Archive for July, 2019

Share the Spoil

Wednesday, July 31st, 2019

Then answered all the wicked men and men of Belial, of those that went with David, and said, Because they went not with us, we will not give them ought of the spoil that we have recovered, save to every man his wife and his children, that they may lead them away, and depart…For who will hearken unto you in this matter? but as his part is that goeth down to the battle, so shall his part be that tarrieth by the stuff: they shall part alike (I Samuel 30:22, 24, KJV).

Prior to I Samuel 30, David and his men had been off fighting a battle. They were exhausted, wounded, and ready to relax. But, life had a different agenda. Upon their return to Ziklag, they discovered the Amalekites had invaded, burnt everything, and took the women and children as captives. (Don’t you love being kicked while you’re already down?) God instructed David to pursue the enemy, so he, and his army of 600 war-ravished men, immediately set off to engage in yet another battle.

Just to put this in context, these men didn’t just walk a few blocks across town. They journeyed quite a distance to get to Amalekite territory. They traveled until the brook of Besore, and it was there, 200 men utterly collapsed. Previous travel, fighting bad-guys, and new a work assignment without any time to rest and refuel was too much. Their bodies literally gave out.

Leaving the 200 behind, the remaining 400 men went on and prevailed in battle, striking down the Amalekites. The Lord blessed the men tremendously. They were victorious in battle and able to recover everything taken from them, including their families! God even aided the men in capturing all the Amalekites flocks and herds. They headed back home with their hands and hearts full!

All parties met up at the brook of Besore. I’m sure there was rejoicing as even more families were reunited. But, a few wicked men brought a little rain on the parade. Feeling they had done all the work in defeating the Amalekites, they announced to David they didn’t want to share the spoils with the 200 men who had stayed behind. Wow—way to turn a positive situation into a bad one guys.

David’s response gave everyone a different perspective; he revealed how these men played a vital role in the overall victory. The 200 men were watching over everyone’s provisions back at the brook of Besore. I don’t know all of what this entailed, but I’m sure they had to protect them from other enemies or even wild animals. This wasn’t easy work! When the 400 men went into battle, they were no longer burdened down by carrying provisions. They now had increased strength and energy to defeat the Amalekites! David proclaimed all men would receive their fair, equal share of the spoil.

How does this story relate to us today? We’re all in a battle for our lives against our greatest enemy, Satan. When tests/trials come back-to-back, everyone becomes tired and weary. Our fatigue can get the best of us at times and cloud our judgment. If we’re not careful, we can lose sight of the fact that others are fighting too. We may not all be doing the same things, but we’re all engaged and we’re all fighting.

We can wrongly convince ourselves we’re doing the bulk of the work and that we’re the only ones deserving of a reward. We can mistakenly think our job’s harder or trial worse than someone else, and therefore, deserve more. We must realize everyone has different tasks at various points in this global, spiritual battle. We’re all working in different areas of the battlefield. We’re all fighting. And, we all deserve blessings from our Lord and Savior.

If you see a brother or a sister who has collapsed mid-struggle, don’t be critical. Don’t think you’re better than them. Don’t believe you deserve more than they do. Instead pray for them, reach out to help where you can, and don’t forget to share the spoil. We’re all in this together, and we’re all trying to make Heaven our home.

When Mercy Meets Truth

Sunday, July 28th, 2019

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Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other (Psalms 85:10, KVJ).

In Spite of My Issues

Thursday, July 25th, 2019

And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole (Mark 5:25–28, KJV).

The Woman with an Issue

The was a woman in Scripture who had a blood condition, and therefore, was isolated. She was viewed as unclean by the priests and family members; she was alone and cut off. This woman had invested the little money she had in one false hope after another, but her issue became worse instead of better. Realizing she could not live with the issue, she determined it was time to get radical. She set out, crawled through the crowd, and made every attempt to touch the hem of Jesus’ garment. Once she touched Him, her issue dried up and she was whole.

