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I AM PERSUADED

Dr. Kirby Clements
Abraham was thoroughly convinced by a Divine experience. Moses saw the burning bush but Israel did not. Only Paul experienced a Damascus Road event.

Abraham was thoroughly convinced by a Divine experience.  Moses saw the burning bush but Israel did not. Only Paul experienced a Damascus Road event.  These experiences of a moment, message and a messenger served as strong persuasive motivation for Moses and Paul when they became weary in well doing.  After all, weariness can occur when there are long standing challenges, sowing without reaping, laboring alone and walking without the end being in sight.  Perhaps people are being asked to believe without being persuaded.  The word persuasion appears many times in the Scriptures.  Webster's Dictionary relates persuasion to assurance, confidence and lack of uncertainty.  Indeed, Jesus admonished Thomas for believing because he saw the Lord.  The Lord rebuked Israel for requiring a sign.  But is it possible that as believers and leaders that we have experienced  decisive experiences of Divine involvement in our lives?  It is possible that we have entertained a messenger/a preacher and a message/revelation/prophecy/dream that convinced us?  This is not to spark a quest for signs but it a request to awaken the silence of memories that may contain convincing evidence in the form of a moment, message or a messenger.  When weariness seeks to enter our consciousness, perhaps we should stir our memory banks. Selah!

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