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The Folly of Resisting God   1 comment

Michelangelo_Merisi_da_Caravaggio_-_The_Conversion_of_St._Paul_-_WGA04135

Above:  The Conversion of St. Paul, by Caravaggio

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Acts 26, 14

1.  Paul resisted the promptings, misgivings and warnings and grace.

(a)  Gamaliel’s counsel (ch. 5, 34-39)

(b)  Angel face of Stephen (ch. 6, 15), his dying prayer.  Paul tried to crush them out of his heart.

2.  We have warnings.  Many times better impulses & a pause of insecurity are experienced.  The Spirit tells us to repent.  Many tremble under it.  But like Paul, many resist it all and crush out these impressions.

3.  But that is to fight against God.  It is hard, useless to resist Him.  Such as one’s fate is inevitable.  Judgement will overtake him.  The outlaw is sure to fall after a while at most.  None have a plausible reason to rebel.  Why should the ox kick the goads?  Why resist one’s only hope?  Did it pay the Jews or Nineveh?

4.  Paul surrendered at once.  Seeing his error he at once abandoned it; tried not to excuse his way.  It is hazardous, foolhardy, to go against one’s knowledge of right.  Confess your sin and seek his mercy now!

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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