While working on the sermon tonight I felt an urge to give you a sneak peak of the word “Just do it” that we will receive @newbeechgrove Sunday.
One of the Roadblocks Satan tries to use to keep you from walking into your destiny is to trick you into thinking your future can be overshadowed by your past. Saul was the up-and-coming Pharisee. His greatest accolade was supervising the killing of Stephen by a mob of his people (Acts 8:1). He’d gone to Damascus on a mission to imprison and persecute the Christians. “All those who heard him were astonished and asked, ‘Isn’t he the man who raised havoc in Jerusalem among those who call on this name? And hasn’t he come here to take them as prisoners to the chief priests?’” (Acts 9:21). When we respond to God’s go, we get a fresh start with Jesus. But people aren’t quick to forget. Sometimes you fall right back into the trouble you were in before. To the family who knew you for your character flaws. To the business you built dishonestly. To the friends who knew you for your sins. Saul ended up preaching Jesus to the Jews who knew him as the persecutor of Jesus. Your greatest roadblock to living out God’s go is often a reputation you established in life before you responded to Jesus. Yet we see in Acts 9 that Saul didn’t let the shadows of his past stop him or even slow him down. When we step into God’s plan for us, He gives us strength and grace to accomplish what He has asked us to do.
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