Todd Sommer – I will show him how many things he must suffer for My names sake.
Dawn Dalton – You have the opportunity to be wise and avoid destruction in your life.
Gaalya Ford – The devil gets way to much credit for what is really just the bad decisions in peoples lives.
The Price of Eagle’s Wings”
Acts 7:57-58 .. (57) “Then they cried out with a loud voice, stopped their ears, and ran at him with one accord; (58) and they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul.”
- Saul “oversees” Stephen’s death
Acts 9:3-6 .. (3)“As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. (4) Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” (5) And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.” (6) So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
- Saul’s goad conversion – “What do you want me to do?”
Acts 9:16 .. “For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.”
- Saul to get the big view of his sufferings
The Deep Calling:
II Cor 12:2-5 .. (2) “I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago—whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know, God knows—such a one was caught up to the third heaven. (3) And I know such a man—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows— (4) how he was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. (5) Of such a one I will boast; yet of myself I will not boast, except in my infirmities”
- Paul to the 3rd heaven
The Deep Calling cont…. (pg 2)
I Cor 7: 1, 7-9 .. (1) “ Now concerning the things of which you wrote to me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman. – (7) For I wish that all men were even as I myself. But each one has his own gift from God, one in this manner and another in that. (8) But I say to the unmarried and to the widows: It is good for them if they remain even as I am; (9) but if they cannot exercise self-control, let them marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion.”
- Paul’s call to celibacy (O.T. warrior precedent)
Now look at summary:
Acts 9:19-25 .. (19) ” So when he had received food, he was strengthened. Then Saul spent some days with the disciples at Damascus. (20) Immediately he preached the Christ in the synagogues, that He is the Son of God. (21) Then all who heard were amazed, and said, “Is this not he who destroyed those who called on this name in Jerusalem, and has come here for that purpose, so that he might bring them bound to the chief priests?” (22) But Saul increased all the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who dwelt in Damascus, proving that this Jesus is the Christ. (23) Now after many days were past, the Jews plotted to kill him. (24) But their plot became known to Saul. And they watched the gates day and night, to kill him. (25) Then the disciples took him by night and let him down through the wall in a large basket.”
- God’s timing is everything!!!
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