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Transformed

...testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Acts 20:21
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Perhaps the most dramatic conversion experience in the Bible is that of Saul of Tarsus—who we know as Paul, the author of much of the New Testament. While traveling to persecute the saints who had confessed Christ, Saul was blinded by a light and a voice said to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” Saul asked, “Who are you, Lord?” Jesus revealed his identity and then instructed Saul to head to Damascus to receive further instructions. Once Saul reached Damascus, he met with Ananias, a disciple, who explained to Saul what had happened to him.

Anyone who comes to God for salvation will receive it. The story of Saul’s conversion proves that.

Saul thought he was following God’s plan. After all, his persecution of the saints was done in the name of God. Imagine being so convinced that we’re doing the right thing, only to discover that what we are doing goes completely against God’s plan.

When Jesus revealed himself to Saul, he told Saul that he was persecuting him—not the saints that Saul had physically inflicted harm on, but the very one who had died for Saul.

Another observation we glean from Saul’s conversion is the active presence of the Holy Spirit during our surrender to God. In fact, Scripture declares that it is only by God’s Spirit that we can even call Jesus Lord (1 Corinthians 12:3). The Holy Spirit convicts us of our sins and our need for God, prompting us to turn to him.

Before Saul did one righteous act as a convert, he was filled with the Spirit. He didn’t waste time, did he? In the days immediately following his conversion, he began to preach the gospel. Immediately, when we confess and repent, God comes in. There is no waiting period, no application to be processed. Immediately when we call on the name of the Lord, we are saved. His Spirit enters our lives and daily invites us to a deep relationship with Christ.

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In what ways can you relate to Saul’s conversion? Are there any parts of his story that are hard to believe?

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I am intrigued by the fact that Saul was convinced that he was “fighting the good fight” against Jesus’s disciples. In His heart and mind, he truly thought he was in the right. And then the Lord corrected him in a dramatic way. He took away his sight, so all that was left was sound of God’s voice. I’m convicted by the fact that perhaps I should lean in and LISTEN for the voice of God more – which requires intentionality! It’s requires time in prayer and mediation on the Word, as well as a purposeful inviting of the Holy Spirit into our day. Now, more than ever, I have no excuse for not recentering and refocusing my heart on intentionality with the Lord in order to hear his voice.

On a lighter note, regarding the part of the story that is hard to believe: I’m wondering what it looked must have looked like when the ”scales” fell from Saul’s eyes, as Ananias laid hands and spoke truth over him!?!

He is a testimony that God can work in anyone’s life no matter how far away they feel. No one is too far gone for Jesus

It is so dramatic, to say the least. I can honestly say, my conversion was not that dramatic, but, I do believe for me, actually for each saved person, it is that dramatic.
Jesus called us to Him. As a born-again child of God, I had to know that I was lost, separated from God, the Father. In order to come to that realization, I had to hear the Gospel. I was searching for something. Nothing I did satisfied this search, this need. Not my job, not my wonderful husband, not my family, not my friends, not my things. Nothing! But GOD!
I found myself in that search, heeding the advice of a friend that I wasn’t happy, and she would see me Sunday, at 9:30am at the little Church on the State Highway. That was my moment! My Saul moment. Jesus, called out to me through a soft voice of need.
I was blinded, yet now, I see.
It takes my breath away, every time I reflect on that moment. Now, I find myself helping in Sunday School, facilitating a small group in or outreach Children’s Ministry, and talking with others about the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Once the Holy Spirit came into my heart, I feel that Jesus is just leading me! Not perfect, but able to help further His Kingdom.
I pray for others to seek Him, His will, and accept His awesome gift of salvation!

I relate to the statement "anyone who comes to God for salvation will receive it." I began to see Jesus as my savior about 3 and 1/2 years ago, yet I didn’t always follow God’s guidance. I chose to do what I thought was right, even when I had an inkling it wasn’t. It lead me to some broken times. But it also turned my eyes to God and forced me to pray often to get through it. God has provided rest for me in challenging times, and I have learned to follow his guidance, even when I don’t want to or don’t feel it’s possible. I don’t have any doubts with Saul (Paul’s) story. It is no coincidence that Saul was blinded by a light. That is God. I believe because I, too, have had what I’m sure others would think was a "supernatural" experience. After a prayer to find a partner for myself, a couple of months later, I started spending more time with a man in my life. After a short day trip together, he spoke some much truth about myself that I didn’t even realize about myself. When I went back to my room when we returned, I heard God say, "This is it." I have never doubted that to be true. We are now a few months away from getting married!

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