Our Issues

We all have issues in our life that come in many forms. An issue is a condition, attitude, or circumstance that can hinder our walk with God. They can be from our past or present, and can keep us from living for God the way we want to. Just like the woman with the issue of blood, there is only one solution to our issues: Jesus Christ. If we give our issues to Jesus, He can make us effective in His kingdom.

Elements of Issues

Our issues are a secret. We try to keep them hidden and pray no one will discover them. They become our vulnerabilities in our walk with God. But, in spite of our issues, God will still love us, but we must reveal our true selves to Him (Luke 12:2). Issues, left untreated, can cause separation from God and other people. The issues (sins) in our life become a roadblock from allowing our prayers being heard by God (Isaiah 59:2). We need to repent for these issues and give them to God.

Issues will always flow from a source. Until we deal with the source, the issue will continue to grow in our life (Romans 7:21). The ongoing growth of issues can result in character traits that wind up limiting the way we live our lives for God. They’ll become so prominent, that we stop allowing God’s Spirit to have dominion in our life. Don’t live a life that contradicts what the Word tells us (Romans 14:23).

Issues will trigger strong emotions within us as well as other people, making relationships difficult. We cannot listen to the issues of others, but instead to God  in all things (Proverbs 29:25). Failure to listen to the voice of the Lord can lead us to bondage. Leaving (and abiding) issue in our life will cause us to adapt to them and work our lives around them. We see an example of this in Scripture: the woman with the issue of blood created a life around her issue. We must break out of the issue and turn to God (I John 4:18). Our life is only as effective as our ability to work around our issues.

Often enough, our issues can become excuses. If we allow them to remain unchecked, they will push us farther away from what God wants us to become. We need to remove our issues, everything connected with our old life, and allow God to move in and through us (Ephesians 4:22). If we leave issues in our lives, they will become a part of the enemy’s strategy. We cannot let Satan get an advantage of us; we must be aware of his devices (II Corinthians 2:11).

How to Heal Our Issue

We need to allow Jesus to become our Great Physician. We need to bring our issues to the Lord and ask Him to heal it. As we come before the throne of grace, we need to expect that God is going to be able to do something with our issue. Faith is needed for restoration in our life. Remember, even with our issues, the Kingdom of God will continue to go on. God’s grace is sufficient for us; our strength will be made perfect in weakness (II Corinthians 12:9).

Adapted from Wednesday Night Bible Study on July 24, 2019 with Guest Speaker, Brother Koonce

Be an Overachiever

Wednesday, July 24th, 2019

I’m an overachiever. I’m not saying that to be boastful; it’s just something I’ve learned about myself over the years. My goal isn’t to oust anyone, but I’m driven to do more because overachieving means something different to me than most people. Achieving is a requirement, but overachieving is what I’ve chosen to do beyond the obligation or necessity.

It doesn’t matter what it is, I’ll find a way to overachieve. If I know I need to exercise 30 minutes, I’ll push to get that extra 5 minutes in post the 30-minute threshold. I really feel accomplished when I’ve surpassed an hour. When dusting a bookshelf, while a topical dusting would suffice, I pull down every book, dust it cover-to-cover, put it back on the shelf, and get out a yardstick to shear up the spines. If volunteering for a specific timeslot, I stay well over my allotted time because I’m an extra pair of hands.

I’m not an overachiever on my own accord. I believe God created this desire primarily to influence one particular area. If I’m truly going to use this trait effectively it should be in my relationship with God.

And Hezekiah spake comfortably unto all the Levites that taught the good knowledge of the LORD: and they did eat throughout the feast seven days, offering peace offerings, and making confession to the LORD God of their fathers. And the whole assembly took counsel to keep other seven days: and they kept other seven days with gladness (II Chronicles 30:22–23, KJV).

In the Old Testament, Israel was required to observe the Passover for 7 days. This was mandated by law; they had to do it. But, something interesting happened at this point in history. Under the leadership of Hezekiah, when the 7 days neared completion, the people were moved by what I’ll call an “overachiever spirit.” Revelation came to God’s people that 7 days, albeit the requirement, weren’t enough. They couldn’t be satisfied with just doing the minimal for God. They were going to be overachievers—fulfilling the requirement and then choosing to go beyond the obligation. They decided to celebrate the Passover another 7 days.

