Heroes Who Carry Great Faith Will Prevail

 Faith Filled Heroes Prevail in the Face of Death, Hell, and Darkness

 

The Angel of the Lord Knocks Saul off of His Horse!

 

By Dr. Lindy Diffenbaugh, DD

     

The Transformation from Saul To The Apostle Paul!

 

 

As I had mentioned in my last article, on this Blog-“True Biblical Stories of Old and New Testament Heroes of Faith,”- at the beginning of any biblical story, most of the “soon to be biblical heroes of faith” that we stumble upon are in their youth or they are involved in a life, business, and/or project that they just cannot believe that they can lay down without losing huge sums of money from that premier job! 

 

In fact, even though the Lord is certainly calling them, they do not present as strong and capable “would be warriors,” in their own life and character.

 

These are often insecure, broken, ill equipped and full of self-doubt. They do not believe that they have what it takes to get things done and they often say, “I can’t do this, I am not willing to risk my life to engage in a battle that might destroy my future and could take my life in the process! In fact, it would not be to anyone’s advantage for me to join your team, because I know that I just do not have what it takes to make it work!

 

In fact, I am sure that there are others out there that are anxious and prepared to get the job done! You need to find another guy/gal, with a desire to become a true Warrior for God! That just is not who I am!”  

 

 

 There is One Sure Difference Between a Proven Hero and a Certain Villian

 

The Hero says, ‘I am going to stop anybody else from experiencing what I have experienced,” while the villain says, ‘I am going to take down the righteous, and raise up the wicked to a place of absolute power!”

 

Of course, we all know that the devil is the Father of all Lies, and he knows that his days are numbered! In fact, if you have read your Bible, then you know that God has Satan on a short leash! In fact, he can destroy no more than God will allow him to destroy!

 

 

The Triune God Calls Us to a Life that Will Turn Villains into Saints

 

In fact, the bible is filled to overflowing with heroes, zeroes, and villains. It would be enlightening, for us to look into the life of Saul of Tarsus, in the New Testament! He was one that passionately worked to persecute Christians in his early years. He saw it as his mission to take down the faithful Saints of God! 

 

In fact, Saul was the most wicked and ruthless persecutor of Christians in that day! It was his job and his passion to persecute and execute every Christian that he could lay his eyes, and his hands on! 

 

In fact, one night when Saul was on the Road to Damascus, to arrest and torture Christians. This was an ordinary task for him, and I would assume that he thought nothing of making the trip for the purpose of taking down the Saints of the Most Hight God.

 

As Saul got closer to Damascus, he saw a bright light from heaven flash around him. At that moment he fell off of his horse and hit the ground with great force. 

 

When he opened his eyes, Saul could see nothing. He realized that he was blind. He then heard a voice say, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me.” When he was able to speak, he inquired, “Who are you, Lord?”

 

The Lord responded, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. Now get up and go into the city and you will be told what you must do!” Acts 9:4-5.

 

Saul’s Transformation from a Prosecutor to a Strong and Dedicated Leader Was Unprecedented 

 

In fact, there were rough times ahead for Paul the Apostle, after he became a Servant of God. He was locked in prison and persecuted by wicked leaders of the early church.

In fact, when He knocked Saul off of his horse, the Lord gave Saul a new name.

 

In fact, when God knocked Saul off of his horse, the Lord gave Saul a new name. In fact, Saul Became Paul the Apostle; He was transformed from one who was on a mission to arrest, and/or kill God’s Saints!   

 

As a Servant of the Most-High God, Paul says of himself: “People don’t like me, I am routinely in prison, and bitten by snakes, BUT-I glory in my suffering because suffering produces perseverance, perseverance character and character hope”! 

 

We Must Lay Our Lives Down in Exchange for God’s Purposes for Our Lives!

 

As I come to the closing paragraphs of this post, I would like to remind you that Jesus calls us from a life of comfort and ease to a life that will ultimately transform and put us onto a pathway that will release a blazing light into our lives, that will ultimately consume the darkness that looms over us!

 

I will close with an encouraging quote from the Apostle James as he asks us to , “Consider it all joy when you face trials and tribulations.”  In fact, joy happens when we go through the Challenge to the Place of Overcoming Victory!

 

 

                            Selah!!!

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