Category: Obedience

Conversion

Grace Gems Whiteby Al Martin

“First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and to the Gentiles also–I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds.” Acts 26:20

Conversion begins with a radical turning to God in repentance that issues in a lifetime of living out the implications of that turning, by performing deeds in keeping with that repentance.

“They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for His Son from Heaven, whom He raised from the dead–Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.” 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10

This describes the conversion of the Thessalonians as consisting in a radical turning to God from idols, issuing in a life of bond-service to the living God, and an eager waiting for the completion of salvation to be bestowed at the return of Jesus.

If any professed conversion is indeed God’s saving work, it always issues in the following: a life of growing communion with Christ (1 Corinthians 1:9; Philippians 3:8-10); a life of increasing conformity to Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18); a life of continuous abiding in Christ (John 15:1-11); and a life of principled obedience to Christ (John 14:21, 1 John 2:3-4).

by Al Martin

Paul’s Magnificent Failure

Jonathan Cahnby Jonathan Cahn

While Paul was in Athens, he sought to preach the Gospel. It was the city council that was in charge of granting such permission. We don’t’ know that he ever obtained that permission, and we have no record of him spreading the Gospel throughout the city. So did he fail? Not at all. Paul preached the Gospel in Athens at least once – on Mars Hill. And that one sermon on Mars Hill, the sermon of the Unknown God, was recorded and transmitted to thousands and millions of people and launched countless missions to countless more peoples.

In the same way, sometimes it may seem as if you’ve failed in the Lord. You didn’t achieve what you set out to achieve and you feel like a failure. But if you’re in God’s will, there is no such thing as failure. It’s only a matter of obedience. Paul was obedient, and in his “failure,” countless lives and nations would be touched for the Gospel. So it is with you and God. If you’re faithful, you can never fail— you just may have no idea how successful you are.

Today’s Mission – Today, do your best to be faithful in what God has called you to and trust that He will accomplish His will in your life.

by Jonathan Cahn