From your Pastor;
...and when we had fallen to the ground, I heard a voice saying to me in the Hebrew dialect, “ Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.” Acts 26:14
The controversy of all time is centered on who shall have authority? Hence our conflict with Satan is a direct result of giving some authority to God. To maintain God’s proper authority in our lives we must be subject to it with all our heart.
Before Paul knew authority, he tried to wipe out the church. After meeting the Lord on the road to Damascus he saw that it was hard
for the feet (human power) to kick against the goads (God’s authority)
Paul suddenly recognized God’s authority along with God’s salvation. God has ultimate power and therefore ultimate authority. This fact makes it difficult to come against His authority.
The greatest demand which God puts upon us, is not to bear the cross, to serve, to make offering, or to deny ourself. The greatest demand is for man to obey God. “ Has the Lord as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of the Lord. Behold to obey is better than sacrifice...” 1 Samuel 15:22
Why is obedience better than sacrifice?
Because even in sacrifice there can be the element of self-will. Obedience alone is absolutely honoring to God, for it alone take God’s will as its center.
Before we can be used of God, we must first be touched and changed by His authority. Once you encounter God’s authority, then you can be restrained by Him. Once you are restrained by Him then you can be used by Him.
When He entered the temple the chief priests and the elders of the people came to Him while He was teaching and said, “By what authority are You doing these things and who gave You this authority? Matthew 21:23