The Hidden Potential of those Kickers Against Goads!
By Apostle Aje Pelser
Preached at – actually we are not sure where – Harvester Reformational Church somewhere in Cape Town
Act 9:1 Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest
Act 9:2 and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.
Act 9:3 As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven.
Act 9:4 Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?”
Act 9:5 And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.”
Act 9:6 So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
Let’s just unravel this concept a little:
“to provoke or annoy (someone) so as to stimulate an action or reaction.”
“drive (an animal) with a spiked stick”
Goad : Strong’s Greek concordance G2759
From κεντέω kenteō (to prick); a point (“centre”), that is, a sting (figuratively poison) or goad (figuratively divine impulse): – prick, sting.
To kick against the goads means:
To hurt oneself by persisting in useless resistance or protest.
Here are some transformations that will happen when God intervenes in goad kicker’s lives:
1. Use the point of the Word: The Word of the Lord has a sharp point and a central thought that is the convergence of all the power and force of the Living Jesus Christ.
2. Look for decisive moments: when Saul met Jesus it was a decisive moment in his life to realize that resistance is futile and Jesus is all powerful. It was a useless exercise for him to keep persecuting these Christians. But what changed Saul was that he realized he was actually dealing with Jesus behind the people he was treating shamefully and even consenting to their death.
3. Pray for a revelation of the living Christ Jesus to stop them in the way. Saul asked: “Who are You Lord” And the very next things he asked: “What do You want me to do?” Once these goad kickers get a revelation of Jesus, their commission follows and the kingdom of God benefits.
4. Find a gap to minister to them: what made his embarrassment complete was: that the very people he was to condemn, came to minister to him and cared for him until he received his sight again. God spoke through them to give him his marching orders, to fill him with the Holy Spirit and to bring him into the fold.
5. Don’t write them off in your mind: God can change someone we have written off.
6. It’s never too late – start working in eternity: Abraham kicked against God’s way of bringing him a son. Sarah kicked against the fact that she and Abraham would have a child at their age. They become father and mother of a new nation.
7. People’s nature can change: Jacob kicked against the Angel of the Lord, and received a blessing to become Israel, a prince with God.
8. Stop making excuses: Moses kicked against going back to Egypt to face Pharaoh, delivering his people from slavery and leading them to the Promised Land.
9. Ask for a sign: Gideon kicked against his mission and asked for signs, and become a hero defeating thousands of Midianites with 300 men.
10. See God’s plan and let them go: Samson kicked against all good advice and went to the Philistines, then kicked against their pillars and pulled down the pillars on God’s enemies.
11. See God’s plan and go! Jonah kicked against the call of God and ended up saving a city.
12. Get behind me Satan! Peter kicked against Jesus’ plans to die for our sins, and later preached the sermon at Pentecost. He also was crucified just like Jesus but upside down, saying he wasn’t worthy to be crucified the same way as His lord.
13. The Gospel is for all nations: Apostle Peter also kicked against the concept of Gentiles receiving salvation at first and alter became the Apostle who opened the door to the Gentiles.
14. Turn stubbornness into stubborn faith: the Syro-Phoenician woman kicked against the divide between Jews and Gentiles by saying that dogs could eat the children’s that fell from the table: crumbs and her daughter was healed of an unclean spirit. (Matt. 7:28 Jesus sued the word – G2952: kunarion means ‘puppy dog’)
15. Open your heart to receive the goad kicker back into the fold: Ananias kicked against gong to pray for Saul, but later got him baptized with the Holy Spirit. Acts 9:1-18.
16. Forgiveness opens up new partnerships: The apostles kicked against receiving Saul and Barnabas had to vouch for him, and later they received support through Paul during a famine.
17. Don’t let fear rob you of your calling: Timothy kicked against being bold at first, and then became the apostle to Ephesus and gave his life as a martyr there, confronting a whole Pagan procession and rebuking them for idol worship.
18. Don’t let feelings direct your prophecy: Agabus kicked against Paul getting bound and thrown in prison but changed his perspective allowing Paul to go and fulfil his calling.
Stop worrying about all those kickers against goads and start praying for them to have a Damascus Road experience with the living Christ.
Maybe you are the Ananias who will go and pray for them and let them see their calling, restoring their vision and blessing the Body of Christ.
Maybe you have a nation in you and God wants to birth something through even when you think it is impossible.
Maybe you know someone who is fearful and hides their gifts and they are going to win great victories for your people.
Maybe you are the one God is sending to a rebellious nation and they will repent.
Stop kicking against the goads and see the point Jesus is making:
He wants you for a special purpose that only someone like you, with all your good and bad points can do.
Our problem is that we write off those whom God has earmarked for suffering and glory that will establish His kingdom in hearts and minds.
I can think of several people we have disciple over the years that have been really difficult to handle, yet have become great blessings to the Body of Christ.
Pursue the difficult ones, work on the hard relationships as the Spirit leads you and see those Kickers against goads, reach their full potential. There is really no better feeling that seeing God’s plan come together!