The Light of Christ Journey

Encouraging people on their journey with Christ

Today’s Scripture & Insight: Galatians 4:4-7

Have you ever wondered about God’s timing? Why were you born when you were and not one to 1000 years earlier? It says in Psalm 139:16, “You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.” [1]

God knew the exact time and location of your birth before you were ever born. Why? God has a plan for you, and it involves being born at the right place at the right time to carry that out. God has put a lot of thought into your life. As we seek the Lord, He begins to unfold his plan for our lives one day at a time. 

The Lord also had a perfect plan and timing when he sent His son Jesus into this world to rescue us from our sin.  It says in Galatians 4:4-7, “But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children.”[2]

We could not keep God’s law, but Jesus kept it perfectly in our place. Jesus’ death on the cross paid the price for our sins. It was only God that could pay the price to redeem us or buy us back. When we place our faith in Jesus as our Savior, He adopts us as His children. As a believer, you are a child of God. You are not a distant relative, but a son or daughter of God. You have been adopted into His family.

As we seek the Lord, He has perfect timing for all that He wants to unfold in our life. Sometimes, God’s timing in our eyes seems like it needs to be adjusted to fit my plan. Although we may be adults, we are not much different than small children who can’t wait or understand the big picture. This is where we simply have to trust the Lord that He knows best. When that happens, I like to reflect on these verses from Proverbs 3:5-6. Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. [3]

Where is the Lord calling you to trust in His timing?


[1, 2, 3] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Psalm 139:16, Galatians 4:4-5, Proverbs 3:5-6). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Today’s Scripture & Insight: Luke 9:23

Have you ever given up on following your own plan after you realized that your plan leads you to a place you did not want to be? The Lord gives us free will which is an amazing thing. He gives us free will to go down the wrong road. He gives us free will to make choices even if they are not good ones. I have been down the wrong road at times in my life. I have experienced what it is to do my own thing. The good news is that the Lord used these things to show me the folly of the path I had chosen. In a kind way, the Lord made it evident that my ideas and plans were not His plans for my life. 

Maybe you have also experienced the foolishness of your decisions. When this happens we can become more teachable and moldable. God does not waste our experiences, but uses them to move us in a different direction. That direction is in a relationship with the Lord Jesus. 

In our story, Saul had gone down the wrong road. He thought he was listening to God, but he wasn’t. The only person he really fooled was himself. Saul was persecuting Christians and on his way to Damascus to continue that work. Then something happened! The Lord, the Divine Intruder invaded his life. The Lord knocked him off his horse, blinded him and spoke to him.

 As he was approaching Damascus on this mission, a light from heaven suddenly shone down around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?” “Who are you, lord?” Saul asked. And the voice replied, “I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting! Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” [1] Acts 9:3-6. 

The Lord set Saul on a different path through this divine intervention. Saul realized for the first time the folly of his plan for his life. He was now teachable and would listen to what God’s plan was for him. Saul, or Paul as he is known in the New Testament, became one of the greatest evangelists the world has ever seen.

Saul stayed with the believers in Damascus for a few days. 20 And immediately he began preaching about Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is indeed the Son of God!” 21 All who heard him were amazed. “Isn’t this the same man who caused such devastation among Jesus’ followers in Jerusalem?” they asked. “And didn’t he come here to arrest them and take them in chains to the leading priests?” [2] Acts 9:19-21.

What path are you on? Is the Lord breaking in to lead you to a more fulfilling path in life? Is the Lord calling you to a deeper relationship with Him?   Then Jesus said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me. Luke 9:23.[3] 

It is never too late to change directions when the Lord is guiding you! Let the Lord be your co-pilot. 

To hear the story of the Divine Intruder and Saul, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/series/journey-with-the-divine-intruder/the-divine-intruder-and-saul


[1, 2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Acts 9:3–6, Acts 9:19-21, & Luke 9:23). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Today’s Scripture & Insight: Matthew 28:18-20

Are there times in the Bible where the Lord tells us to go? If so, what does this tell us about God’s interaction with man? Have you ever sensed from the Holy Spirit you were to go and do something for the Lord? In our story of the conversion of Saul, a believer named Ananias was told to go to Saul. 

