Galatians 1:23 What Report Are They Hearing?

They only heard the report: “The man who formerly persecuted us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.” Galatians 1:23

Reports come out about famous people all the time. They talk about what the person is doing. Often the news is about something negative that occurred, drunk driving, drugs, divorce or more.

Rarely is the news about a complete change of character or actions. Most people do not go through a change of lifestyle large enough for people to sit up and take sudden notice of it. Usually it is a slow gradual change, if there is any.

Paul says that the people in the churches of Judea did not know him at all, but had heard reports about him. Those reports were that he was a completely different person.

Every person has a report about them. People who have met them do talk about them. The question is what are they saying? For the majority of people, life is always the same, day after day, year after year. There are very few major changes in their lives.

There are very few things in their lives that stick out as amazing or to catch the attention of everyone else. Most often the major change is a marriage/divorce, birth of a child, a new job, or a new move to a new location. Very seldom is it a change of character.

The person who becomes a believer, should go through a complete change of character. He is becoming a new creation in Jesus Christ. The old ways of thinking and doing things are to be gone.

This should be such a change that people are talking about it. While many believers don’t really change and still look like the world, the true believer should. He should have a complete change of character that has people noticing.

Take a moment to look at your life and listen to what people are saying about you. Is there a complete, radical change in your life that can be seen by others? Or do you still look and act like the world?

Allow God’s Holy Spirit to fill you and change you from the inside out. Become a new creation in Christ Jesus that will turn heads and get people to talking.

Do not allow yourself to look and act like the world, but to look and act like Jesus.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will guide you in turning away from the world and sin; that people will see you are a follower of Jesus; and that God will create you into a new creation.

Acts 26:22 Just Say What Scripture Says

But God has helped me to this very day; so I stand here and testify to small and great alike. I am saying nothing beyond what the prophets and Moses said would happen–Acts 26:22

When people talk about some great event or situation that occurred, they like to add their own little twists to the story. They want to put in their own interpretation of what had happened.

As this is done, it is common that the truth about what occurred is changed. Details are often overlooked and the truth is ignored or missed.

Paul was being tried for his preaching. As he stood in court to make his defense, he told them that he has said nothing than that what was already said in the past by the prophets and the known Scripture at the time.

Today believers have all of the Old and New Testament to know what God has to say. It shows the leading up o and after Jesus arrived to provide salvation for all people. God wants people to be informed of His message to all people.

Some, however, want to add to the scriptures. They try to say things that are not found in the Bible and make it as though it is God’s word. Or they take and change what the Bible is really saying to make it say what they want to hear.

When people talk more than what Scripture says, they often promote or allow for sin and deviation from God’s word. The message of salvation is watered down and often made contradictory to what God said.

Every believer is to spread the gospel message, just as God has laid it out. They are not to add or take away from the message. As with the old court saying, they are to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

Going through your days God will open doors for you to spread the gospel message to others. You have a choice as to what you will speak. You can either speak the truth according to God’s word, or you can speak your own version of the truth.

Do not allow yourself to deviate away from what God has already said. You may talk of your experience, but keep it in line with what God’s word teaches and says.

Be willing to testify before all people what God has to tell them.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what God says in His word; that you will speak the words of God to those you meet; and that God will open doors for you to be His witness to others about the salvation Jesus brings.

Acts 25:7 Unprovable Charges

When Paul came in, the Jews who had come down from Jerusalem stood around him. They brought many serious charges against him, but they could not prove them. Acts 25:7

Every day courts across the nation are filled with people being tried for many different things. The goal of the courts is supposed to be to seek the truth of a given situation and judge accordingly.

In every court case there is one side that tells the truth and one side that is telling a lie, one innocent and one guilty. No one really wants to be on the guilty side.

Paul was in court being tried. Those who were accusing him had brought many different charges against him, but none were able to be proven true. Paul was found to be innocent.

The world does not like believers and will often do what it can to destroy one. Following the ways of their leader, Satan, the world will cast many accusations against a believer.

Sadly, over the years there have been many believers who have been guilty of what was said. Believers guilty of embezzlement, cheating, lying, adultery, and much more.

Every believer should be living their lives in such a way that the world will be unable to accuse them of any wrongdoing. The world should be unable to prove any charges of doing wrong in the life of a believer.

