// Open my ears, I want to hear You speak. Tell me Your thoughts, what’s on Your mind. I’ll be Your friend, I want to see through Your eyes. //

Not In A Hurry: Will Reagan & United Pursuit.

In a moment your life can change, God’s provision is already ahead of you.

I’m excited to share our next lesson in Broken Lights. Last week we saw the shine that can come from broken people. Which lead me to think is there any examples of this in the Bible? The Lord revealed one of the biggest broken lights, Saul. Or should I say, Paul?

Excuse me, sir, you made a mistake.

This has to be one of my favorite stories in the Bible. It is the story of a man with a past, that encounter a man with a future. The only one can will.

“Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest”

‭‭Acts‬ ‭9:1‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Clearly, Saul was not a friend to Jesus. However, he did think he was a messenger for God. Ironic when you think about it. Because it doesn’t make sense to us.

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

‭‭John‬ ‭14:6‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

If we jump back to this handy dandy scripture I believe it is the key to truly figuring this thing out. You see Saul thought he knew God, but the scriptures plainly say you can’t know the Father except through the son.

Jump back a minute.

Do you mean to say that no one can understand God unless they know Jesus? Yes, to understand the complexity of God you need more than head knowledge. I could tell you I know all about George Washington. I could have visited his first home. I could have all the books written about him. BUT I don’t know George.

We’ve discussed this before. There is a difference between head knowledge and relationship. God is after a relationship with you. He wants you to listen. He wants you to speak. Then He wants you to listen again. If I really knew George Washington I could tell you his fears, doubts, passions, even what his favorite color was.

Many people are shocked when they realize they never knew Christ.

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭7:21-23‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Reality vs fiction.

The word of God cuts deep. The reality of this message today is you’re going to meet people who think they know Christ and will do whatever, whenever in His name. But it’s the goodness of God that provides the need. Because He is faithful to provide.

So how do I know real Christians?

Let’s keep with Saul, his story is just beginning.

“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?” And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.”

‭‭Acts‬ ‭9:3-5‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

This is SO GOOD! Saul has just had an encounter. When you meet Jesus you get the opportunity to encounter perfect love and it leaves a mark. Have you ever heard of people getting saved and their face or their actions change instantly? They can feel differently. The just had an encounter.

What does an encounter even mean?

Well, I’m glad we’ve got to this point. An encounter with Christ can’t be taken away. An encounter with Christ is a stamp of love on your history. You can act like it didn’t happen. You can deny the change of Christ in you. You can choose to do many things. However, this encounter becomes a platform for you to see the goodness of God and for Jesus to do it again.

Testimony.

“But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel.”

‭‭Acts‬ ‭9:15‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

“And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he 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.”

‭‭Acts‬ ‭9:17‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

“Immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once, and he arose and was baptized.

Immediately he preached the Christ in the synagogues, that He is the Son of God.”

‭‭Acts‬ ‭9:18, 20‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

In all three cases, there is action to this one encounter.

1. Ananias, must comfort with God and realize this man he is about to pray for can be used for God. Saul the wicked, could still do good for God.

2. Ananias gets to be a vessel in this transformation story. He becomes a part of the process and physically be an embodiment of Christ love.

3. Saul, who becomes a new identity of Paul, (2 Corinthians 5:17) encounters a whole new branch of people telling of the goodness of God.

Honestly, there is just so much to uncover here. But for now, do you get it? Christ did this for Paul. Changed his life. He was killing Christians, doing terrible things. But God said, “he’s worth it.”

That’s you, claim it. You have been changed or can be changed. TAKE IT! This testimony is for you to be transformed and for you to share that encounter of Christ with anyone you meet.

I know this has been a bit more extended message than I’m used to posting. But I have to tell you the wind of God for this week has been without words. Join us next week as we continue on with the broken vessels of God.

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