Zephaniah 3:17 reminds us that God is musical and He rejoices and sings over you. - -
The LORD your God in the midst of you is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over you with joy; he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
Monday, September 25, 2017
ENCOUNTER WITH GOD
Pastor Allan was speaking and
from my notes I present his edited sermon.
God is moving and working in
our lives.An encounter with God should be
usual in our lives.
Saul had an amazing
encounter.He was headed in the wrong
direction to destroy God’s beloved children.Then God took charge.As Saul was
riding his horse thinking he was doing a good thing; suddenly God struck him
down, revealing a greater purpose to serving God.
Acts 9:4 And he
fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying to him, Saul, Saul, why persecute
The one seeking to destroy
ended up spreading the New Truth about Jesus.
He thought he was helping God
and we often do the same.We see someone
and try to correct, and cause more harm than good.We must use caution who we criticize even
those in a different religion or something we do not agree with.
Here at Open Door Church, we
welcome all.We must be careful not to
Saul was struck blind for a
season as Jesus revealed Himself in a personal encounter.
We must remain blind to what
is going on around us, and be open to the Holy Spirit allowing him to fall and
flow as He wills.It requires us to be
available for an encounter with God.Not
just a one time thing, but daily be in His presence.
The strength of that
encounter changed Saul to Paul.
The Holy Spirit power will
change you.What you receive today from
the sermon is not meant to last you all week.You are to feed on God’s Word and seek Him daily at home.He is ready to encounter you in your ‘secret
Paul was learned in the
Jewish culture and tradition and he knew the Old Testament scriptures.
Suddenly he was encountered,
struck with a bright light, and he heard a voice: “Why are you persecuting me?”
Saul immediately knew who
this was.For three days he was
physically blinded but his spiritual eyes were opened.God ordained him to go to Damascus and discover what was assigned to
Many times he was called up
by the leaders and governors about what he was preaching. He had to tell them,
that he had experienced an Encounter with God.
9Men, brethren, and fathers, hear ye my
defense which I make now unto you. And those that were with me saw indeed the
light and were afraid, but they did not hear the voice of him that spoke to me.
Maturity will show us many
things.We must ever be open to learn
and to follow Christ.
God continues to amaze me as
He delivers and sets people free.He
encounters individual persons.
Jesus encountered a woman at
the well.He asked her for water, and an
amazing encounter occurred. The master mover of directions set the ground for
revival in her country.
As we encounter God, Jesus
enables us to be the church.You are the
Do you want to see revival
transform lives where you are?Jesus
said, you shall receive POWER after that the Holy Spirit is poured out on
you.On the day of Pentecost, there was
a sound of a rushing wind, as tongues of fire appeared upon those present and
they spoke in other languages.That day
they encountered a new dimension in God and received power to minister to the
world.Peter the fisherman, became Peter
the preacher that day.
Each of us can be used of God
in our personal world.Seek His Face
daily for your personal encounter with the Holy Spirit.