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"I have appeared to you for this purpose..." (Acts 26:16).
     The vision Paul had on the road to Damascus was not a passing emotional experience, but a vision that had very clear and emphatic directions for him.  And Paul stated, "I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision" (Acts 26:19).  Our Lord said to Paul, in effect, "Your whole life is to be overpowered or subdued by Me; you are to have no end, no aim, and no purpose but Mine."  And the Lord also says to us, "You did not choose Me, but

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     "We all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image..." (1 Corinthians 3:18).
     The greatest characteristic a Christian can exhibit is this completely unveiled openness before God, which allows that person's life to become a mirror for others.  When the Spirit fills us, we are transformed, and by beholding God we become mirrors.  You can always tell when someone has been beholding the glory of the Lord, because your inner spirit senses that he mirrors the Lord's own character.

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     "Look to Me, and be saved..." (Isaiah 45:22).
     Do we expect God to come to us with His blessings and save us?  He says, "Look to Me,andbesaved..."  The greatest difficulty spiritually is to concentrate on God, and His blessings are what make it so difficult.  Troubles almost always make us look to God, but His blessings tend to divert our attention elsewhere.  The basic lesson of the Sermon on the Mount is to narrow all your interests until your mind, heart, and body are focused on Jesus Christ.

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     "Thus says the LORD:  'I remember...the kindness of your youth...' " (Jeremiah 2:2).
     Am I as spontaneously kind to God as I used to be, or am I only expecting God to be kind to me?  Does everything in my life fill His heart with gladness, or do I constantly complain because things don't seem to be going my way?  A person who has forgotten what God treasures will not be filled with joy.  It is wonderful to remember that Jesus Christ has needs which we can meet--"Give Me a drink" (John 4:7).

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COME TO JESUS with a teachable spirit, eager to be changed.  A close walk with Him is a life of continued newness.  Do not cling to old ways as you step into a new day.  Instead, seek His Face with an open mind, knowing that your journey with Him involves beingtransformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2).  As you focus your thoughts on Him, be aware that He is fully attentive to you.  He sees you with a steady eye, because His attention span is infinite.  He knows and understands you completely;  His thoughts embrace you in everlasting Love.

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     "Jesus answered and said to him, 'Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God' " (John 3:3).
     Sometimes we are fresh and eager to attend a prayer meeting, but do we feel that same freshness for such mundane tasks as polishing shoes?  
     Being born again by the Spirit is an unmistakable work of God, as mysterious as the wind, and as surprising as God Himself.  We don't know where it begins--it is hidden away in the depths of our soul.

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     "When the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and behold, horror and great darkness fell upon him" (Genesis 15:12).
     Whenever God gives a vision to a Christian, it is as if He puts him in "the shadow of His hand" (Isaiah 49:2).  The saint's duty is to be still and listen.  There is a "darkness" that comes from too much light--that is the time to listen.  The story of Abram and Hagar in Genesis 16 is an excellent example of listening to so-called good advice during a time of darkness, rather than waiting for God to send the light.

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     "We were buried with Him...that just as Christ was raised from the dead..even so we also should walk in newness of life" (Romans 6:4).
     No one experiences complete sanctification without going through a "white funeral" - the burial of the old life.  If there has never been this crucial moment of change through death, sanctification will never be more than an elusive dream.  There must be a "white funeral," a death with only one resurrection--a resurrection into the life of Jesus Christ.

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     "I heard the voice of the Lord, saying:  'Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?'  Then I said, 'Here am I!  Send me' " (Isaiah 6:8).  God did not direct His call to Isaiah--Isaiah overheard God saying, "...who will go for Us?"  The call of God is not just for a select few but for everyone.  Whether I hear God's call or not depends on the condition of my ears, and exactly what I hear depends upon my spiritual attitude.

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     "When He was alone...the twelve asked Him about the parable" (Mark 4:10).
     When God gets us alone through, suffering, heartbreak, temptation, disappointment, sickness, or by thwarted desires, a broken friendship, or a new friendship--when He gets us absolutely alone, and we are totally speechless, unable to ask even one question, then He begins to teach us.  Notice Jesus Christ's training of the Twelve.  It was the disciples, not the crowd outside, who were confused.