The album Jesus is King may have shocked a lot of people because of Kanye’s past. I have to tell you that at first I thought, “Is Kanye really a Christian now?”. But as I listened to the record and heard his testimony I was impacted and thought, “Thank You Jesus because you can reveal yourself to anyone”. Something I read is that he’s not going to sing his old songs with bad words anymore. I must tell you I really like this album. I feel like he’s not ashamed of the gospel.
There’s a song called Hands On and it tells a little bit about his testimony:
Cut out all the lights, He the light
Got pulled over, see the brights
What you doin’ on the street at night?
Wonder if they’re gonna read your rights
Thirteenth Amendment, three strikes
Made a left when I should’ve made a right
Told God last time on life
Told the devil that I’m going on a strike
Told the devil when I see him, on sight
I’ve been working for you my whole life
Nothing worse than a hypocrite
Change, he ain’t really different
He ain’t even try to get permission
Ask for advice and they dissed him
Said I’m finna do a gospel album
What have you been hearin’ from the Christians?
They’ll be the first one to judge me
Make it feel like nobody love me
They’ll be the first one to judge me
The darkest moment
Just like Kanye, Paul didn’t look like he would ever become a Christian. He actually had permission to persecute and murder the Christians.
It says he was full of rage, he was very angry. He thought he was doing the right thing but really he was hitting rock bottom.
“During those days, Saul, full of angry threats and rage, wanted to murder the disciples of the Lord Jesus. So he went to ask the high priest” (Acts 9:1)
Saul was a very well educated man. He had so much knowledge of the law of Moses. So this Jesus thing was not right. He did not believe Jesus was the Messiah. He was defending the law and persecuting Christians, but God saw something in him. Everyone else feared him and saw him as a big threat.
It is in the darkest moment that God decides to show Himself to you. This is what happened to Kanye. He says that it was at the hospital when he had a mental breakdown that he decided to give his life completely to Christ.
I heard the testimony of Ravi Zacharias. He is a Christian thinker and apologist. He leads a ministry that goes into Universities to defend Christianity in a very polite way. He leads thinkers to believe and believers to think.
He says he was an atheist until the age of 17 when he tried to commit suicide by swallowing poison. While at the hospital a local Christian worker brought him a Bible and told his mother to read to him from John 14. When he got to verse 19 it really touched him: “Because I live, you will also live”. He said he thought to himself, “This may be my only hope: life as defined by the Author of life”.
The moment he found Jesus was in the darkest hour of his life. He survived the poison he swallowed. It was like God was telling him: “I’m not giving up on you”.
The darkness of sin
When you live a sinful life it’s like if you were walking with a veil in your eyes.
“But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear.” (Isaiah 59:2)
Saul knew most of the law by heart. He had so much knowledge. Yet he didn’t think that murdering “infidels” was a problem.
Sin brings separation from God. That’s why a lot of times you cannot feel him close, maybe you try to pray and don’t feel anything.
When you don’t have God’s truth, then you have this world’s truth.
Like Kanye said: “Devil, I’ve been working for you all my life. Now I’m going on a strike”
Do you see sin the way God sees it?
Now a days the world is turning upside down. They are calling the good things bad and the bad things good.
In a flash of light
“As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him, He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” (Acts 9:3-4 NIV)
This flash of light made him fall to the ground
This reminds me of my dad’s testimony
Nobody preached to him. At the age of 18th he started to get curious about Jesus and the Bible because his philosophy teacher who was an atheist said: “I’ve not only read the Bible, but I have studied it” So he’s like if this guy has started to read the Bible, why shouldn’t I?
Then he made an appointment with God.
Same thing he saw a flash of light come inside his room
Just like Paul, my dad fell on the floor and started to confess his sins
“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12 NIV)
Have you had a flash of light? Have you experienced a supernatural encounter?
In a flash of light you can declare Jesus is King
Once you decide to surrender your life and put your life is God’s hands. He can start doing something with you.
Imagine Paul’s life was transformed in a flash of light. He was born again immediately. The same thing happened to me. When I went to a retreat and totally understood I needed to have my own encounter I was changed forever.