Ill-lit Fires of Destruction

June 11, 2021

Scripture Resource Passage: Acts 9

When you don’t know what you don’t know, ignorance could be dangerously compounding. According to the historical record of Acts 9 spiritual ignorance once achieved a deadly level of “murderous threats” (Acts 9:1). The fires of destructive spiritual passion leapt from one burned-life, torching many others. No one was safe when the wild-fire roared. 

Some individuals possessed a lack of knowledge which left them in the ashes of spiritual destruction; yet, others were not consumed. Some were converted, changed by hearing and responding to the call of God.

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Three Opportunities for Change

Consider Zacchaeus, who was apparently consumed with money and its power (Luke19). Over the centuries these twins of foul consumption continue to destroy many lives. 

An unnamed woman of Sychar set ablaze her personal life. She made numerous poor decisions, destructively igniting her intimate relationships (John 4). Contemporary women and men still ignite such fires with personal decisions set ablaze by foolishness. 

A group of spiritual leaders were not exempt from the sparks which led to spiritual tragedy (John 9). The combustion led them not to safety, but intense spiritual burning—for all the wrong reasons. 

Three accounts, each with opportunities for conversion—from ignorance to spiritual clarity. Any of them sound hopeful to you?

One Dramatic Conversion

This week’s Scripture Resource passage (Acts 9) emphasizes the experience of a first century individual who becomes a church-planter and emissary of God. After being found and changed by the truth Who is Christ, Paul travels repeatedly around the Mediterranean basin establishing and strengthening churches. His ill-lit fires of destruction became the spiritual ember-bed of hope.

Life Application Questions

  • Do you believe conversion occurs in the 21st century?
  • Does a vivid experience play a part in your becoming a disciple of Christ?
  • If you are not yet a disciple, what role might a flame-flame-touched experience play in your transition?

I look forward to reading your comments and suggestions. My thanks for continuing to be part of our online community. Grace and peace to each of you.

Published by Andrew Simkins

Dr. Andrew Simkins provides spiritual direction for individuals and small groups through the regular blog posts found on this site. He resides in northwest Indiana with his beloved, along with nearby children and grandchildren who are the adornment of his life.

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