10 Now there was a believer in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord spoke to him in a vision, calling, “Ananias!” “Yes, Lord!” he replied. 11 The Lord said, “Go over to Straight Street, to the house of Judas. When you get there, ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul. He is praying to me right now. 12 I have shown him a vision of a man named Ananias coming in and laying hands on him so he can see again.” 13 “But Lord,” exclaimed Ananias, “I’ve heard many people talk about the terrible things this man has done to the believers in Jerusalem! 14 And he is authorized by the leading priests to arrest everyone who calls upon your name.” 15 But the Lord said, “Go, for Saul is my chosen instrument to take my message to the Gentiles and to kings, as well as to the people of Israel. 16 And I will show him how much he must suffer for my name’s sake.” 17 So Ananias went and found Saul.[1] Acts 9:10-16

To answer the above questions, there are times recorded in the Bible where the Lord tells us to go. This also tells us that God wants to use mankind to assist Him in carrying out His work. The Lord does not need our help but wants to involve us in His work to help our faith grow.

The great commission is another example where believers in Jesus are told to go in regard to making disciples. “Go” in this context means “as you go along your way or as you go through life.” This is still what the Lord wants us to do. 18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” [2] Matthew 28:18-20

There are also times in our life where we sense from the Holy Spirit we are to go. This could mean to go and do something. I may need to go and ask the Lord or another person to forgive me. I may need to go and help another person. I may need to go and read God’s word and spend time with Him. As we listen to the still small voice of the Holy Spirit, the Lord has many things He would like us to do. 

As we go about what the Lord has called us to do, He begins to transform us and use us to build His Kingdom.This is what happened to Ananias and how God wants to work with you, too. 

To hear the story of the Divine Intruder and Saul, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/series/journey-with-the-divine-intruder/the-divine-intruder-and-saul


[1, 2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Acts 9:10–17, Matthew 28:18-20). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

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Today’s Scripture & Insight: Psalm 119:105

Have you ever sought out the Lord for guidance and then wondered if it was correct? At some point we have to just step out in faith and trust the Lord. Psalm 119:105 says, Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path. [1] There are times when we would like to have a search light to know what is ahead, but the Lord tells us a lamp is sufficient. 

In our story, Ananias is questioning the Lord’s guidance in regard to Saul. Although God has given him a vision, he still doubts. 

Now there was a believer in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord spoke to him in a vision, calling, “Ananias!” “Yes, Lord!” he replied. 11 The Lord said, “Go over to Straight Street, to the house of Judas. When you get there, ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul. He is praying to me right now. 12 I have shown him a vision of a man named Ananias coming in and laying hands on him so he can see again.” Acts 9:10-12

“But Lord,” exclaimed Ananias, “I’ve heard many people talk about the terrible things this man has done to the believers in Jerusalem! 14 And he is authorized by the leading priests to arrest everyone who calls upon your name.” 15 But the Lord said, “Go, for Saul is my chosen instrument to take my message to the Gentiles and to kings, as well as to the people of Israel. 16 And I will show him how much he must suffer for my name’s sake.” 17 So Ananias went and found Saul. He laid his hands on him and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road, has sent me so that you might regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 Instantly something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he regained his sight.[2] Acts 9:13-18. 

Like Ananias the key to the Lord’s guidance is to place your faith in the Lord and trust what He has given you. Sometimes the Lord’s guidance may seem difficult and may stretch us in the process. 

Hearing God’s guidance begins with our minds and hearts. The Bible reminds us to “be still” in Psalm 46:10. The Scriptures are full of prayers you can use to ask God to focus on Him, such as: 23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. [3] Genuinely seek the Lord and “ask our generous God” (James 1:5) to put your thoughts in line with His desires for you.

To hear the story of the Divine Intruder and Saul, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/series/journey-with-the-divine-intruder/the-divine-intruder-and-saul


[1, 2, 3] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Ps 119:105, Acts 9:10-18, Psalm 139:23). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Today’s Scripture & Insight: Psalm 83:2

Have you ever been in a desperate situation where prayer was the only option? In our story of Saul, he had been blinded by the Lord. He thought he was doing God’s will only to find out that he was not. 

Saul remained there blind for three days and did not eat or drink. 10 Now there was a believer in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord spoke to him in a vision, calling, “Ananias!” “Yes, Lord!” he replied. 11 The Lord said, “Go over to Straight Street, to the house of Judas. When you get there, ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul. He is praying to me right now. [1] Acts 9:10-11.

There are times in life where hopelessness looms on the horizon. It’s a deep dark time. Fresh on the heels of hopelessness is desperation. Have you ever been there? I have. Your situation is so hard that it seems as if there is no end in sight. Psalm 83:2, says, “O God, do not be silent! Do not be deaf. Do not be quiet, O God.” [2]

Have you ever cried out to God for mercy? I certainly have, several times. As you read the story of Saul from Acts 9, he was really seeking the Lord’s mercy. He had done wrong and he knew it. 

