The Road to Damascus (5)

As we round up this series, we will close with the challenges and weapons required on the road to Damascus successfully. 
A major challenge on the road is criticism or rejection that you may have to suffer. Many will question your choices and try to convince you that you are confused or you don’t know what you are doing anymore. 
You will sometimes have to do it all alone and ignore the voices telling you otherwise. You will have to trust God wholly to take you through and take you to an expected end. 
You will also have to trust Him that His plans are far better than yours. Even when you don’t understand how it will end or when you can’t see beyond your nose, you must trust God that it will end well. 
Major weapons to travel successfully on the Road to Damascus are:
1. Your faith 

2. The Word of God 

3. Prayerful Life

4. Life of Worship
If you arm yourself with these weapons, you are guaranteed to end well. 
My prayer for that person out there who is already on his or her ‘Road to Damascus’, is that you will end well. 
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The Road to Damascus (4)

In this part of the series we will be looking at signs of the road to Damascus. The signs vary from person to person and from circumstance to circumstance, but the end result is a state of brokenness and total surrender to the will of God. 
But before we proceed, it is important to say that not everyone will be privileged to travel down this road, and not everyone who travel on the Road to Damascus will end the journey with the desired results. Damascus experience is for the elected, the predestined and those who have found God’s mercy. Does this mean you have no part to play? Yes you do, your role is to submit to His will. 
Going back to our text, Saul set out on a self-assigned journey but ended up with God assigned journey. One major sign of being on the road to Damascus is when your plans are taken over by factors beyond your control. At such times the more you try to pursue your plans, the more you are taken off track, but such times are usually accompanied with a sense of quiet leading of God.  

Apostle Paul needed his sight to accomplish his set objectives, and God knew as long as he has his sight he will get to Damascus. His sight had to be taken for him to come to realisation of his ignorance. Paul’s sight is similar to man’s vision. This is why God sometimes takes your vision so that you can see His own vision and run with it. 

When you feel frustrated in the pursuit of your vision, you need to find out if it is God or other forces at work. Not all frustrations are from the devil or wicked forces, sometimes God himself will frustrate you to bring you to the centre of His will. He did so for Jonah. He kept the fishes away from Peter all night such that when he caught a great multitude of fishes during the day, Peter had no choice than to accept to follow Jesus. 

When God frustrates, He does so out of love and Mercy. Don’t despair when His hands press you sore, your lemon will produce lemonade. 
Till we meet again, stay blessed and Happy New Month. 
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The Road to Damascus (3)

The Road to Damascus can also be seen as a Process, a transformational process. When you take anyone or anything through a process, you always have a transformed product, whether positive or negative. 
Moses was raised in the King’s palace and treated like Pharaoh’s son. As a matter of fact, he grew up believing he was meant to be the liberator of Israel. He was cockish and short tempered. In a bid to defend an Israelite, he killed an Egyptian and buried him, but it became a public knowledge. This led to his exile from Egypt and to Jethro’s house. He forfeited all his princely privileges and became a shepherd,living with his father-in-law.

 
It was after Moses was emptied of all his kingly ambition at the back of the wilderness after a period of forty years, that the Lord appeared to him in a burning bush experience. At that point, the one who was so willing to be the leader over Israel had become so humbled that he became reluctant to take on the position of leadership. He came up with several excuses not to go back to Egypt. He had come to realisation of the fact that he could not do anything relying on his own strength. The man who attended the best schools in the land suddenly became afraid of the task he murdered for. What a transformation! 
Have you suddenly become less confident about something you once believed you were cut out for, you may have been through the Road to Damascus. Maybe you have experienced some failures and you have lost confidence in yourself, yet some people are calling you to a similar assignment at a much higher level, you need not be afraid, God allowed those experience so that you can understand that you are insufficient of and by your own self, but in Him, you are complete. 
Just as Moses the stammerer succeeded in leading Israel out of captivity, you will succeed too by the Grace of God. The Road to Damascus transforms the self-sufficient to become God-reliant. 
Until we meet again in the next part of this series, stay blessed. 

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The Road of Damascus (2)

In this second part of this series, we will look at the various shades of ‘The Road to Damascus’. But before we proceed it is important to stress two salient points:

1. Everybody will (or had) at one or more points travel through this road. You may travel through it once or twice depending on your sensibility or discernment. 

2. Damascus is not a destination, it is only a terminal on the journey of destiny. 
A closer look at this road will reveal the Road as:

a).  A journey 

b). A process

c). An Encounter
​A) As a journey, the Road to Damascus is a journey from self-determination to submission to the will of the Almighty. When Saul set out from Jerusalem having received letter of authority from the High Priest to arrest anyone preaching in the name of Jesus at Damascus, he was full of self-determination and self-righteousness. He was confidently passionate that he was doing the right thing. If you take time to study Acts 8:1-8, you will observed that he had made an havoc of the Church at Jerusalem and many of the Christians had fled the city. 
Saul felt justified and took his passion further to Damascus. His response to the Lord after a great light blinded him, was ‘Lord what would you have me do?’ Acts 9:4. At that point, it mattered no longer to Saul if he was right or not, he was ready to do the will of the Master. 
There are times we are humbled by life’s challenges that we stop caring about our dreams or ambitions, and we become so willing to do whatever God wants us to do. At such times we are blinded and assailed with both the tenacity and barrage of problems, that we cry out to God to help us at any price or cost. Self-pride or confidence is thrown aside, and we are literally clinging naked to the feet of the Master. That point is your Road to Damascus. The major reason for that is for the Master to get your attention. 
The Master will take you on a journey through ‘The Road to Damascus’, if it is necessary to draw your attention. Damascus experience is God’s divine interruption in the earthly pursuits of His children. 
Stay tuned for the next part in this series. 
Have a great day and remain blessed. 
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The Road To Damascus (1)

