Kicking Against the Pricks

KICKING AGAINST THE PRICKS
(Pastor Lee Jackson FFWC)

I) INTRODUCTION – ON A JOURNEY TO DAMASCUS TO CONTINUE HIS CAMPAIGN TO PERSECUTE CHRISTIANS, PAUL HAD AN ENCOUNTER WITH CHRIST THAT WAS NOT OF HIS CHOOSING BUT ONE THAT WOULD FOREVER CHANGE HIM AND HOW HE WOULD SPEND THE REST OF HIS LIFE.. TEXT: ACTS 26: 12 – 21 NKJV

II) IT IS HARD TO KICK AGAINST THE PRICKS
A) PAUL DID NOT KNOW THAT HE WAS “KICKING AGAINST THE PRICKS”
B) THEY USED TO TRAIN HORSES NOT TO KICK AND TO WORK AS A TEAM USING PRICKS
C) JESUS SAID ENPHATICALLY: “SAUL, SAUL, WHY ARE YOU PERSECUTING ME.”
D) PAUL RESPONDED “WHO ARE YOU LORD?” “I AM JESUS THE ONE YOU ARE PERSECUTING.”
E) NOTICE THAT PAUL WAS PERSECUTING BELIEVERS NOT JESUS DIRECTLY; JESUS WAS IN HEAVEN; YET HE WAS OBSERVING WHAT PAUL WAS DOING
F) I BELIEVE WHEN WE ARE QUICK TO JUDGE & PERSECUTE OR EVEN SPEAK AGAINST THE BODY OF CHRIST AND THOSE HE IS REACHING OUT TO WE MAY BE KICKING AGAINST OUR LORD’S PRICKS

III) IT TAKES A REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST TO SEE WHAT WE ARE DOING
A) TO SEE WHAT WE ARE DOING IS COUNTER PRODUCTIVE TO THE KINGDOM
B) TO SEE THAT WE ARE MISSREPRESENTING JESUS AND MALIGNING THE GOSPEL
C) WE GIVE UP ON PEOPLE LONG BEFORE GOD DOES
D) AFTER WE GET A VISION OF CHRIST WE REALIZE THE BATTLES WE ARE FIGHTING IS THE WRONG BATTLE – BATTLES OF OUR OWN CHOOSING
E) SOLDIERS DON’T GET TO START THEIR OWN WAR OR START THEIR OWN BATTLES OR EVEN CHOOSE THEIR OWN WEAPONS
F) WE KNOW FROM EPH 6 THAT WE DON’T FIGHT AGAINST FLESH & BLOOD (WHEN YOU START BATTLING AGAINST PEOPLE, YOU ARE FIGHTING FLESH & BLOOD)
G) WE KNOW THAT FROM 1COR “THAT THE WEAPONS OF OUR WARFARE ARE NOT CARNAL BUT ARE MIGHTY TO GOD TO THE PULLING DOWN OF STRONGHOLDS.
H) EVEN JESUS SAID THAT HE DIDN’T DO ANYING OR SAY ANYTHING WITHOUT CONSULTING THE FATHER; HE DID NOT HAVE A SEPARATE AGENDA
I) PAUL WAS CALLED TO BE A INISTER OF THE GOSPEL & A WITNESS OF GOD’S LOVE FOR THE LOST
J) SO ARE WE: WE ARE NOT CALLED TO HAVE A TITLE & SIT BEHIND A BIG DESK FEELING SELF IMPORTANT; WE ARE CALLED TO MINISTER TO BROKEN PEOPLE IN THE LOVE OF GOD
K) PAUL WAS CALLED TO OPEN THEIR EYES IN ORDER TO TURN THEM FROM DARKNESS TO LIGHT; TO DELIVER THEM FROM THE POWER OF SATAN & HIS KINGDOM TO GOD & HIS KINGDOM
L) “THAT THEY MAY RECEIVE FORGIVENESS OF THEIR SINS & AN INHERITANCE AMONG THE SAINTS”
IV) CONCLUSION – PAUL WAS NOT DISOBEDIENT TO THE HEAVENLY CALLING! GOD HAS GIVEN ME A VISION OF HARVEST AND A LOVE FOR SINNERS, INCLUDING DRUG ADDICTS, ALOCHOLICS, THEIVES, LAIRS, SELFISH, SELF –CENTERED, MATERIALISTIC AND IMMORAL PEOPLE. I KNOW WHAT JESUS CAN DO FOR THEM BECAUSE I WAS ONCE ONE OF THEM…AND SO WERE YOU! IN LUKE 4:18, 19 JESUS READ FROM THE BOOK OF ISAIAH: “THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME, BECAUSE HE HATH ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR; HE HATH SENT ME TO HEAL THE BROKENHEARTED, TO PREACH DELIVERANCE TO THE CAPTIVES, AND RECOVERING OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND, TO SET AT LIBERTY THEM THAT ARE BRUISED, 19 TO PREACH THE ACCEPTABLE YEAR OF THE LORD.”

 

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