There is one type of prayer for mercy that God always answers. That is the prayer for forgiveness through Jesus. Through his death on the cross, Jesus has made it possible. For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” [3] Romans 10:13.

The Psalmist writes in Psalm 57:2,  I cry out to God Most High, to God who will fulfill his purpose for me. [4] God had a plan for Saul’s life, but it took God’s intervention for that to unfold. I don’t believe we are any different. 

God has a purpose for your life. Saul, later known as Paul, knew that God had a purpose for his life and that God would help him fulfill that purpose. Our task is to, like Saul is to respond to God’s call and obey Him.

To hear the story of the Divine Intruder and Saul, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/series/journey-with-the-divine-intruder/the-divine-intruder-and-saul


[1, 2, 3, 4] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Ac 9:9–11, Psalm 83:1, Romans 10:13, Psalm 87:2). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Today’s Scripture & Insight: Psalm 34:18

Have you ever experienced a time of being humbled in your life? Surprisingly, a humbling time can be one of the best things that can happen. Saul was heading to Damascus to persecute Christians. He was sure he was doing the will of God. Saul was a Biblical scholar of the Old Testament but didn’t know Jesus until God intervened.

As Saul was approaching Damascus on this mission, a light from heaven suddenly shone down around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?” “Who are you, lord?” Saul asked. And the voice replied, “I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting! Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” The men with Saul stood speechless, for they heard the sound of someone’s voice but saw no one! Saul picked himself up off the ground, but when he opened his eyes he was blind. So his companions led him by the hand to Damascus. He remained there blind for three days and did not eat or drink. [1] Acts 9:4-9

His experience with Jesus gave Saul time to think. He had been humbled and blinded. His pride was gone and now Saul became teachable and moldable. Saul, as the story goes on, is now open to hearing about the good news of Jesus. This would have never happened if he had not been humbled. Being humbled was a precious gift from the Lord. 

We read in James 4:6, “And he gives grace generously. As the Scriptures say, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” [2] But what does it mean to be humble?

To be humble is to realize how weak we are, and how helpless we are to change the course of our lives in our own power. Humility is necessary to ask God for His forgiveness and to trust Him for His guidance.  This is what happened to Saul when he met Jesus on the road to Damascus. 

The Lord wants us to realize and confess our helplessness, our sinfulness, and our complete need for Him in our lives. Psalm 34:18 says, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. [3]

To hear the story of the Divine Intruder and Saul, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/series/journey-with-the-divine-intruder/the-divine-intruder-and-saul


[1, 2, 3] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Ac 9:3–9, James 4:6, Psalm 34:18). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Today’s Scripture & Insight: Romans 5:8

Does God always intervene only when we ask? Praise the Lord, He does not. Often we don’t understand why God is intervening into our lives. The Lord is like a watchful parent who always knows when to intervene. He doesn’t always ask us if it is in our plan. If you have come to faith in Jesus as your Savior, it is because the Lord intervened. The Apostle Paul writes in Romans 5:8, “But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.[1]

The Apostle Paul also gives us additional insight into the Lord’s intervention in Romans 8:26-27. And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. 27 And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. [2]

In our story, Saul was on his way to Damascus to persecute Christians and God decided to intervene. As he was approaching Damascus on this mission, a light from heaven suddenly shone down around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?” “Who are you, lord?” Saul asked. And the voice replied, “I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting! Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” [3] Acts 8:3-6

The Lord did not ask Saul first before He intervened. This divine intercession would save Saul from the fires of hell and set him on a new path. God would now use Saul, later known as Paul, to save other people as he became one of the world’s greatest evangelists. 

No one is ever too far from God to receive the mercy and grace of His divine intervention. You may feel far from God or have felt that way in the past. In our story, it was only in hindsight that Saul could see how far he was from God. 

We don’t deserve God’s intervention into our life, but it is His grace and mercy is a free gift for His children. Take time to thank the Lord today for His divine intervention into your life. 

To hear the story of the Divine Intruder and Saul, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/series/journey-with-the-divine-intruder/the-divine-intruder-and-saul


[1, 2, 3] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Ro 5:8, Ro 8:26-27, Acts 9:3-6). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Today’s Scripture & Insight: James 1:2-4

What will you do when trials of testing come into your life? Do trials really benefit me? How can my faith in the Jesus help me to stand? What good can the Lord bring from trials? Maybe you have other questions about trials. As I have become older, I have observed that no one is immune from trials. Sooner or later, all of us are going to be tested, and usually multiple times. Before the Apostle Paul knew Jesus as His Savior, he was an enemy of Christians. Prior to his conversion Paul was known as Saul and Acts 9 tells us the story. 

