Have you ever felt so strongly about something and was so very passionate about it that at that time, no one could convince you that you were wrong? I have. Before I gave my life to Jesus Christ and even in the very beginning of my walk with God, I had adopted ideas on many subjects that were based on my opinions and my feelings. Yet, the more that I read my Bible and listened to The Holy Spirit, I seen that I was wrong about the passionate stance I was taking. I quickly saw for myself in The Word of God of what God thought about these areas. And then when I seen what He said, I had a choice to make, either surrender what I thought to what God thought or continue to go against The One that I was now saying was My Lord. I chose to submit to Jesus and His Ways and not my own.
As time passed, I saw how wrong I really was. Before Paul gave his own life to Jesus Christ, he was passionate about not only opposing Jesus, but he caused many Believers in Jesus to go to prison, voted for them to die, punished them and killed many of them. Paul truly believed and was passionate that what he was doing was right, good and the best. But he was wrong. And it was not until he totally surrendered his ways for The Ways of Jesus, did he see how wrong he was. Church, is there some things that The Holy Spirit has been bringing to your attention that you are believing, backing, saying or doing that is against what The Word says about it? Are there opinions, views or beliefs that you have had that are against what God’s views and beliefs are? And these views you have, may have been ones that you have had for years and you are so passionate about them. Let me encourage you as one, like Paul, who has been passionate, but wrong in the past. ALLOW THE BIBLE TO BE YOUR SOURCE AND BASIS OF EVERYTHING IN YOUR LIFE, NO MATTER WHAT THE SUBJECT! When someone asks you what you think of a certain issue or topic, go to The Word of God and tell them what God says about it and say, “What He thinks is what I think and His opinion is my opinion.” Allow God to show you His Perfect Ways through The Holy Spirit and before you know it, just like Paul, Jesus will have you on Straight Street too (Acts 9:11)! Church, God wants to use us and He wants us to be passionate, we just need to check ourselves to see if what we are avid about, is right or wrong. Church, Be Passionate, Be Right.
Scripture of the Day: “I used to believe that I ought to do everything I could to oppose the very name of Jesus the Nazarene. 10 Indeed, I did just that in Jerusalem. Authorized by the leading priests, I caused many believers there to be sent to prison. And I cast my vote against them when they were condemned to death. 11 Many times I had them punished in the synagogues to get them to curse Jesus. I was so violently opposed to them that I even chased them down in foreign cities.” – Acts 26:9-11
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