Scripture reading: Acts 9:1–31
Key verse: 2 Corinthians 2:17
We are not, as so many, peddling the word of God; but as of sincerity, but as from God, we speak in the sight of God in Christ.
The apostle Paul encountered Jesus Christ on the Damascus road. Blinded and prostrate before God, Paul realized nothing he had learned could rival what Christ had revealed. Nor did he have a grasp of the immediate changes that would take place in his life.
Some people have shared how God removed certain sinful desires at the point of salvation. Others tell how old habits disappeared gradually. However, neither of these statements explains the depth to which God’s salvation reaches. Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 5:17–18 (nasb): “Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. Now all these things are from God.”
When you accept Christ as your Savior, God immediately transfers your name from the book of sin and death to the Book of Eternal Life. He purifies your life and no longer views you according to your sin, but deals with you according to the testimony of His Son.
Don’t harbor the memories of past failures and sins. Once you come to know Jesus, the past is eternally behind you and the new you—holy and pure—is forever in front of you.
Dear heavenly Father, I praise You that forever is in front! There are unlimited divine encounters with You that await me in the future.