​I believe many of us are familiar with the story of Saul who later became Apostle Paul in the Bible. His journey on the way to Damascus, after being harmed with letters from the High Priests, was suddenly highjacked and he became a transformed man. The account can be found in the book of Acts of the Apostle Chapter 9.

This series will place emphasis on verse 3 of that chapter which says,  “And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven” (KJV). 

The objective for Saul on the road to Damascus was to arrest those claiming to be followers of Jesus Christ and bring them to Jerusalem for prosecution. It was a journey borne out of zeal, albeit ignorant zeal and passion, but ended with true revelation. It was a journey that turned out to be a  transformational journey. 
There are many people currently on the ‘Road to Damascus’ and who are wondering how they got so far away from their initial objectives. Apostle Paul couldn’t have in his wildest imagination seen himself preaching the same Jesus he had spent his passion opposing. 
Are you somewhere that looks like the very antithesis of what you initially believed and stood for? You might be on the ‘Road to Damascus’. Or maybe you suddenly find yourself defending what you have been criticising all your life and people are wondering what has come over you, maybe you are on your ‘Road to Damascus’. 
In the next broadcast in this series, we will look closely at the ‘Road to Damascus’ before proceeding to discuss the signs of being on the road, the challenges of the road, and how to travel successfully on the road. I am trusting that this series will help someone out there to understand his or her current situation. 
Stay tuned and remain blessed. Good morning. 
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Balancing Spirituality with Secularity (3)

There were two men in the scripture who lived different lives while alive but both made heaven. One lived as a wealthy man, highly influential and well respected, and a God fearing man whom God testified about. The second was a beggarly poor man who was comfortable eating from the crumbs that fell from the table of a cruel rich man. 
Ironically both Abraham and Lazarus made heaven, but if all believers were to live Lazarus lifestyle, then following God would make no meaning and His promise of adding other things would have been an empty promise. It is therefore instructive to note that any form of Spirituality that cedes or abandons secular responsibilities is the highest form of spiritual malady. 
If we are called to be the Salt of the earth and we keep denying the existence of the earth by continuing to leave earthly affairs in the hands of slaves, then we should not complain when we are being treated like slaves in our father’s house. 
The time is thus ripe for us to take both our heavenly position and occupy our earthly thrones so that our sojourn here on earth before departing for our heavenly home can be impactful and meaningful. The Lord is not coming for a body that is cowering under the oppression of the servants. He is coming for a glorious body, a strong and powerful followers. 
Balancing your Spirituality with Secularity is therefore necessary for a change in the present composition of the world order. I pray that the eyes of your understanding will be enlightened, that you may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints. Eph.1:18
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Balancing Spirituality with Secularity (2)

In continuation of our discussion, we will anchor our discussion on Matthew 6:33 which says, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness ; and all these things shall be added unto you.” This is perhaps one verse of the scripture that has been used more than ever by believers and yet the least understood. 
The first part addresses the Spirituality side of man. ‘Seek you first the Kingdom of God’, meaning seeking God and His kingdom should be man’s first priority. Man should seek to maintain his relationship with God, strive to get his fellow men to also have and maintain that relationship with God, and by so doing the kingdom of God on earth will be established. 
The second part ‘and His righteousness’, addresses man’s code of conduct in his earthly affairs. While the third part ‘and these things shall be added unto you’, addresses the secular part of man’s mandate. The other things include career, business pursuit, material possession, wealth and riches. 
However, somewhere in between this verse is something many of us have been missing for a long time. This is in the word ‘First’. The first part that says ‘seek ye first’ means let God be your priority, and you can then seek other things. This is where many of us have been wrong for years. We have been seeking God while leaving other things which include governance, business pursuit and others untouched. This is the reason why we have left the political field for people who have no business being in government. 
Unfortunately, every decision made by these people have immediate and far reaching effect on all of us and even our unborn children, mindless of the fact that we are seeking God. In seeking God first, you must necessarily seek other things because you are to have dominion and subdue the earth. God has promised to add those other things to you, but they will not just drop on your laps, you will work towards them be added to you.

 
This is why ‘sowing seed’  without finding gainful employment will only lead to frustration. It is also why the business you labour hard to build will become the victim of multiple taxation in the hands of heartless government officials who have lost touch with God. 
Seek God first, then seek other things, including political office and participation in government. If we continue to hide, we will continue to be victims of wrong policies. How do you live a righteous life in a system that is perversely corrupt? Sadly, the perversion will continue to increase because we keep allowing more of the perverts to rule over us. It is time to say No. 
Stay tuned for the third part of this series in the next broadcast. 
Have a great day and stay blessed. 

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