Pauls ConversionHeaded to Damascus with letters of authority to arrest and imprison any Christians he found,The Lord struck down Paul with a bright Light. 4
"Lord, what wilt Thou have me to do?" Total SurrenderActs 9 6b And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and gointo the city, and it shall be told thee what thoumust do. 5
7 Andthe men which journeyed with him stoodspeechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.Acts 22 9 And they that were with me saw indeedthe light, and were afraid; but they heard not theVoice of Him that spake to me. The two verbs -- hearing in verse 7 and heard in 22:9 are slightly different.They heard the sound, but didnt understand the words.Acts 9:7 (TLB) The men with Paul stood speech-less with surprise, for they heard the sound ofsomeone’s voice but saw no one! 6
8 And Saul arose from the earth; andwhen his eyes were opened, he sawno man: but they led him by thehand, and brought him intoDamascus. 9 And he was three dayswithout sight, and neither did eatnor drink. 7
What do you reckon was going on with Paul during those three days? We know he was fasting,and you dont fast without praying.God was communing with him, and showing him visions of his future. 8
10 And there was a certain discipleat Damascus, named Ananias; andto him said the Lord in a vision,Ananias. And he said, Behold, Iam here, Lord. 11 And the Lordsaid unto him, Arise, and go intothe street which is called Straight,and enquire in the house of Judasfor one called Saul, of Tarsus: for,behold, he prayeth, 9
Ananias was not one of the twelve, but he was a disciple, a learner and follower of Jesus. He was an obedient son of God.Will you discipline yourself to learn to know Jesus, and live your life His Way? Do you have the discipline to be a disciple? 10
12 And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananiascoming in, and putting his hand on him, that hemight receive his sight. 13 Then Ananias answered,Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how muchevil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem: 14 Andhere he hath authority from the chief priests to bindall that call on Thy Name. Ananias was afraid of Paul; He knew his reputation. 11
15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he isa chosen vessel unto Me, to bear My Name beforethe Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:16 For I will shew him how great things he mustsuffer for My Names sake.Ananias was safe; Paul wouldnt hurt him now. God had chosen Paul, and Paul was saved. 12
Is there someone whom you think beyond hope? 13
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