When God’s people look at the law and not only follow it but look for a way to do more than the “bare minimum,” this stirs something in my spirit. They listened to the inner desire to drive forward and weren’t satisfied with the status quo. When we serve a great and awesome God, why wouldn’t we desire to be an overachiever? How can we be satisfied with just following the requirements?

Our more, overachiever mentality with God—in whatever form—shows God we’re committed and we’re serious about serving Him. We were created to fellowship with and serve Him, but when we overachieve with God, we tell the Lord serving Him isn’t just a requirement for us, it’s a choice.

Here’s your choice as an overachiever: Tithing is a requirement, but an overachiever gives additional offerings. Praying is a requirement, but an overachiever gets lost in the spirit of intercession. Reading the Word is a requirement, but an overachiever gets lost in its pages for hours in study. Not forsaking the assembly of the church is a requirement, but an overachiever gets involved with ministry and volunteers. Loving people is a requirement, but an overachiever goes out of their way to interact with someone and make them feel loved and appreciated.

What are you going to choose today? Are you going to be a just-enough-Christian and have a mediocre walk with God? Or, are you going to go the extra mile, do more than the requirement, and make sure your Lord and Savior knows that you desire Him more than anything else in this world? Don’t just meet the requirement. Do more and see how God responds to the overachiever.

The Pain of Pursuit

Sunday, July 21st, 2019

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And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions (Matthew 19:16–22, KJV).

God directs us through His Word to do everything with all of our might (Ecclesiastes 9:10). However, most of the time, we don’t follow this admonition. We can’t do half or not give our full effort; it won’t get the job done.

If we’re obedient to God and pursue His will with all our might, we shouldn’t be surprised that we’ll face challenge in our plight. There is pain in the process of pursuit; there will be times it won’t be easy. We cannot have the misconception that if God is involved there won’t be any pain. There will be loss, especially in the form of our way and agenda. If we’re willing to die to ourselves and work for God’s Kingdom, we won’t have a fear of losing anything. When we choose to follow Jesus, there’s more dying in our life than living. However, we will receive a life in Jesus that is worth so much more.

For the young man mentioned in Scripture, the idea of following Jesus was intriguing. However, when the realization came regarding what he’d need to do to follow Jesus, the pain was too great for him. We learn in this lesson that God uses loss and pain to get us to where we need to be in Him. And, through this working, God will be with us during these times of pain. King Solomon taught that sorrow is much better than laughter because it will refine us and make us better (Ecclesiastes 7:3).

The young man had followed many commandments; however, he still asked Jesus which commandments he needed to follow. There were still areas in his life he was unwilling to surrender to Jesus. We must continue to press toward the cross and die out to the things that fulfill us (Philippians 3:14).

It’s time for us to go all in for Jesus! The wicked city of Nineveh chose to repent when they heard Jonah’s preaching, and changed their life complete (Matthew 12:41). The Queen of Sheba came from the ends of the earth, because she was pursuing the wisdom and knowledge of God (I Kings 10:2). Compared to the city of Nineveh and the queen, we should do eve more in our pursuit of Jesus. The one thing stopping us from pursuing Him is the same thing that stopped the young man in Scripture: the fear of loss and perceived pain he’d need to endure. If we’re going to follow Jesus, we need to let everything go and don’t hold anything back.

Modesty in a Modern World

Thursday, July 18th, 2019

I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting. In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works (I Timothy 2:8–10, KJV).

Scriptures on Modesty

Modesty is a much bigger issue than what you put on your body; it starts in your spirit. However, this doesn’t negate what we wear on the outside. God does ask for modesty from His church. As Christians, we’re called to be counter-cultural (I John 2:15). Our culture is obsessed with body image and our clothing makes a statement: it verbalizes who we are and what’s in our heart. As humans we may feel that instruction on personal behavior or dress is an attack on our personal sovereignty. But, if we don’t release this “sovereignty” to God, and be obedient to our call to modesty, it’s will be the biggest roadblock to our spiritual development.

