followers of the Way in Damascus, he was on a mission to arrest them when the Lord appeared to him on the road.

 He suddenly fell to the ground, was blinded by a bright light, and heard a voice from Heaven say, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” Stopped in his tracks, this previously bitter and self-righteous Pharisee was suddenly set on a different course. Now blind and filled with the fear of God, he humbly received instruction and yielded to an alternate — and better — destiny for the remainder of his days. Free from enslavement to hatred, his heart tasted true liberty and his life became an unstoppable force in the service of His Savior.

My friend, it’s wonderful and right to celebrate the freedom of a nation, but it’s even better to celebrate your liberty in Jesus Christ. Though you once walked as a slave to your own desires, your Savior called you by name and set you free to surrender to His good plan. While it has required you to change course and leave the wide path of self-righteousness to travel the narrow road to victory, the rewards of walking in His Way can be felt deeply in the depths of your spirit. 

Prayer


Jesus, thank you for saving me and for setting my heart free.

Reflection


How has the liberty of God’s love in you made a difference for others?

If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power online at hourofpower.org/episode.  

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