When a believer is living his life as pure and holy, like that of Christ, Satan will be unable to prove any charges against him. The only charges a believer should be guilty of is doing what God wants done that is against the ways of the world. As long as it does not break God’s laws, one should never break the laws of man.

Each and every day you have a choice as to how you will live your life. You can live your life as the world lives, in sin and falsehood. Or you can live your life like that of Jesus, pure and holy.

The world is watching you and is waiting to accuse you of something. Live your life in such a way that the world can throw many accusations against you, but none of them can be proven.

Let your life be a witness of who God is to this dark and fallen world. Let the world be amazed when they cannot prove anything wrong against you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will guide you on how to live your life; that you will live a holy life as Jesus was holy; and that the world will be unable to prove any wrongdoing by you.

Acts 24:16 A Clear Conscience

So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man. Acts 24:16

Conscience is the inner part of a person that knows whether a person is doing the right thing or the wrong thing. The conscience has a major part in a person’s life when things are said, done, or thought that no one else can see or hear.

People often have thoughts about others or do actions behind closed doors, thinking no one see or cares. However, their conscience will bother them, because they know themselves what they did. Some will ignore their conscience to the point of being able to do wrong with no sorrow.

Paul was being tried for stirring up trouble. As he begins his argument, he tells the leaders that he strives to keep a clear conscience before both God and man.

Those in the world strive only to please themselves. They want to make themselves happy no matter what, not always caring about other people.

Believers are different in that they are out to please God and in the process build others up. In pleasing God, they will do what it takes to build others up. This includes in both in their thoughts and their actions, both in person and away from others.

The believer also knows in his spirit or conscience when he is doing the right thing or the wrong thing. His goal is to keep that conscience clear before God and man, always doing the right thing, whether in thought, words or actions. His goal is to please God, which also means he will always do right to every person.

The only way for a person to do this is to strive to flee all sin and to do what God has called him to do at all times. He knows that God knows what he has done and what is in his heart. When God is pleased, his heart will have a clear conscience.

God sees and knows all of your thoughts and actions. As He sees these things, what will He see? Will it be a person who is striving to live like Jesus? Or will it be one who is living like the world?

As you seek yourself, your spirit or conscience knows the truth to those questions. Do you have a clear conscience before God and man that you are always striving to do what is right?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will do what is right before God; that you will live and speak as Jesus lived and spoke; that you will repent of all sin before God; and that you will obey God in every area of your life.

Acts 23:1 Are You Fulfilling Your Duty?

Paul look straight at the Sanhedrin and said, “My brothers, I have fulfilled my duty to God in all good conscience to this day.” Acts 23:1

When a person hears the term ‘duty’, he often thinks of someone in the military or someone in a service position. Those in those positions are expected to have and fulfill a duty of service towards or for others.

To some degree, every person has a duty to fulfill. Most have a duty to work and pay their bills. Others have a duty to care for family members. All have a duty to take care not to harm others around them.

Paul was being tried by the Sanhedrin for preaching the gospel message. The first thing he tells them that he has fulfilled his duty to God as far as he can tell.

Every believer has the same duties that the world has, plus more. There is one duty that rises above every other duty on this earth–their duty towards God.

From the beginning of creation, God called men and women to a duty of service and relationship. Every person is called to a duty of having and building his relationship with God. In the process of building that relationship and out of love for God, he has a duty to obey every command of God–the service.

These two go hand in hand and cannot be separated. Jesus came to save people for these duties. In the process of obeying God, one will turn from sin, be a witness, and disciple new believers. This is fulfilling all that Jesus came to accomplish upon this earth.

Believers must examine themselves and see if they are actually fulfilling their duty to God. If they are not fulfilling it, they are fulfilling the duty to this world and sin.

As a believer, God has called you also to build your relationship with Him and to obey Him. He has a job for you to do upon this earth. It may be completely different then those around you, or very similar, but it is one that only you can accomplish.

Part of that duty is in building your relationship with Him. The other part is to be His witness and do His work upon this earth while you can. Ask yourself if you have fulfilled your duty to God in all good conscience. If not, it is time to start.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will grow closer to God each day; that you will be His witness; that you will disciple others in Jesus; and that you will fulfill your duty to God.