Definition of Modesty

The definition of modesty has changed over the years, even in the church. However, we don’t need to “wonder” about how God defines modesty because we can go to His Word. Modesty is defined as being humble and decent (proper). We are called to dress and adorn ourselves correctly. Our key Scripture setting in I Timothy describes the proper way to adorn ourselves modestly. One word used to describe modesty is shamefacedness, which means shy or decent. Paul also uses sobriety to describe our adornment, which means in moderation.

What Does God Call Covered

Modesty is not relative. Adam and Eve were first clothed in innocence. They became aware of their nakedness because of their sin (Genesis 2:25). When they realized they were unclothed, they made themselves aprons to cover themselves (Genesis 3:7). They opted for something that likened unto a girdle or a belt. This was man’s idea of modesty or a covering. However, God soon provided a proper covering for them (Genesis 3:21). God created a coat (tunic), which had sleeves, and came down to the knees (or ankles).  Because God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, His principles of modesty have not changed. What He clothed Adam and Eve in is how we should be clothing ourselves today.

Principles of Modesty

The goal of modesty is to honor God with our bodies, not because they are dirty or shameful, but because they are glorious and holy. Modesty is an outward manifestation of an inward purity. As believers, we belong to God—we are not our own. Scripture tells us that we have been bought with a price (I Corinthians 6:17). We must ask ourselves: How are we handling God’s stuff? Our body is the temple of the Holy Ghost! Let’s handle it properly!

We care about what we wear because because our clothing separates us as Christians from the damaging culture and behavior around us. Additionally, our dress identifies God’s values and behaviors to the world around us (I Samuel 16:7). What do people see when they see us? They look at our outside, so we shouldn’t appear “cheap” to the world. We shouldn’t take what God made holy and make it common (Proverbs 11:22).

Guidelines of Modesty

We do not buy into the values and norms of our culture. Isaiah 47 tells us uncovering the thigh is a shame. There are elements and guidelines we should consider when selecting our clothing and adorning/covering ourselves. Clothing should have the right span (long enough and covers enough). It should also have the right substance (cover and conceal). Lastly, clothing should have the right slack (not tight and form-fitting).

True Modesty Comes From a Truly Modest Spirit

If we keep our inward man right (and maintain the Holy Ghost) it will tell our outward man how to dress (I Peter 3:3–5). Remember, modesty is in attitude, speech, and actions. If we want modesty to manifest on the outside, we must keep our spirit in check and cultivate it with proper activities. Here’s how: Our modest spirit can be cultivated when we walk in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16–18). This means to do spiritual things over and over again. Additionally, our modest spirit can be cultivated when we avoid the things of the flesh (Galatians 5:19–21). Lastly, our modest spirit is cultivated when we bear the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22–24).

Adapted from Wednesday Night Bible Study on July 17, 2019 with Pastor Nave

A Few More Scars

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019

I have a white line less than a quarter of an inch long on the forearm of my right arm. It’s where my childhood dog bit me when she was a puppy. There’s an indentation on my lower lip from where I cut it open with a plastic spoon as a child. I’ve got a few spots on my legs where I scratched too hard when I had the chicken pox in second grade. There’s a mark on my head near the hairline from when I cracked into the corner of mirror cabinet late last year.

Those spots—and many more I didn’t describe—are all scars from one battle or experience in my life. We all have them. Some bring back fond memories of childhood. Some help us relive an epic event. Some are solemn reminders of past wounds we soon rather forget.

From now on let no one trouble me [by making it necessary for me to justify my authority as an apostle, and the absolute truth of the gospel], for I bear on my body the branding-marks of Jesus [the wounds, scars, and other outward evidence of persecutions—these testify to His ownership of me] (Galatians 6:17, AMP).

