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History is God’s Story


So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

2 Corinthians 12:7-10

The evil God permits ultimately serves his good purposes

Everything in your life is Father-filtered



2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

James 1:2-4


1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

Romans 5:1-5


15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

Romans 8:15-17


28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. 29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters

Romans 8:28-29


17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

2 Corinthians 4:17-18

You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Psalm 16:11

History is God's story

Acts 9:1-2

But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.

Paul's salvation story has three marks:

Acts 9:3-5

Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven shone around him. And falling to the ground he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.…

An unchanging rock

                         - A god created by you cannot bring change in you

An undeniable resurrection

Acts 9:6-7

But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.” The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one. Saul rose from the ground, and although his eyes were opened, he saw nothing.

                          - Since the resurrection answers the fundamental question, it answers all of them

An uncertain future

Ac. 9:15-16

But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel. For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.”

Eph 2:5-6

even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ, by grace you have been saved, and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus

Everyone's story is unique


Acts 9:1-14
9 But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest  2  and asked him for letters to
the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.  3  Now as he
went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven shone around him.  4  And falling to the ground, he heard a voice
saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?”  5  And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are
persecuting.  6  But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.”  7  The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, hearing
the voice but seeing no one.  8  Saul rose from the ground, and although his eyes were opened, he saw nothing. So they led him by the hand and
brought him into Damascus.  9  And for three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank. 10  Now there was a disciple at Damascus
named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.”  11  And the Lord said to him, “Rise and go to the street
called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul, for behold, he is praying,  12  and he has seen in a vision a man
named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight.”  13  But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about
this man, how much evil he has done to your saints at Jerusalem.  14  And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on your
name.”

We are carriers of a powerful story


Acts 9:15
But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children
of Israel.


Rom 6:13
Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been
brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.

If someone tells you it'll be easy, they are lying to you


Acts 9:16
For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.”


2 Cor 12:7-10
7  So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, [a]  a thorn was given me in the
flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited.  8  Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave
me.  9  But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my
weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  10  For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships,
persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

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