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When the Past Paralyzes You

January 20, 2019 | Author: | Posted in New Beginnings

Today’s devotional reflection on New Beginnings is about: When the Past Paralyzes You

8 ” Saul arose from the ground; and when his eyes
    were opened, he could see nothing; so they led him by
    the hand and brought him into Damascus.”

    – Acts 9:8, RSVCE | NJB

When the Past Paralyzes You (New Beginnings Devotional Reflection)

Saul had spent his life doing the “right” things—He came from the right family. He taught the “right” doctrine. He zealously persecuted anyone who didn’t live up to his idea of righteousness.

Then in one blinding moment, Saul learns that he’s stood for the wrong things. He’s failed to understand the Gospel of Christ. He’s struck blind and left wondering what’s next. He spends the next few days in earnest prayer.

Finally, a man named Ananias because of the prompting of the Holy Spirit. The other disciple lays hands on Saul and he can see again.

But just because Saul has become saved doesn’t mean that his past no longer exists. Rather than let his past paralyze him, Saul immediately begins speaking out about his newfound faith and the revolutionary change in his life.

If anyone could have let his past mistakes and sins stop him from being an effective witness, it was Saul. He had every reason to wait it out on the sidelines. But he didn’t. He chose to step forward in faith, despite his failures and his fumbling.

As you look forward to a new season, you might be overwhelmed by your past. Maybe you’re tempted to believe that you should sit on the bench. But take a page from Saul’s playbook and boldly proclaim the power of Jesus right where you are.

God, thank You for forgiving me.
When my past seems to haunt me, remind me to
shine Your light and love wherever I am.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

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