Read Acts 9:1-16
Many of us feel the need of a radical change in our
Many of us who have been reborn are aware that there
are still chains tying us down to our old life that
have to break.
Some frustrated ambition that still eats at our souls.
We know that there is a miracle of deliverance that
We know that there is such a thing as a sudden Pente-
cost that can come and fill us with the power we need.
Those who are still standing outside the Kingdom know
that it is possible to have a sudden conversion that
will settle all the dilly-dallying once-and-for-all.
The Bible is full of men and women who are suddenly
Some of us have tasted this in one area. Now we
Saul of Tarsus is the classic example of this sudden
And we say,
"if only God would do that thing to me
Why don't you do it to me, Lord?
Why don't you strike me with that
You did it to Paul. You turned him
But before you start begging God to do this thing to
Notice that after Jesus appeared to Paul on the road
to Damascus, Paul didn't go dancing into the city shout-
You can be sure that the prayers that Paul prayed during
Saul of Tarsus for the first time in his life was a
a weak man,
Paul had fallen on the stone which the builder's rejected
Paul's career was over. His reputation ruined.
He was like a tree that had been torn out of the earth
When Paul went into the synogogues and started
"Take it all away. It's nothing.
"Maybe if God would come and do this thing to me
Ah, but God didn't "just come and do it." God
Paul had seen Stephen stoned to death for Jesus.
And you say you want your chains broken. You say
For He is like a refiner's fire and like
That light burns, stings, hurts, and throws your life
Jesus will manifest Himself to you as He manifested
1. Do you want this badly enough to be wrenched
Abraham had to leave his homeland. Peter his
When Jesus takes hold He uproots you from your past.
you're cut off - ruined for it. Your past won't join the Kingdom
with you. It will go the other way. You'll be standing there in
the door of the Kingdom like a man without a country.
2. Do you want this badly enough to be struck dumb
When Zechariah came out of the holy place the people
It may not be a literal dumbness or blindness.
- things don't look the same to you,
3. Do you want this badly enough to lose all appetite for a season?
To lose touch with the things that gratify the body.
Paul neither ate nor drank for three days.
When Moses was on Sinai he ate and drank nothing.
When Elijah headed for Sinai he went for
For a while everything stops. All the outward
4. Do you want it badly enough to be changed not only
"Yes, Lord, take care of my stupidity -
But suppose the Lord deals with your cleverness.
Suppose the touch of the Lord's hand makes you look
strong points are removed and you are now weaker
5. Do you want it badly enough to spend the rest of
All your dreams and ambitions gone. Only one
I count all things loss for the surpassing
We're not here to do "religious things" or to do "church
no glory but His.
6. Do you want it badly enough to spend the rest of
"I will show him how much he must suffer
Immediately Paul knows there is going to be suffering,
He that goeth forth and weepeth bearing
precious seed shall doubtless come again
with rejoicing bringing his sheaves with
7. Do you want it badly enough to stop procastinatinq ?
"Give me one more year for myself, Lord'".....
"Give me another week to think things over".....
"I'm not ready yet.
Badly enough to say,
"Now, Lord ........ Today!"
"Do whatever has to be done to me this day."
If you want Jesus to lift you out of that rut.
Maybe you think you've done that already. All I
"Lord, here it is - my life - take it
....And He will take it. And you will never be
And when you have learned in little things, as in big