Meanwhile, Saul was uttering threats with every breath and was eager to kill the Lord’s followers. So he went to the high priest. He requested letters addressed to the synagogues in Damascus, asking for their cooperation in the arrest of any followers of the Way he found there. He wanted to bring them—both men and women—back to Jerusalem in chains. [1] Acts 9:1-2

In the book of James, we receive much insight into the purpose of trials. Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. [2] James 1:2-4

In many ways trials prepare me for service. Here is the bad news. When God works in a big way, it often involves one of his servants facing a big trial. So, we need to be ready for big storms and trials. How can we be prepared? Little trials.

I want God to trust me with his big tasks, but God doesn’t give us the big tasks without testing us in the little things. Every trial God sends, even our daily frustrations are meant to test us and help us grow stronger. If I want God to use me for big things, I must pass the little tests. If I don’t pass the little tests, why should I expect God to trust me with greater things?

When I believe in Jesus as my Savior, no matter what trials I am going through I know the Lord is with me. The Lord gives me strength and encouragement and helps me to look up at Him instead of focusing on my circumstances.

God uses trials to turn my dependence fully on Him. He wants me to cling to Him and find peace in Him alone.  My sinful heart doesn’t want to give up control. Trials are God’s tool to break my dependence on self so that I will trust in him alone.

To hear the story of the Divine Intruder and Saul, listen here: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/series/journey-with-the-divine-intruder/the-divine-intruder-and-saul


[1] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Ac 9:1–2). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

[2] The Holy Bible: New International Version. (1984). (Jas 1:2–4). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

Today’s Scripture & Insight: 2 Cor. 5:7

Have you ever seen a small child take their first step? It always takes courage to take a step, even for a small child. Often a child takes a step and then falls down, only to get up and try again. In our story, the Ethiopian Eunuch has heard the good news of Jesus and now he wants to take a step of faith. He wants to be baptized. 

34 The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, was the prophet talking about himself or someone else?” 35 So beginning with this same Scripture, Philip told him the Good News about Jesus. 36 As they rode along, they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “Look! There’s some water! Why can’t I be baptized?” 38 He ordered the carriage to stop, and they went down into the water, and Philip baptized him. [1]Acts 8:34-38.

Is the Lord calling you to take a step of faith today? Maybe that step is to spend more time in the word or prayer. Maybe it is to trust the Lord in a deeper way. Maybe it is to praise the Lord when things are not going the way you want. These are only thoughts, but as you seek the Lord, He will show you where He wants you to take a step of faith.

The Apostle Paul writes in 2 Cor. 5:7, “For we live by believing and not by seeing.”[2]Be encouraged and take that step of faith. 

Listen here to hear the story of Philip and the Ethiopian: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/series/journey-with-the-divine-intruder/the-divine-intruder-and-philip#_=_


[1, 2] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Ac 8:34–38, 2 Cor. 5:7). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

Do you need some good news? The best news we can ever receive is the good news of Jesus. The good news is Jesus came to this earth to die for our sins. He rose again and each person who places their faith in Him will have eternal life. As we begin our walk with Jesus, He begins to transform our life. In addition, our faith in Jesus changes our eternal destination. 

John 3:16 tells this amazing message of the Gospel. “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. [1]

No matter who you are, one day you will stop living. Then what? Where will you spend eternity? The Lord loves you so much that He made a way for you to enter heaven’s gate. Jesus tells us in John 10:9, “Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved.”[2] By placing our faith in Jesus as our Savior, at death, we will be taken to heaven to live in the house of the Lord forever. What an amazing thought!

The Apostle Paul writes in 1 Cor. 2:9 “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” [3] That certainly sounds like good news to me. If you don’t know Jesus as your Savior, take time to ask Him to be Lord of your life. If you are a believer in Jesus, think of someone in your life who needs to know Jesus.

In our story of the Ethiopian and Philip, it was Philip who was given the gift of sharing the good news with the Ethiopian. What a privilege the Lord has given us to share such a life changing gift. 

Listen here to hear the story of Philip and the Ethiopian: https://podpoint.com/light-of-christ-church-podcast/series/journey-with-the-divine-intruder/the-divine-intruder-and-philip#_=_


[1, 2, 3] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (Jn 3:16, Jn 10:9, 1 Co 2:9). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.

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