Change your Damascus first.
Acts 26:20 “First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and then to the Gentiles, I preached that they should repent and turn to God and demonstrate their repentance by their deeds.”
First to Damascus. He was going there anyway. He was going to commit wrong. He was going to arrest or kill as many Christians as he could. Now he goes to right that wrong.
What wrongs need righting today?
It could be the wrongs you have committed or what others have done. In the past or present, the wrongs of commission or omission. Today, make it right. Speak and act differently. Clear up the mess nearest to you.
- He met a close friend to be, Ananias, who prophesied over him.
- He was baptised in water here demonstrating his new beginning as a follower of Jesus.
- He preached about Christ fearlessly.
- As a result instead of giving persecution to the Christians he received it from his fellow Jews.
- Yet he grew even more powerful in his proving Jesus was the Messiah.
- He decided to change his name here, a new identity for a new day.
You can have a new day wherever you are.
You don’t need to start at the other end of the world. You can start now in your Damascus. Where maybe your peers are expecting certain results you can give different ones. You can shock them by declaring a new mind, a new heart and a new walk.
Damascus is one of the oldest cities in Syria and it has always been its capital city. You only have to google the name and up come horrifying images of a devastated city. It is ranked as the 7th worst city for quality of life.
Wherever Damascus is for you today then don’t let it become like this. Stop the onslaught of the enemy. Start to right the wrongs and have a new declaration of life not death.