Daily Devotional

  • A Personal Testimony — Thursday March 23, 2023

    THURSDAY March 23, 2023

    A Personal Testimony

    As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering every house, and dragging off men and women, committing them to prison.

    Acts 8:3

    Who was Saul? In the Scriptures, Paul the Apostle attested to his past accolades before his name change. As Saul, he saw himself as a privileged Jew having an esteemed Jewish lineage and education. If anyone had anything to boast about it was Saul. Before he came to Christ, he had great confidence in his Jewish heritage, and in his knowledge of the Law:

    ...though I [Paul] also might have confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he may have confidence in the flesh, I more so: circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee; concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless (Philippians 3:4-6).

    “I am indeed a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, taught according to the strictness of our fathers’ law, and was zealous toward God as you all are today. I persecuted this Way to the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women, as also the high priest bears me witness, and all the council of the elders, from whom I also received letters to the brethren, and went to Damascus to bring in chains even those who were there to Jerusalem to be punished” (Acts 22:3-5).

    Paul confessed that before his conversion to Christ, he persecuted those who were of the Way. The reference to the Way speaks of the Christian Church. Saul, the name he was known before Christ, was a bounty hunter! He persecuted Christians! He received letters from the Sanhedrin to go everywhere, into every house, to arrest and prosecute Christians. However, Saul was no match for God or the power of the Holy Spirit.

    As a Christian, who is persecuting you? Pray! God can transform an enemy of the Cross into an evangelist proclaiming the Christian faith.
    Every story of conversion is the story of a blessed defeat
    ~C.S Lewis~

  • Getting Worse Before Getting Better — Wednesday March 22, 2023
  • A Man with a Mission — Tuesday March 21, 2023
  • The Persecutor — Monday March 20, 2023
  • Forgiveness for Murderers — Sunday March 19, 2023
  • A Witness to Martyrdom — Saturday March 18, 2023
  • St. Patrick’s Day — Friday March 17, 2023
  • Martyrdom — Thursday March 16, 2023
  • A Forceful Rebuke — Wednesday March 15, 2023
  • Maker of Heaven and Earth — Tuesday March 14, 2023
  • A Dwelling Place — Monday March 13, 2023
  • The Idiocy of Idolatry — Sunday March 12, 2023
  • Really, Back to Bondage? — Saturday March 11, 2023
  • God’s Prophet — Friday March 10, 2023
  • The Rejected Ruler — Thursday March 9, 2023
  • Holy Ground — Wednesday March 8, 2023
  • The Great “I AM” — Tuesday March 7, 2023
  • Reconciler on the Run — Monday March 6, 2023
  • The Defense of a Deliverer — Sunday March 5, 2023
  • In God’s Hands — Saturday March 4, 2023
  • A Treacherous King — Friday March 3, 2023
  • A Family Reunion — Thursday March 2, 2023
  • God’s Providence — Wednesday March 1, 2023
  • God Is With Us — Tuesday February 28, 2023
  • The Covenant of Circumcision — Monday February 27, 2023
  • God’s Perfect Timing — Sunday February 26, 2023