Paul was a man I feel dealt with more hardship than anyone else in the Bible. Yes, I’ve read the Book of Job, but Job went into detail about a few of his trials. Paul summed his up in a few lines. Paul was imprisoned numerous times, beaten with 39 stripes 5 times, beaten with rods 3 times, stoned, shipwrecked 3 times, in numerous perils, without food, without shelter, without adequate clothing, etc., etc.—the list goes on and on (II Corinthians 11:23–28).

Oh, and remember the viper that bit Paul on the island of Melita? Paul shook it off into the fire and wasn’t impacted by the venom, but the Bible doesn’t say anything about there not being any puncture marks left behind (Acts 28:3–5).

From these trials, Paul earned a few war wounds. He had a few battle scars. But, Paul didn’t call them scars, he calls them branding-marks. What are these exactly? They’re “holy scars” so-to-speak that Paul earned serving the Lord Jesus. Paul claims in his abundant trials, the scars (marks) left behind testified of God’s ownership over Him. The marks showed he was a slave (or servant) to Jesus Christ.

I’m reminded of a practice in the Old Testament where a slave could opt, at the moment of release, to stay with his master. He would be marked as a permanent servant of one lord, ministering to no one else for as long as he lived (Exodus 21:6; Deuteronomy 15:17). The slave wasn’t necessarily enduring trials and tribulations but would voluntary take a mark to show ownership to someone else.

When I reflect on Paul’s statement, I realize he truly desired tribulations (Romans 5:3) because he knew he’d receive a mark from the experience. The mark would reinforce his identity with Christ and would justify his authority as a worker of Christ. They were necessary to bear the truth of the gospel.

If we are going to be a worker in God’s kingdom, or be identified as a child of God, we need a few marks as well. You can’t bear a mark unless you’ve gone through the trial, had the experience, or fought in the battle. Your mark shows the world you’ve been there, done that, and that God’s brought you through and received the glory for it. Why? Because you belong to Him. You live your life for Him, no matter the cost, no matter how deep the wound, no matter how large the scar.

We all have our physical scars, but I pray we can get some spiritual ones as well. We all need to proudly bear the mark of being a servant of the most high God. I want a few more scars. How about you?

Declaring Jesus

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

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Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious. For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you. God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device (Acts 17:22–29, KJV).

Remember Him

Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

When friends and I are chatting and goofing around, most people assume we’re talking in code. We communicate a bulk of the time via quotes from billboards, announcements, shows, or things we’ve heard other people say. Add a layer of “inside jokes” and we’ve got everyone confused, sometimes even ourselves.

Occasionally in our banter, my friends or I will quote something and then pause because we’re unsure if we’ve spoken accurately. We’ll either correct each other or we’ll take a moment to research the phrase to make sure we’re saying it exactly right—tone quality, accent, and voice inflexion included. When I think about our conversations, it’s astonishing what we can quote verbatim from hundreds of resources. For us, it’s not just the words, but recalling and acting out the associated mannerisms as well.

Consider the volumes of information we all choose to memorize—baseball stats, player information, music lyrics/notes, recipes, etc. We can recall with perfect clarity the layout of our homes, workplaces, and schools, as well as the texture and tastes of foods. When we choose to commit these things to memory, we rarely forget a detail. If we do, we’re able to trigger remembrance in some way.

The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron, and with the point of a diamond: it is graven upon the table of their heart, and upon the horns of your altars; Whilst their children remember their altars and their groves by the green trees upon the high hills (Jeremiah 17:1–2, KJV).

In the Old Testament, God’s people were steeped in idolatrous worship influenced by the surrounding pagan nations. They constructed intricate altars, poles, and gardens to worship these false gods. In doing so, they chose to commit every altar feature to memory. Consequently, Jeremiah calls their memorization abilities into account with their idolatrous sin.

God wouldn’t allow the utilization of any tool when constructing his altars (Exodus 20:25; Deuteronomy 27:5). He wanted them to be plain, solid structures so mankind wouldn’t admire their handywork when approaching for worship. At God’s altar, He would be their focus. His characteristics and Word would be the point of memorization. But, instead of memorizing the right things, God’s people could recall, with perfect clarity, the specifics of their pagan altars alone. They had forgotten the Lord.

