267. My Damascus Roads

“Several times,” Stan began, “we have talked about what happened on the road when Saul, who became the apostle Paul, was on his way to Damascus.”

“He was on his way to harass Jews who believed in Jesus,” I responded,  “and Jesus interrupted his journey and his life wanting to know why Saul was persecuting Him.”

“That’s right, my friend,” Stan replied.  “And earlier this morning when I was journaling about two totally separate Bible verses, a different perspective on the Damascus Road interruption came to mind.”

“Let’s have it,” I said.

“First of all,” Stan continued, “In verse 30:33 of Proverbs it talks about the consequences of focusing on anger, that strife will result.”

“Secondly,” Stan said, “in verse 11 of chapter 26 in the Book of Acts, when Paul was defending himself before King Agrippa, he told Agrippa about his Damascus Road experience, saying that he was ‘furiously enraged’ at the Jewish believers in Christ.”

“Furiously enraged?” I responded.  “That is serious anger!”

“You are right, my friend,” Stan said and continued, “and Paul’s anger certainly was resulting in strife as mentioned in the Book of Proverbs.  Strife not only with the Jewish believers, but strife between him and Jesus.”

Continuing, Stan said, “And this led me to think about the Damascus Roads in my life that God wants to end.  What are the things He wants to interrupt in my journey down the road of life that will result in a deeper relationship with Him?”

“I may not be focusing on anger that will result in strife,” Stan said, “and I may not be ‘furiously enraged’ about anyone or anything, but I know there are lots of things in my life that, in effect, are resulting in my persecuting the life of Jesus in me.  And I have to choose to get rid of them.”

“Every day I have to choose what needs to be eliminated from my life.  Choose and then follow through by putting up signs that say ‘Dead End, Do Not Enter!,”

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The churning of anger produces strife.  Proverbs 30:33.

And as I punished them often in all the synagogues, I tried to force them to blaspheme; and being furiously enraged at them, I kept pursuing them even to foreign cities.  Acts of the Apostles 26:11.

Prayer:  Thank you, Lord, for bringing to mind the roads in my life that you want to have dead ends — the things that are persecuting the life of Christ in me.  I ask that you open me to see all of those things you want removed.  And I ask for your help in removing them.  Please lead and help me to follow in placing Dead End signs on all of those roads, signs that warn me not to enter. Thank you that I can and do bring all of these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

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