We pick up the story of Saul about to be given a new name Paul as the Lord interrupted Saul’s plans with His own plans on the Damascus Road. Don’t you love it when God intervenes because of the power of prayer? Let’s pick up the story in Acts 9.
10- 11 Now there was a believer in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord spoke to him in a vision, calling, "Ananias!" "Yes, Lord!" he replied. The Lord said, "Go over to Straight Street, to the house of Judas. When you arrive, ask for Saul of Tarsus. He is praying to me right now.
I love verse 10 and the way God works! God can use anyone He desires as long as the vessel He chooses is willing to walk in obedience. Ananias was called a believer, not a pastor, evangelist, prophet, teacher or apostle, but a believer. Once again this proves God desires to use all believers in the supernatural but we must be in position to be used. If we stay in our prayer closet (secret place) long enough and prove ourselves faithful and obedient in the small things, God will use us more and more because we have been proven faithful. The two factors of God using us is so simple, PRAY and OBEY. In Acts 9, Father God is about to save the biggest persecutor of the early church, who will go on and write two-thirds of the New Testament and He uses a believer not a person with a title or position. You never have to have a man made position to have God given power and authority. Having a man given title does not accomplish as much as a God given towel of servant hood.
12 I have shown him a vision of a man named Ananias coming in and laying his hands on him so that he can see again."
Now the story gets even more supernatural; Father God declares to Ananias that I’ve already prepared Saul about you coming to see him. See this; God gives a VISION to a BLIND, UNSAVED persecutor of the church. I’m thankful God is not limited by our thoughts and understanding of the supernatural. Many people are saved for 40 years and have never seen a vision but God gives Saul a vision which is about to play out.
God is God, a good God but a God who won’t be manipulated by our man made traditions. Remember God is always at work for us when we can see it and when we can’t. While God was talking to Ananias He was also talking to Saul! God is amazing!
13 "But Lord," exclaimed Ananias, "I've heard about the terrible things this man has done to the believers in Jerusalem! 14 And we hear that he is authorized by the leading priests to arrest every believer in Damascus."
The humanness of Ananias shows up because he had heard the reports about Saul and was caught up in “stinking thinking”, believing what man had said instead of just trusting God completely. Notice in these two verses, he heard and what he heard was contradictory to what God had planned; another reminder to control and be careful about what enters our eye and ear gates. Anything contrary to God’s Word is false regardless of where the information comes from. The information may be factual but God’s word is truth.
15 But the Lord said, "Go and do what I say. For Saul is my chosen instrument to take my message to the Gentiles and to kings, as well as to the people of Israel. 16 And I will show him how much he must suffer for me."
Now God gives Ananias insight to His plan, “Yes what you heard was true but I’m about to use Saul for my Kingdom, now go!”
17 So Ananias went and found Saul. He laid his hands on him and said, "Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road, has sent me so that you may get your sight back and be filled with the Holy Spirit." 18 Instantly something like scales fell from Saul's eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he got up and was baptized. 19 Afterward he ate some food and was strengthened. Saul stayed with the believers in Damascus for a few days. 20 And immediately he began preaching about Jesus in the synagogues, saying, "He is indeed the Son of God!"
What a miracle! Ananias obeyed and Saul began to see again after being blind for three days and Saul was filled with Holy Ghost and baptized (what a life change)! Verse 20 declares that immediately Saul began preaching about JESUS being the Son of God, the way to Father God. Those Saul had persecuted, he had become one of them, glory to God!
21 All who heard him were amazed. "Isn't this the same man who persecuted Jesus' followers with such devastation in Jerusalem?" they asked. "And we understand that he came here to arrest them and take them in chains to the leading priests." 22 Saul's preaching became more and more powerful, and the Jews in Damascus couldn't refute his proofs that Jesus was indeed the Messiah.
The one voted least likely to become a Christian not only became a Christian but also a powerful, if not the most powerful, voice among the early Christian church!
Prayer Points: 1. Father help me to never give up on anyone in my circle because I know you can transform them supernaturally and use them to build Your Kingdom!
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