How does memorization happen? When my friends and I engage in quoting raillery, we can because of repeated exposure. We listen to and/or read quotes many times. We reinforce memorization by re-researching and/or adding tone or action with the words. And, we choose to do all of this continually. From this repetition, a permanent neuropathway is created (graven) in our brains which then remains.

Ponder the following with me: What do we all choose to remember and/or memorize? Is God’s Word one of them? Can we recall with perfect clarity the ways of the Lord? Can we remember the things He’s spoken to us in prayer? Do we revisit inspirational Scriptures to encourage us when we’re facing trials? Can we quote warfare Scriptures when in combat with the enemy? What’s graven with an iron pen on the walls of our hearts? How deep are the godly neuropathways in our brain?

In life, it’s okay to have fun and memorize a few things here and there that provide comic relief. But, we need to make a concerted effort to memorize godly things as well to help us live our life the other 99% of the time. God’s sharp and powerful Word (Hebrews 4:12) needs to be the graving tool writing on the tablet of our hearts. His Word needs to be creating the permanent neuropathways in our brain and helping us recall in perfect clarity our God and His ways. Remember Him.

An Authority in Itself

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019

You want to know one of my favorite places in the world? The library. There’s something about camping out at a table, surrounded by stacks of books, and settling in for a long afternoon of research. Why? Because it’s an amalgam of so many things I love! It’s quiet, it smells great (the books of course), I get to read, and it’s a learning frenzy!

As a researcher, there’s something about finding the key resource that surpasses any other. You can always find great tidbits of information here and there in various resources, but there’s something about finding just one. After shuffling through dozens of books and rifling through hundreds of pages, when you finally find it, something inside your mind exclaims, “This is it!” It’s the ultimate authority.

When writing a paper, my “this” is a source I can cite multiple times. When compiling a sermon, it’s the apex of the oration. For a business case, my “this” is the information quantifying ROI that seals the deal. Regardless of scenario, this core resource supports something I’m trying to prove to be accurate, helpful, or life-changing. When I find that one resource, it’s irrefutable against everything else. No other argument, theory, or research stands a fighting chance.

But Saul increased in strength more and more, and continued to perplex the Jews who lived in Damascus by examining [theological evidence] and proving [with Scripture] that this Jesus is the Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed) (Acts 9:22, AMP).

Saul was educated by many scholars and theologians of his era. However, even after undergoing hours of religious and doctrinal schooling, he was erroneous in his view toward the disciple’s doctrine and persecuted them unmercifully. He made this mistake only because he used the wrong resource. He consulted the wrong authority.

On the road to Damascus, Saul had an encounter with the Lord, who changed his life and his mindset. Afterward, it was time to share his testimony and newfound truth, but would people believe the words of the man who had just been on a Christian killing-spree? He needed a resource to authoritatively prove his claims. What would he use? Anointed and equipped, Saul went into Damascus and began to preach the same Jesus he had once refuted. And the ultimate authoritative resource Saul used to confront the religious authorities? The Word of God.

When I read this Scripture, I reflected for quite some time. Often in our witness/teaching of the Gospel, we look to other key resources for support. We reference theological resources (evidence) as pertinent resources to prove God.

After Paul’s conversion, he didn’t head back to the earthly libraries and scholars of his day. He didn’t spend hours among books trying to scope out the best rhetoric. Unlike us, Paul realized God’s Word alone was the only key resource he’d need to attest Jesus was the Christ. Being knocked down on the Damascus road jolted something loose in his head. When he looked at the Word, he came to his own exclamation that “This is it!” He found the one resource that was irrefutable against everything else.

I pray today whether we’re preparing for a study, a sermon, our testimony, etc. we look to the Bible as the one, key, authoritative resource to assist us. We don’t need supplementary research, no matter how scholarly, convincing, or reputable it may look or sound. God’s Word is great enough to stand on its own and be the key piece of research (and evidence) we need for any conversation. We’ve already got it at our very fingertips. Pick up the Bible and prove with the authority of the Scriptures that Jesus is Lord!