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“Who You Are can Change Things”
 
This is very true. At the COB Annual Conference, a man was in my group.
He had long hair and wore at least one earring. I made an instant judgment about him.
 
When he told the group his life story, my opinion instantly changed. It was then I found out who he really was.
Please read the following verses.
 
Acts 22:22-29
22 The crowd listened to Paul until he said this. Then they raised their voices and shouted, “Rid the earth of him! He’s not fit to live!”
23 As they were shouting and throwing off their cloaks and flinging dust into the air,
 
24 the commander ordered Paul to be taken into the barracks. He directed that he be flogged and questioned in order to find out why the people were shouting at him like this.
25 As they stretched him out to flog him, Paul said to the centurion standing there, “Is it legal for you to flog a Roman citizen who hasn’t even been found guilty?”
 
26 When the centurion heard this, he went to the commander and reported it. “What are you going to do?” he asked. “This man is a Roman citizen.”
27 The commander went to Paul and asked, “Tell me, are you a Roman citizen?”
“Yes, I am,” he answered.
28 Then the commander said, “I had to pay a big price for my citizenship.”
 
“But I was born a citizen,” Paul replied.
29 Those who were about to question him withdrew immediately. The commander himself was alarmed when he realized that he had put Paul, a Roman citizen, in chains.
Being a Roman citizen, really changed things for Paul.
 
Most of you readers are believers in Jesus Christ.
Does this change who we are?
Yes, it does, and when people know who we are perhaps they understand better what we do and why we do it.
 
With the Holy Spirit’s help, let people know who you are. Introduce them to the one who makes it possible for them to be a believer too.

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