15 “Then I asked, ‘Who are you, Lord?’
“ ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,’ the Lord replied. 16 ‘Now get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen and will see of me. 17 I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them 18 to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’
Satan has power and uses that power to keep people in spiritual darkness. It’s not good enough that someone NOT receive full restoration, salvation and forgiveness of sins in Jesus but Satan uses his power to KEEP people lost and in darkness. Paul would be commissioned by Jesus to tell others about the power in Jesus name, a power that breaks Satan’s power and sets us free. “For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” Colossians 1:13-14 (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- Who do you need to tell about Jesus’ restoration power?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
Pray for the leaders of SCF; Elders, Ministry leaders, Staff, Community Group Leaders and all those who serve.