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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.

Resisting Unbelief

Unlocking the "Promise"

Unlocking the "Promise"

“Now the men whom Moses sent to spy out the land, who returned and made all the congregation complain against him by bringing a bad report of the land; those very men brought the evil report about the land, died by the plague before the Lord.” (Nu. 14:36-37)

We often believe partially… like having faith for breakfast, but stopping short of believing God to meet all of our needs.

Let’s look at what happened in the Bible. God had Moses lead the people out of Egypt. Then He said I’m giving you a Promised Land that flows with milk & honey. So Moses sent out spies to check out the land God promised them. Joshua and Caleb came back in agreement with God’s promise (the land is good). The other ten spies came back with a bad report, focusing on the giants in the land and doubting God. How you see… is more important than what you see!

Seeing & Believing:

I know how tempting it is to focus on the negative instead of believing what God has promised! You must actively allow God to shape your perception while you look at realities that seem contrary to the Word of God! Seeing and believing are two very different issues. The Bible says that the people believed the spies with the bad report and wanted to stone Joshua and Caleb. Imagine fighting to agree with lies… that is where doubts lead us. It is amazing to watch reason or “how we see”, bring people into complaining and away from belief in God and His Promises. Doubt requires no creative energy at all, in fact it is an open door for a spirit of unbelief. When we are struggling to trust God, we need to resist the spirit of unbelief, because it is stubborn and will lead us into deception and paralyze our vision. You must exercise your faith in God’s Word, if you want to see the “promise” in your promised land!

  • God is truth!
  • He is not a man who would lie.
  • In Him there is no darkness at all – He’s not even capable of telling a lie.
  • The devil is the father of all lies, he is the deceiver and thief.
  • God is good, and His plan for us is good.
  • God is faithful and will always make Himself available.
  • He will never leave us, nor forsake us.

Don’t Open the Door to a Plague!

Doubt is not something that God puts in us. The Bible says that God gives every man a “… measure of faith” (Rom. 12:3). God has placed faith in our heart, but the devil tries to negate our faith by attacking us with fear and doubt. Doubt comes in the form of thoughts that are in opposition to the Word of God. This is why it’s so important to know the Word, speak the Word and walk in the Word. If we know the Word, then we can recognize when the devil is lying to us. Realize that he lies in order to steal from you… he is after the “promise” of the Promise Land. He wants to undermine all that Jesus revealed to us in His life and purchased for us at the cross, through His death and resurrection.

Don’t let the devil rob you of your inheritance!

Encourage yourself in God’s Word and speak out loud who He is and what He has purposed for you. Give no room for the devil to deceive you. If you allow doubts to become a stronghold of unbelief in any area of your life, not only will you miss out on your “promised land”, you will end up living under a “plague”! The stubborn heart will make you feel as though you are dying in your personal wilderness. Fight the good fight of faith… and don’t entertain negative thoughts that contradict God’s Word. Take those thoughts captive and fight for fresh vision and promise (2 Cor 10:3-6)!

Faith opens the door to your spiritual inheritance! Remember the words of David, “no evil, no harm and no plague shall come near your dwelling” (Ps. 91:10), since faith comes by hearing, and hearing (breaks the spirit of unbelief) by the Word of God.

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