#BuiltLikePaul Recap by Shenica Nelson, founder of SHE Ministries
#BuiltLikePaul was an amazing series! I for one have definitely enjoyed the ride. So, what did we learn? For one we grasped a clear understanding that God can use your mess to bless, that is, contingent upon how you receive Him. Let us take a stroll down the road to Damascus. In Acts 9, we learned that a killer named Saul was blinded by a light right in the middle of his wrong doings. Scripture states in Acts 9:3-6, "As he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? Who are you, Lord? Saul asked. I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting, he replied. Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do."
Many of us, like Saul, were living lives outside of the covering of God. Then, one-day, life happened. Or, shall I say, we saw the light. Let me point out a few Saul facts:
- He was very bold and aggressive.
- He was a Christian Killer.
- He was a sinner.
- However, guess what, here is another fact, in spite of all of those negatives; God STILL used Saul to edify the Kingdom. So much so, as Apostle Paul, he wrote over HALF of the New Testament.
How many of us can be truthful enough to admit that we were really a piece of work before becoming to know Christ? We have all been there, but do not discount who you could be based off of who you were. Just as Saul was converted to Apostle Paul, you can also be and WILL be used to build up the kingdom. The crazy thing is, we allow our past to hinder us from walking boldly into our future. However, if you read the text, Saul did not (not even once) justify his actions. He simply (and obediently) changed his ways and walked into his purpose. Was it hard? Yes. He struggled, but he did it.
Nothing purposeful will be easy.
As Natasha and Dan stated during the Awakening your Gifts #BuiltLikePaul series, we must walk in Faith, Forgiveness, establish Friendships, and not be overtaken by Fear. Once you identify your purpose, develop a strategy and be intentional.
"Saul" was just as bold for Christ as he was in the world. Do not allow your past to stop you from pursuing your purpose. Acts 10:43 states, "Whoever believes in him WILL receive remission of sins". Remission means cancellation of charge or forgiveness. During one of the #BuiltLikePaul calls, Natasha stated, "Your old reputation has not caught up with who you are in Christ". This happens, but, you can develop tunnel vision and place your eyes on thy will.
Lastly, for all of those people who have a problem with God choosing you, maybe they criticize you and refuse to accept the NEW YOU, because you have done wrong in the past, tell them, (as pop-culture icon Beyonce' would say) "Sorry, I ain't sorry," (thank you Dan, for that recommendation!)
I pray that you were just as blessed as I was by this awesome series. Continue to walk in boldness and know that you are FREE from indwelling sin. Romans 8:1 states, "There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit."
I know and believe that God has a plan for you and he will use what you have been through to accomplish great works for His kingdom!
To listen to the replays of the 4-week #BuiltLikePaul series, hosted by Natasha T. Brown and Daniel Bradley, visit this link. Awakening your Gifts is each Thursday at 8pm EST. To receive the notifications, join our electronic mailing list or send a text: 10Blessings to 55469 (in the U.S.).