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The Essential Stumbling Block

Seeing Deep Blog by Denise Pass

© 5/24/14 Denise PassImageMatthew 18:7

“Woe to the world because of stumbling blocks! It is necessary that stumbling blocks come, but woe to the person through whom they come.”

My heart stopped as I read those words, seemingly as if I had never seen them, but I had read this verse so many times before – yet this time something new apprehended my soul. “It is NECESSARY that stumbling blocks come”. Why? Why must we ever endure or be tempted by evil? What fruit can that bear in the life of the believer? If we continue on in this passage, a radical ideology is presented – if something causes us to stumble, we must cut it off – sever it, as it were, from our life, to prevent damnation. Likened to an analogy of a gardener, we can see the importance of removing weeds or other hindrances that impede…

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Christ Reveals Himself In Human Experience

“For you have heard of my former manner of life in Judaism, how I used to persecute the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it; and I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries among my countrymen, being more extremely zealous for my ancestral traditions. But when God, who had set me apart even from my mothers womb and called me through His grace was pleased to reveal His Son in me so that I might preach Him among the Gentiles …” Galatians 1:13-16 (NASB)
Paul called on his personal experience to validate his relationship to Christ. It was clearly seen that Christ came to Paul, rather than that Paul directly sought Christ.
Paul wrote that Christ had revealed Himself in Paul’s life. This illustrates that God did something in Paul’s life for a purpose. Paul declared that God had it in mind even before he was born. Evidently Paul was important to God; and that which God had been planning all along climaxed at a place that was not necessarily holy but that was necessarily appointed. It was on the road to Damascus. I imagine that Paul began a conversation with many persons with the words, “Have you ever heard of what happened on the road that leads from Jerusalem to Damascus?”
Christ came to Paul right where Paul was: physically, on a dusty road; spiritually, in an empty shell. It may have been a long time before Paul understood all that took place that day. But one thing he never forgot or doubted was that he had encountered the living Christ and that Christ had changed his life. The emptiness had been invaded and filled to overflowing. The revolutionary had been revolutionized by Christ.
Today we can find Him where we are. Whether you are in a church building or at work, Jesus Christ is where you are, and He is continually revealing Himself. Whether you have sensed His activity in your life before or you sense it now for the first time, He is offering meaning and purpose and forgiveness to you.
God plans no accidents. Just as God wanted Paul to respond on that Damascus road, He wants you to respond.

James E. Lamkin – Award Winning Sermons, vol. 2

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