ELUL Day 8:
In Hebrew the month of Elul is the month of “turning toward God and Repenting. The Hebrew Word is “Teshuvah.” The blowing of the Trumpet (shofar) daily is a calling to one’s life and others who hear the trumpet blast to prepare your self for God and the return of Yeshua. Acts 9 is a picture of true Conversion. My prayer is that we see a revival of conversion in our churches, nation, and world like Acts chapter 9.
a. Paul regarded his conversion experience as a pattern for all believers: Although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief … However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life. (1 Timothy 1:13,16).
b. If Paul’s conversion is a pattern, then we can share his experiences. First, Jesus must confront us with Himself, with our sin and rebellion against Him, even the sins which were done in ignorance. Then we must humbly wait for the work within us that only He can do.
c. Saul’s conversion reminds us that at its core, salvation is something God does in us. What we do is only a response to His work in us.
d. Saul’s conversion reminds us that God finds us, even when we are not looking for Him.
e. Saul’s conversion reminds us that God looks for people to cooperate in the conversion of others, even when they are not really necessary, except as a demonstration of the importance of the family of God.
f. Saul’s conversion reminds us that it isn’t enough that we be broken before God, though that is necessary. God’s desire is to only use brokenness as a prelude to filling.