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Meditations by John Dean

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

A Great Light

(Act 22:6 KJV)  And it came to pass, as I made my journey, and was come nigh unto Damascus about noon, suddenly there shone from heaven a great light round about me.

This scripture has always inspired me because the thought of something like this actually happening is breathtaking. What is even more breathtaking is the thought of an experience like that happening today.

When I read this scripture I usually end up thinking the reason it happened was because of the great apostle Paul. However it never occurred to me that things like this could happen in our day as well.

This “great light” was not only bright, but our text said it appeared “suddenly.” When this “suddenly” took place the “great light” not only shown around Paul, but also around all of those who were with him. Could it be that when one is walking with a person of such spiritual favor and anointing that they also share in the same blessing? That would certainly appear to be the case.

After all, Elisha did share in Elijah’s blessing, Joshua shared in the blessing of Moses and David shared in the blessing of Samuel. The disciples shared in the blessings of Jesus and so do we.

This would indicate that by walking with those who are wiser or more anointed than we are…we benefit. That also means that those who look to us benefit as well because of our choice of who we walk with.

Speaking of this phenomenal light that Paul experienced…this same light is still appearing to folks today.

A few days ago I was in Nava, Mexico ministering and an old man who always comes to my services invited me out to his ranch. While there he took me to a place on his ranch where he said he was walking one day and suddenly a very bright light appeared on him just like it did on the apostle Paul. The place where this great light appeared was in a thick brushy area with lots of trees. The great light was not the sun because the sun was way over to the west.

He said it was so frightening that he fell on his knees and gave his heart to the Lord. He said the Lord then spoke to him and told him to clean this place up because He was going to start sending people there to pray and praise Him.

The old man followed the Lord’s instructions and sure enough people started coming and praying and holding services and giving their hearts to the Lord. What started out to be a thick brushy wooded area is now a beautiful park-like area with an obvious presence of the Lord.

I suppose the question is…did God do things in Bible times that He cannot do today? NO!!! The apostle Paul was no more precious or special to God than the old man in Mexico. The old man in Mexico is no more precious or special to God than you or I. Perhaps the “light of God” is ready to appear when we are ready. Think about it.

Father,
Thank You for these inspiring examples of Your desire to appear to each of us as the bright shining Light. Let your appearance be as suddenly to us as it was to Paul and the old man in Mexico.

Amen

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