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Capturing A Heart

I am Your Chosen Child

Jesus is the Master… “At Capturing A Heart”

It was what a friend of mine calls “a life intervention”, between Saul of Tarsus and the Lord Jesus Christ. Yet it becomes the life changing event where Saul becames Paul and a destiny is transformed. It was somewhere along the Damascus Road that a light from Heaven peered directly into a very dark place… Saul’s heart.

A Stubborn Heart:

His was no ordinary heart, it was thirsting for blood and zealous for a law without mercy. The determination and hatred seemed to overflow in his quest for letters of approval from the governing leaders of Jerusalem. It made him a persecuter of the Church and pursuer of Christians. “Still breathing out threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord”, this ruthless man seemed convinced that the followers of “The Way” needed “to be bound and brought to Jerusalem”.

Divine Encounter:

What could have been an end, becomes a transformation. A light from Heaven, the voice of Jesus and three days without physical sight made all that seemed so desperate, pale in its urgency. Saul was now waiting for a visitor in a place he had never been, from someone he had never met, with a message he would never have imagined.

What could this mean?

While at the house of a man named Judas, on Straight Street, Saul was left to consider the vision of the Risen Lord Jesus for three long days. Would this end in death? Would it be quick or was God’s Son so angry that He would torture the persecuter? Saul would have no sight, just an echo in his heart of an encounter that struck him to the ground. ”Could it really be true that this Jesus had risen from the dead?” This would re-focus anyone’s life, but what could Jesus mean by “you will be told what you must do” (Acts 9:6).

Receiving Sight!

Ananias enters the house; and laying his hands on Saul 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). Jesus was saying, “I have chosen you as My vessel to bear My name before Gentiles, Kings and the Children of Israel” (Acts 9:14), but more than that, He was capturing the heart by an encounter with the Holy Spirit. Filled with the Holy Spirit, he would never be the same again! Scales fell away and a new determination was birthed within his heart. Saul would be wrecked forever, because his heart had been captured by Love, Himself… not the emotion, the Holy Spirit.

Filled with the Holy Spirit!

The Lord Jesus captured the heart of the persecuter; Saul, by filling him with the Holy Spirit. There is no doubt for anyone to become completely captured, they must be completely filled with the Holy Spirit. I have heard it said that in order to remove a passion from a heart, like fear or hate; it must be conquered by a greater passion, like chosenness and love. My only comment is that when the Holy Spirit fills a person, He captures the seat of all passion.

“I count all things loss…that I may gain Christ.” (Phil 3:8)

We read in the Apostle Paul’s words, an expression of the captured  heart. He holds forth a compelling satisfaction in knowing Christ Jesus as Lord and a desire to see the salvation of his fellow countrymen. This formerly driven persecuter was now focused on preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom to all people, Jews and Gentiles alike (Rom 10:1-4). His greatest desire and prayer to God for all of them was that they might be saved. His longing was that they turn to the Lord Jesus Christ for the capturing of their own hearts.

Lord Send Me!

Anointed with an Assignment

Another History Shaper

I had never heard of spiritual gifts…

“What? I have no idea…” I was unfamiliar with the concept of spiritual gifts, let alone evaluate my own. I had no idea that spiritual gifts were one of God’s primary ways of revealing His will to me. I couldn’t fathom how God could send me into a needy world. So as my spiritual journey progressed I often never responded or responded too quickly to God’s question… “Whom shall I send?”

 It makes sense as I look back now!

 God supernaturally empowers us, so that we are equipped to do what He has called us to do. Though I don’t have time to get into how God calls us and how to actually discover your spiritual gifts in this article; let me just share with you why it’s so crucial to discover, develop, and deploy your spiritual gifts.

Every Christian has an assignment! (Rom 12:3-8)

 The Bible declares that all Christian believers have an assignment or ministry. Maybe it will not be a ministry from behind a pulpit, but God will always offer His energizing touch, the anointing of the Holy Spirit. If you really figure out how God has wired you and how He has gifted you, it just may change the course of your life and ministry from this point on.

 Your passion released into God’s Will for your life will lead to greater joy and impact for the Kingdom of Heaven.

 The fact is, God has chosen very ordinary, common people; just like you and me, to accomplish the biggest events in all of human history. Look at Elijah for instance, (James 5:17-18) a man with a nature like ours, but through prayer was enabled to hold back the rain for more than 3 years and then through that same prayer released the rain. Another common man was Peter; taking a nap on a roof top (Acts 10:9), when he gets a dream that would later become the platform for the Gentiles to be received into the Church, just like the Jews who put their faith in Jesus.

History can be shaped by our obedience!

  God had a plan and someone heard the call! An assignment is released from Heaven and through obedience; great things are accomplished. Its no different today; all we need to do is discover our assignment and we become potential history shapers for the Kingdom of Heaven.

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