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Thursday, January 09, 2020
There are some things we can learn from others; other things we can learn by our own study; but some things you will only learn from God through the Holy Spirit. He usually does this when we are alone, undisturbed and in solitude. I’ve often discovered this happens at night. In fact, my book, Light in the Night for Living in the Day, explores this. If you’d like a copy, email me, firstname.lastname@example.org, or through the contact link.
After Paul spent this time alone with Jesus Christ in Arabia he went back to Damascus and preached the Gospel there. Soon some who rejected the message conspired to kill him. They watched at the city gates day and night. Believers “took him by night and lowered him in a basket through an opening in the wall” (Acts 9:25). Again God used others to help Paul in his walk and work.
After escaping, he set his sights on Jerusalem. This was now over three years since he left Jerusalem for Damascus. Word preceded him that he was a changed man, a follower of Jesus Christ, but they feared maybe it was all a ruse. They weren’t sure they could trust him. Acts 9:27 says, “But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. He told them how” God had changed his life and used him in His service. Again, God used someone to be a bridge builder, bringing Paul into the church in Jerusalem. We’ll meet Barnabas again. He played a significant role in Paul’s life.
Have you ever been an advocate for someone new, helping them get integrated into the life of your church?