The other day, I was reading the story of Saul and his transformation in Acts chapter nine, and I thought even though the Bible doesn’t say that Saul was being prayed for, I’m sure he was.
Saul was persecuting the church and was a murderer, when he had his transforming experience and although we don’t believe these kinds of transformations still happen, I believe God still radically changes lives.
All it takes is a real encounter with God. Yes, we struggle, but someone has to stand in the gap for those who are bound by the evil of this world. God is still able to set us free, no matter how far gone we may think we are.
I was thinking about someone yesterday and wondering about some things and God simply told me that I need to pray more for that individual. Some people are scheduled for a Damascus Road experience and they don’t even realize their world is about to be turned upside down. Don’t believe it? If you don’t you don’t understand God. He can bring us to a defining moment where we have no choice but to change. And the reason God will do this is so we don’t destroy ourselves. Sin has consequences. Well let me talk about me.
Last year and even into this year, I had a crisis health wise and guess what? It didn’t even take a “deliverance” service to get me to change. Sometimes it’s just a life or death circumstance and instantly we alter our lives. I remember last year, God showed me my death (due to gluttony) in a dream and that day I went to the emergency room and received some devastating news. Yes, if left untreated, I could have died. Coming face to face with these health issues, I made instant changes. Two weeks after I left the hospital I lost 15 pds. I’m now down 50 and really it all happened without much effort.
Now I rarely eat fast food, have eliminated sugar and salt as much as possible, I cook mostly all my food and where I thought I just could not break free from the bondage of gluttony, God used a dire circumstance to catapult me to make permanent changes. There are certain foods that I absolutely will not eat ever again because I want to live. Sounds like deliverance to me!
Your area may not be mine and mine may not be yours, but when God decides this is it, and it’s over and He pronounces change, look out! It’s going to happen. God know exactly what to allow to fast forward our deliverance, so if you are praying for freedom, watch out because it’s going to happen and sometimes God it comes by any means necessary.
New International Version (NIV)
9 Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest 2 and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. 3 As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”
5 “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.
“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. 6 “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
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