Acts 9:3-5 “And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.”
It will never grow old.
To hear the story of one redeemed; whether it be the apostle Paul’s testimony in Acts 9, or a saint of God recently trusting Christ, never ceases to amaze me.
Our testimony is something irrefutable because it is ours. Which makes it all the more urgent that we should tell it early and often to all who will listen.
Whenever the enemy has struck during my weakest moments, I can hurl back the fact that when all of the time is done, he will be cast into the lake of fire, and I will enter into glory to reside in a mansion built for me.
That fact should comfort our souls. Yet, we struggle still.
Why is that?
Often, our meditation is quickly diverted by some emergency or urgency we deem more important.
A good friend of mine preaches a series called “Your Meditation Determines Your Destination.” He stresses that we control that which our minds meditate upon by the choices we make. Those choices are crucial to overcoming in the heat of the moment.
Psalm 101:2-3 “I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart. I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.”
David knew and practiced it.
Philippians 4:8-9 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.”
This passage is known to many as “God’s Filter for the Mind.” Things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, good report, and containing virtue are things for us to set our hearts and minds upon.
This year will undoubtedly have its challenges. We will go through seasons of both success and failure, victory and defeat. Through good times and bad, we can maintain an even spirit.
That depends on how close we stay beside our Savior. Determine today that you will keep short accounts with God. At the moment you find yourself away from God, search for sin, confess and forsake it.
That way, we rush back into our Savior’s arms; to the comfort He provides and the security of an eternal love that never fails.