To live in the world and live effectively, we must be born again--reborn by the Spirit. Operating in this present world without the Governor--Holy Spirit--is equal to being in a dense forest in the night without any guidance. Keep this in mind, we must be obedient to God's Word, God's Constitution. “If you love me, obey My commandments." John 14:15 It is important that we understand that the Holy Spirit is the same Spirit that took our Lord and King, Jesus into Heaven. After saying this, He was taken up into a cloud while they were watching, and they could no longer see Him. As they strained to see Him rising into heaven, two white-robed men suddenly stood among them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why are you standing here staring into heaven? Jesus has been taken from you into heaven, but someday He will return from heaven in the same way you saw Him go!” Acts 1:9-11
Operating in this present world without the guidance of the Holy Spirit causes us to make many poor decisions, which could be avoided if we took the time to pray and listen to leading of the Holy Spirit. Before ambassador Paul could operate in this present world as the Lord Jesus' ambassador, Jesus had to get his attention. As he was approaching Damascus on this mission, a light from heaven suddenly shone down around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting Me?” Acts 9:3-4 From that point on, the Lord Jesus instructed him on what to do and where to go to receive his further instructions. “Who are you, lord?” Saul asked.
And the voice replied, “I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting! Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
The men with Saul stood speechless, for they heard the sound of someone’s voice but saw no one! Saul picked himself up off the ground, but when he opened his eyes he was blind. So his companions led him by the hand to Damascus. He remained there blind for three days and did not eat or drink. Acts 9:5-9
Keep in mind, before Paul could operate as an ambassador of the Kingdom,as well as fulfilling his purpose and assignment, he first had to be prepared. That means being filled with the Holy Spirit--the Governor, living a Kingdom life in obedience to His Word. In doing so, you live in victory. Note that not long after Saul had become Paul and had received the gift of the Holy Spirit, he started preaching the message of the King. So Ananias went and found Saul. He laid his hands on him and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road, has sent me so that you might regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Instantly something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he got up and was baptized. Afterward he ate some food and regained his strength.
Saul stayed with the believers in Damascus for a few days. And immediately he began preaching about Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is indeed the Son of God!” Acts 9:17-20
Whenever you have a purpose and assignment, you will face challenges but the King is with you all the way. He will see you through it for His name sake. Read this conversation the Lord Jesus had with His servant Ananias. Now there was a believer in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord spoke to him in a vision, calling, “Ananias!”
“Yes, Lord!” he replied.
The Lord said, “Go over to Straight Street, to the house of Judas. When you get there, ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul. He is praying to Me right now. I have shown him a vision of a man named Ananias coming in and laying hands on him so he can see again.”
“But Lord,” exclaimed Ananias, “I’ve heard many people talk about the terrible things this man has done to the believers in Jerusalem! And he is authorized by the leading priests to arrest everyone who calls upon your name.”
But the Lord said, “Go, for Saul is My chosen instrument to take My message to the Gentiles and to kings, as well as to the people of Israel. And I will show him how much he must suffer for My name’s sake.” Acts 9:10-16 Whenever the Lord God chooses you for a purpose and gives you an assignment, He will equip you with the Holy Spirit, so get tuned in to Him.
Remember, your greatest asset is your faith in the Word of God.
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