Damascus Road

Damascus Road: A Journey to The Cross: Overcoming Adversity in ObscurityDamascus Road: A Journey to The Cross: Overcoming Adversity in Obscurity by Acacia Slaton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"No longer stood the fifteen-year-old who felt righteous in her own sight. No longer stood the shy, reserved young woman who believed that being good and kind could earn her a ticket into heaven. I stood guilty as charged and realized how small my high school troubles were in His presence because at that moment, all that mattered was appearing righteous before Him, yet I had no righteousness of my own and realized He had the keys to hell and the grave. But just when I thought my life was over, He extended a love and grace I had never felt or known before."

This book is above all a Testimony of God's grace. I immediately loved this book, as it opens with an Angelic encounter - a beautiful Hebrews 13:2 moment. Then the spirtual battle begins, and the protagonist faces down the dragons of unkind people, mental health issues, personal and family difficulties and demonic oppression. The story encourages the believer to remain faithful to Christ, even if it gets difficult in life. Suffering is portrayed in detail and declared commonplace and the demonic is viewed as very real. However, heaven is declared as real as is the reality of how much greater than all the troubles God is. Those who suffer are not alone.

There are elements to the story I do struggle with: Can a believer truly lose salvation if they are truly a believer? Can one who has accepted God's grace somehow then go on to be damned?

However, the main message of God's greatness in the midst of darkness is one of my own deeply held beliefs. As is the encouragement to abandon sin and live under His grace:

"We are told in Scripture that “therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1). This revelation alone should encourage us to continue in the faith. As a minister of the gospel, you may not always preach what others want to hear, but just know there’s a host in heaven cheering you on, so persevere!"

The book also qoutes from Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest: “Grace is the overflowing favour of God you can always reckon it is there to draw upon."

Indeed this testimony indicates the importance of Grace as a pure form of love. It is a known fact that one of the most important things in life is to love and be loved. Here we discover where to find that sort of love. In God himself.

This beautiful book encourages us with holy scriptures:

 "There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1).

Casting all your anxieties on Him, because he cares for you. (I Peter 5:7).

I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you (Jeremiah 31:3).

Instead of your shame there shall be a double portion; instead of dishonor they shall rejoice in their lot; therefore in their land they shall possess a double portion; they shall have everlasting joy. (Isaiah 61:7).

And though your beginning was small, your latter days will be very great (Job 8:7, ESV).

This is a touching Testimony and it points us toward Christ.

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