Sunday Morning Podcast July 16, 2017. Bro. Dave Goble.
TEXT: ACTS 9:3-9
3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:
4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.
7 And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.
8 And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus.
9 And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.
Up unto this point in time, Saul, (later renamed Paul), had not been listening to God. Saul was religiously zealous, but not for the cause of Christ whom he persecuted. When Saul humbly asked what Jesus would have him do, this became his moment of Salvation. Jesus had not been able to get through to him, and asked why Saul had persecuted Him. But it took God’s voice and great light shining around him from heaven, to get his attention. Previously Saul hadn’t been listening for the voice of God, so Jesus had to break him, so Saul could hear Him. This correction for him, and us today, is not a time to be ashamed, for it is the plan of God. Here Saul’s moment brought about a complete change. As with Saul, for us today also, God desires to make us into His image spiritually.
For all the saved, there is a moment of Salvation that breaks us, so that we can be saved. No matter our nationality, language, culture, etc., this applies to us all. This moment of Salvation, is where there is a complete change in our heart. Then, …there is a movement. A movement that continues from our moment of Salvation! A moment of connection, and a movement to stay connected. A movement to stay connected, will mean removing anything that God shows us is hindering us from having a good clear connection with Him. “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” Philippians 2:12 This means we personally need to “work out” or to separate ourselves, from anything we know would hinder our following Christ completely, …to keep our connection. This ‘movement’ is so we can maintain our moment of connection, to continue living for Him. It is so Christ can continue to lead us, …keeping us from becoming spiritually lost.
The movement in our Salvation will come when we trust and acknowledge God for our direction; “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5,6 Don’t seek and lean upon your own understanding, but only God’s to have movement by His direction. This will allow God to “break our will,” …in order for us to move by His. This will help and cause us to be humble, and live holy.
The Moment and Movement of Our Salvation….