Adversary to Avocate

March 9, 2017

Acts 9:31

Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.

Adversary to Avocate

The apostle Paul, formerly known as Saul of Tarsus, the Pharisee, did great harm on the church in its early stages.  He was the adversary that went about breaking up churches and throwing Christians in prison, bringing great torment and affliction upon the body of Christ.  Just as we have seen examples of those who we are involved in witch-hunts, Saul was a Christian hunter.  He had a zeal to seek out and destroy the Church.  His name and his presence didn’t stir warm and fuzzy feelings if you were a Christian in that location and time.  

The great thing about God is that He has the wonderful ability to take something evil and turn it for good.  It must be a great source of frustration for satan to find a device that he can use to tear up God’s people and then God ends taking that same device and turning it around for His good and glory.  Such was the case with Paul or Saul of Tarsus.  God took this man who could strike fear in the hearts of Christians and turned him into a blessing and an object of His grace.  He took the devil’s tool, turned it around and beat the devil up with it.  Now only God can do that.

We see circumstances today that are like that in our world, our nation and our personal lives.  There are individuals or organizations that are antichrist by there very nature. I wonder what made the difference in Paul’s life?  Since God operates and moves through the prayers of His people, was it the people that were praying against him or those that prayed for him that made the difference.  Maybe instead of trying to pray someone out of our lives we need to be praying them into the kingdom of God.  It is often our adversary that moves us to action in prayer and in faith.  It is often our adversary that arouses us out of our sin of apathy and complacency and into a place of action in Christ.  Our rest and our comfort are still in the Lord.  

God took this vessel of wrath and turned him into a vessel of mercy and truth.  God is still in the business of taking evil and turning it for good.  In our adversity know that God is doing a deeper work in us.  He still sits upon the throne and is Lord of all.  He is still able to work all things after the council of His will and for our ultimate good.  Sometimes we have to weather the storms in faith and prayer, but afterward God is able to give us rest, edifying us as we walk in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit.




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