Good morning brothers and sisters. We are still on Saul. He has now met Jesus. He has taken the first steps in obedience. Today, I want to look at the man, Ananias, that Saul was sent to. Acts 9:10-19. 10- Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and to him the Lord said in a vision, "Ananias." And he said, "Here I am, Lord." I wished I responded to Jesus like that. When He gives me something, I want to say, "Here I am, Lord." 11- So the Lord said to him, "Arise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus, for behold, he is praying. 12- And in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias coming in and putting his hand on him, so that he might receive his sight." All Ananias had to do was respond and the Lord gave him direction. Now he is being sent to the one person who is seeking to kill him because of his belief in Jesus. Would you go if you knew that the one person God is sending you to is the one that is seeking to kill you? 13- Then Ananias answered, "Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he has done to Your saints in Jerusalem. 14- And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on Your name." I wonder if non believers see Christians this way. I think they do. They see us badly. Why? Have we truly portrayed Jesus? Or do they see Jesus we portray? Is it the true Jesus? Or our image of Jesus? Does the world see us like Ananias saw Saul? If so, then this is truly sad. We need to do better. 15- But the Lord said to him, "Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel. 16- For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name's sake." Saul was not going to get off from suffering. The Lord knew of all the things Saul had done and was intending to do when he met Jesus. But yet, the Lord said, "He is my chosen vessel?" We are all Saul. But if we chose, we can be His chosen vessel. 17- And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, "Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and to be filled with Holy Spirit." Ananias did as he was told, even though he was scared. His faith in Jesus Christ was bigger than his fear of Saul. And he believed so much in the words of Jesus that he called Saul, brother. He came to give him sight and to allow the Holy Spirit to come upon Saul. 18- IMMEDIATELY there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once; and he arose and was baptized. 19- So when he had received food, he was strengthened. Then Saul spent some days with the disciples at Damascus. When we are obedient to the Lord, He answers those prayers. Sometimes not immediately but He answers. What kind of Jesus do you portray to the world? Do you show all of Him to everyone or to only who you think is fit? Jesus wants everyone to know Him. We have the answer for this fallen and broken world. I see faith in the Bible that makes me want to just get up and move. This year is about revival. Revival back to Jesus and it starts with me and you. Have a blessed day! Have faith of Ananias. And rise up child of God, rise up!
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