Monday, April 03 2017
As Saul 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
Saul of Tarsus before his conversion was feared throughout the land as a violent opponent of Christianity who persecuted and imprisoned those who followed Jesus. Obviously the disciples had been praying for Saul, believing God to stop him in his tracks, maybe not for his salvation, but for an end to his attacks on the church. God had other plans for this unlikely, soon to be apostle and preacher of righteousness, to make him into an instrument and chosen vessel to take the gospel around the known world, but first He had to set up a "Divine Roadblock!"
A few days ago a woman called me in tears about her son whom we had been praying for and trying to help him change his life. The man had been in trouble and had done prison time and when I first talked to him he was homeless, living in a shed behind his mother's home. I arranged for him to go into a residential program for a year at no cost where he could learn about Jesus and have Him transform his life, but he wasn't ready and didn't show up. The mother called me to tell me he had been arrested for car theft and I said, praise God! I think that startled her but I proceeded to tell her he had just entered Holy Ghost University, a place where God could deal with him and change his life.
We as believers want our kids saved and also our friends and loved ones too, but there is a process that God has to use to bring a person to the end of themselves so He can change their heart! Remember what it took for you to be saved, more than likely you had to go through some things just as I did when God put up a "Divine Roadblock" in my life? Ask the prodigal son about his stay in the pig pen and how that was working out for him, I am sure he would tell you it made him desperate, wanting to go back home. Don't stop the process and enable someone that you are praying for to escape God's plan by easing their affliction or you could be getting in His way and upset His "Divine Roadblock" meant to stop your loved one long enough to save them!
I have seen it over and over for almost forty years, people that God had to stop in order to save them and deliver them from whatever they were involved in. The apostle Paul had to be knocked off his horse and blinded in order for him to finally see the light! What will it take for those whom you are praying for to be stopped so that they can be transformed into new Creations in Christ? Don't give up, God loves them more than you and knows what He has to do to save them, pray and stay out of the way of His "Divine Roadblock!"
"Arise and go to a street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus, for behold he is praying. "And in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias coming in and putting his hands on him, so that he might receive his sight." Acts 9:11,12
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin