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.
Have a great week ahead and stay blessed.
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.
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.
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.