The Book of Acts tells a story about a man named Saul who was persecuting and killing Christians before his life was radically transformed.
While traveling to Damascus, he had a divine encounter as a great light came upon him from heaven. The LORD spoke to him audibly and said, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute Me?”
Saul knew that this was the voice of God and he replied: “Who are you LORD?” The LORD replied: “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.”
Jesus was speaking allegorically of an ox goad which was used to gather up the cattle and steer them in the right direction. The LORD then told him to go into Damascus and He will direct him from there.
The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, hearing a voice but seeing no one. As Saul picked himself up off the ground, he found that he was blind. The men led him by hand into Damascus and was there three days, going without food and water.
There was a man in Damascus named Ananias whom the LORD spoke to in a vision. He told him that Saul of Tarsus also had a vision and seen him laying hands on him and receiving his sight.
Ananias feared Saul but went at the LORD’s request. He went to the house where Saul was praying and said: “Brother Saul, the LORD Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”
Immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once; and he arose and was baptized. This encounter began an amazing ministry of Saul who became the apostle Paul and had a ministry of miracles, signs and wonders.
Paul struggled through many hardships (2 Corinthians 11:23-27) and we read throughout the Book of Acts how people were always trying to kill him. But God worked unusual miracles through his hands so that even handkerchiefs and aprons were brought from his body to the sick, diseases left them and evil spirits went out of people.
He healed the blind, paraplegics and set people free those who were demon possessed. He even raised a man from the dead who fell asleep and fell three stories as he was preaching, (Acts 20:9-12).
The LORD is showing me that many of you have also come from dark backgrounds and Jesus wants to do astounding things in your lives and ministries. Just as the sorcerers and the false prophets were not able to stand up against Paul (Acts 13:6-12) the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead abides in you.
The LORD says,
“I AM looking for those who are not afraid to have life changing encounters.
I AM looking for those who are ready to receive this radical transformation.
Allow Me to re-position you and re-program areas in your life that needs to be turned around. Every area of your life will be reconstructed as you allow Me to do a work deep inside of you.
Allow Me to strengthen you, and give you boldness and confidence to stand up against adversity.
Do not allow the enemy to immobilize you or take you out of the race. Don’t allow him to desensitize you from My leading. Don’t allow the strategies or the pressures of this world to take you off course.
I will transform your life in the same way that I have transformed Paul’s life. Don’t procrastinate any longer, but allow Me to convert you.
I want to release divine encounters to you and raise you up to a greater level of walking in the power and authority that was freely given to you.
Allow Me to break off the restrictions that have kept you from moving forward. My plans and purposes will unfold as you become one with Me.
You will experience greater dimensions of My glory as you allow My word to become a reality in your life,”
says the LORD.
“As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?”” Acts 9:3-4.
“Immediately he preached the Christ in the synagogues, that He is the Son of God.
Then all who heard were amazed, and said, “Is this not he who destroyed those who called on this name in Jerusalem, and has come here for that purpose, so that he might bring them bound to the chief priests?” But Saul increased all the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who dwelt in Damascus, proving that this Jesus is the Christ,”Acts 9:20-22.
“Now God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul, so that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them,” Acts 19:11-12.
Blessings in Christ Jesus,