LIVE@5 – Thursday, June 9, 2022
Acts 9:10–25 (NKJV)
10 Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and to him the Lord said in a vision, “Ananias.”Acts 9:10-19
And he said, “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.”
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.”
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.”
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 be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 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.
Ananias was a disciple of Christ in Damascus. The Lord showed him in a vision that he should go and pray for Saul. This concerned Ananias, because he had heard of Saul’s reputation for persecuting and even killing Christians. However, God explained the calling that was upon Saul’s life, even though he had not obeyed it as of yet, even calling Saul a “chosen vessel.” So Ananias went, laid hands on Saul, and Saul received his sight. Saul was baptized, signifying his conversion was effected, and he broke his fast and began to fellowship with other believers in Damascus. Do you remember when and where God saved you? The landmark of your life is important. If you cannot remember the exact date and time, it is not a tragedy. However, it is important to remember the experience itself and rejoice in God that you were saved, and the difference it has made in your life.
20 Immediately he preached the Christ in the synagogues, that He is the Son of God.Acts 9:20-25
21 Then all who heard were amazed, and said, “Is this not he who destroyed those who called on this name in Jerusalem, and has come here for that purpose, so that he might bring them bound to the chief priests?”
22 But Saul increased all the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who dwelt in Damascus, proving that this Jesus is the Christ. 23 Now after many days were past, the Jews plotted to kill him. 24 But their plot became known to Saul. And they watched the gates day and night, to kill him. 25 Then the disciples took him by night and let him down through the wall in a large basket.
Saul did not allow time to pass before he showed the change in his life and in his allegiance. Many were confused that this man who had persecuted and arrested Christians was now preaching the message of Christ! Also, the Jews who had just championed him for his persecution of the Christians were now angry, and sought Saul’s life! He was in a veritable “no man’s land” for the moment. Skepticism can be healthy at times. It is only logical that some may have been puzzled, even unbelieving in this sudden conversion. However, even when people do not believe, God knows the heart of every man and woman. God knew Saul’s heart, and had called him, and had anointed him for ministry. Sometimes it takes a while to show men and women that you are truly saved. Don’t allow skepticism to discourage you. Instead, walk forward in your faith and do what God has called you to do. In that obedience, God will launch you into your calling to fulfill it with excellence, zeal, and anointing. God is with you when you answer His call!