GOD did a mighty work in this man’s life and used Paul to show the power HE has to change and use a person no matter their former background.
2 Corinthians 5:14 ” For CHRIST’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view”
Paul’s passion for Christ was his every breath in life. He could no longer view people the same. Paul’s passion for CHRIST just overflowed in every area of his life. His waking, his sleeping, his eating, his walking, his talking, his teaching, his preaching. There was never a moment when CHRIST was not pouring fourth in his life… he had a true passion for CHRIST and CHRIST alone. Paul knew and understood that he no longer was his own but truly was bought with a price.
Paul understood suffering for Christ at depths most of us will never encounter. He knew that his momentary troubles and sufferings were achieving for him an eternal purpose that far outweighed all the hardships. He continued to set his eyes on what was not seen and looked to CHRIST in every situation and Paul fully understood that he was not his own.
In Philippians 1:20 it says, “I eagerly expect and hope that I will in now way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For me to live is Christ and to die is gain.”
Paul knew that neither life or death mattered as both would glorify Christ and Christ had power over both.
Paul was in prison many times and he continued to rejoice no matter the situation. His joy was not in circumstances but in CHRIST… always!
Christ was Paul’s reason for joy, for living, for getting up every morning.
If we would truly grasp this truth it would not matter the situation we are in and we would still be able to rejoice in CHRIST, moment by moment, day by day, and know that we are not our own.
No trial would, or could, out weigh our joy in CHRIST!
Dear Father may we, today, understand and have wisdom to know your truth and fully grasp all you are and may we, today, find JOY in knowing you and have a full passion for you. Restore to us the joy of our salvation and restore our passion for you JESUS!
All for JESUS!
Don’t Pass Us By ~ by Charlie Hall
And the Lord said If my people who are called by my name
Humble themselves and pray and turn away from their wicked ways
I will come and heal their land If my people pray
If my people would pray
(Chorus)Broken hearts would be healed
Oh the blind man can see
Lord lift up our eyes Holy Spirit come
And the Lord said Climb the mountain child seek my face with your heart
Ooh weep and cry to be set apart I’ll pour my spirit raining down
Breaking hearts that are hard and bound If my people who know my ways
Would fall to their face and pray
Heal the sick feed the poor clothe the naked see the wicked be saved
When you pray if we’d pray