Good News Message

  • “When we say yes to Jesus, we are transformed first in our spirit.

    Last week we began a study of Romans 12, which is a look at how we will conduct ourselves, as we are transformed when we have given ourselves to Christ.  We do not have a rehearsed plan of how we will change when we accept Christ, as Lord.  It just happens from the power of new life that comes into us in the Holy Spirit, and we are born again when we say ‘yes’ to Christ Jesus.

      When the Apostle Paul (who was called Saul at that time) first met Jesus, he was on the way to a place called Damascus, a commercial city that was about 175 miles from Jerusalem.  This was a key center trading place in Syria, and would be where he planned to operate from.  Paul, (Saul,) a young, determined, highly educated, very religious Israelite had declared he was going to stop a movement called “The Way”, that lifted up Jesus.  The Movement had sprung up after Jesus was crucified, and died.  The word was being spread that Jesus had been raised from the dead and transformed after three days in the grave.  It was being spread that Jesus was indeed the Messiah, and was now on the throne as a King in Heaven, and that great and wonderful things were happening to and for those who believed.  Paul did not believe any of this, and was doing everything in his power to kill the whole story through capture, imprisonment, or execution of those who professed to believe.  But all of that changed when the power of the Spirit of Jesus knocked Paul down to the ground, and said to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute Me?”  “Who are you Lord?” Saul asked.  “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” He replied. “Now get up, and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”  (Acts 9: 1-6)
    Most of us do not have this kind of experience when meeting Jesus, but each of us have one.  In this case, Paul was transformed immediately.  He lost his vision, when he was knocked down to the ground to get his attention.  He was led by the hand to the place where he would learn about what was going on.  He was given a new vision as he received his sight back and was told what his assignment would be in the days to come.  He never looked back.  After a period of time, Jesus took him to Arabia, where He taught Paul personally the things he would need to know to do what he was being called to do.  When Paul returned to Damascus he began to “Preach Jesus”.  The Word began to go forth as Paul quoted those preaching from ‘The Way.’  They said, “The man who formerly persecuted us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.” (Galatians 1:23)
    Some will have large transformations, – others may be small, but everyone shall be transformed.  I shall never forget the transformation that took place in me as I received our Lord.  I went to Church that day to ‘join the Church’ because my wife asked me to.  Our daughter was 5, and her Mom wanted her to at least know who Jesus is.  I thought it would probably be good for Business, so I agreed.  I had no trust of Christians from things that had happened in my youth; I thought they were all hypocrites.  But that day, when I said yes to the invitation to accept Jesus as Lord, my spirit was born again, and a transformation began to take place that I could not, then or now, explain.  I have never looked back.  What an amazing journey it has been – I am excited about it every day – I know where it will take me.
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May you be “Encouraged, and “Strengthened”, and “United”, God’s Beloveds, as we Lift up Christ Jesus, Glorify the Father, and Magnify the Holy Spirit.