Divine Encounter 3

A Divine EncounterThis is the last of the current series. We are going to look at the life of Saul/Paul in Acts 9.

Saul was a great persecutor of the Church, he wrought havoc in the body of Christ such that the disciples had to flee and hence scattered everywhere which in turn enabled the gospel to spread in Acts chapter 8. What the enemy meant for evil God turned it around for good. It was whilst carrying on with this agenda of persecuting the church on his way to Damascus that the Lord met with Paul.

The nature of Saul’s encounter was that the light was shone around him.

As mentioned in Divine encounter series 2. Jesus has been described as the light of the world, when light comes in darkness has to flee. Light illuminates and gives understanding. Light gives revelation and direction. When there is revelation, revolution takes place. I pray we will experience the light of God in all our situations so that we can move forward in the things of God.

Saul had been persecuting the church, he didn’t know he was actually touching God.  The bible says in 1 chronicles 16:22 “touch not my anointed and do my prophets no harm.  Also in Zechariah 2:8 “whoever touches you touches the apple of my eye”. Saul had been messing up with God and now, his time was up.

We also can have this comfort that who ever is messing up with us will be sorted by the Lord. When Balaam was hired to go and cause trouble amongst the people of the Lord, the angel of the Lord stopped him. Galatians 6:17 says let no man trouble me for I bear the mark of Christ. Saul thought he was serving God, he was sincerely wrong but when illumination and revelation came, he received a new direction, a new mandate to preach the good news to the Gentiles, kings and Jews. His profession changed from being a persecutor to a proclaimer of the good news. He changed from being someone who binds people in prison to loosing people into the kingdom of God.

There is also another lesson here that there is no one that is beyond redemption.  Sometimes we pray for our loved ones and because of the things they get involved in, we despair and wonder if they will ever get saved. But, if the Lord can turn the persecutor of the church into a preacher, definitely there is no one that is too much for the Lord to handle. It is also amazing that our greatest enemy when touched by the Lord can be our greatest ally. The strength and passion Saul used to persecute the church was greatly used by God to spread the gospel and he ended up writing 2/3rds of the gospel according to theologians. We’ve seen in modern age when some gangsters have turned to the Lord and they’ve been used greatly by God for the salvation of many.

So let’s not give up on anyone, keep trusting the Lord and it shall come to pass.

In conclusion of the Divine Encounter series, there are some common threads:

  • Divine Interruptions – When our daily activities are divinely interrupted, God breaking through to have an audience. Peter, Paul and Moses were interrupted during their normal daily activities
  • Divine Dialogue – God speaks to us, gives us instructions/directions and we respond. Peter’s boat was borrowed, he experienced a miraculous catch, afterwards Jesus said follow me. Moses was called out of a burning bush; For Paul, light from heaven was shown around him and a voice calling his name. Each person responded to the call of God.
  • Divine Mandate – Visions and destinies are birthed during divine encounter, God’s divine purpose for our lives is revealed. Peter became a fisher of men, Moses a deliverer and Paul and apostle
  • Divine Empowerment – We receive the power and resources to carry out the assignment and fulfil Gods purposes in our lives. Moses’ rod became a tool God used to display His glory and wonder to Pharaoh, He also gave him Aaron. Peter was empowered by Jesus with other disciples plus he was also anointed on the day of Pentecost. Paul was prayed for by Annais and he was also blessed with Banabas.

May you truly have a divine encounter that will catapult you to your divine destiny in Jesus’ name.

Toyin

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Funke Magbagbeola - July 30, 2010 Reply

This message has just helped me to understand ,better, the things which the Lord was exposing to me during a 3-day retreat which i finished two days ago. Now i can say that the retreat was a time of Divine Encounter with the Lord. The four common threads you mentioned were really there. I was forced to go for the retreat after a series of events at work.
May the Lord continue to increase you in every way. I’m praying along with you towards the programme.

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