Let us look at this in the Word of God. Paul who was named Saul used to be the chief persecutor of the early church. He tells us in many occasions that from his youth, from his beginning he we raised under the straightest sect of his religion and that he lived a Pharisee. How he was a Jew that sat at the feet of Gamaliel and was taught the perfect manner of law. Paul talked about how he excelled above all the other Jews and how he persecuted the church unto the way of death and delivered them into prison.
Paul didn’t play, he was zealous toward God and excelled at doing what he did all because of what he was taught growing up. How many of us do things today, or say things or believe things because of what we experienced or were taught in our early years; things that are grilled in us and have become a part of our behavior and how we function. Well just like Paul, who once was named Saul, had a decision to make after he came to a place of knowing truth. Let’s look at this a little closer.
Paul says to the Philippian church that all things that was gain to him, those things he counted loss for Christ. (Phil 3:7) Paul was telling them, that what he learned in his beginnings and the clout that he had and how people feared him and the position he walked in; they were all gain to him, but for the sake of the Anointed One and His Anointing (Christ); he decided to count it as loss. Paul made a decision after his encounter with Jesus, to forsake what he once knew as truth; for the excellency of the knowledge of Jesus Christ and His anointing.After we receive Jesus as Lord and Savior, we begin to learn the truth of the Word of God and who we are in Him. The Word is supposed to challenge us to make decisions to come out of yesterday so we can walk into our tomorrows. You must ask yourself, what is influencing the decisions you are making? Is it the Word of God that will lead you into your destiny or is it from you past that keep you repeating negative cycles.
We can learn a lot from Paul. He chose to let go of all the things that once made him big man on the totem pole for the sake of the anointing. You too must begin to evaluate your thought life and choose to let go things that hinder your progress, not for me or the church or for your parents…but for the sake of the anointing that is on your life. God has a destiny that only you can fulfill.
Listen to my next broadcast, “Bringing Your Dreams to Life” blog talk radio, Friday, November 18, 2011 at 8:30 am. www.blogtalkradio.com/karenpresleymin. The title of that message is the same as the blog, where we can go into this a little further.
Pastor Karen Presley
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