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Damascus
 

Paul says,

 

“I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, and taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day. And I persecuted this way unto the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women.”

Acts 22:3,4,

 

Paul was taught according to the perfect manner of the law of his fathers yet he killed those who believed in Jesus.  Though schooled in all of the learning of the Jews, even at the feet of Gamaliel, Paul was unequivocally wrong. Moreover, it took a spiritual experience, a personal revelation of Jesus, to change his mind.

 

Damascus may be in  your future

 

Therefore, we have scriptural precedence illustrating how spiritual experience can and should fundamentally change a person’s doctrine. Paul testifies that sometimes, we must radically change our belief system in order to come into alignment with God’s will.

Here is a truth,

 

“If it happened to him it can happen to you.”

 

As Saul found out on the road to Damascus, being sure you are right is not always the same thing as being right.  Shifts in perspective can sometimes lead to very different conclusions in God.  It is ok to hold strong beliefs, but never be so sure of “yourself” that you can’t hear God speak differently.

 

Learning the truth can be a game changer

 

What is coming in the spiritual fulfillment of the feast of Tabernacles is a game changer.  God is about to sweep much of what we believe aside.  Like Saul, it will be difficult to admit that we did not have things exactly right, but it will also help us to truly serve the God and love His people.

 
 

 

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