Acts – Chapters 8-9

Well friends, I am one day late with my post.  I hope you have all read chapter 8 already and will read 9 today.  Yesterday, our house got a little crazy!  You see, we adopted two kittens!  They are just 8 weeks old and as cute as buttons!  We have not yet named them, but will hopefully find the right names soon.  One is an orange kitty and the other is black and brown.  Our girls are thrilled to peaches!

As I settle into this Sunday morning, I think about the two chapters that are the focus for today.  They both talk about Saul, who is to become Paul.  What a story!  Saul was one of the officials of the high council.  He was determined to persecute, arrest and torture any Christians.  He was mean!  He was ruthless and he was a tyrant.  His sole purpose was to travel around and gather up Christians to jail them.  And then one day, he believed!

So, what happened to change this monster?  Jesus happened!  Jesus loves all of us, even sinners, especially sinners!  He knew that by using Paul, he would be able to reach a whole new population of people.  But how do you get a tyrant to change completely his views?  Well, you and I can’t.  But, with God, all things are possible!  So, Jesus appeared to Saul on the road to Damascus.  He literally blinds him with a bright light from heaven and speaks to him.  He says, “Saul, why are you persecuting me?  I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting!  Now, get up and go into the city,and you will be told what to do.” (Acts 9:4-5)

Saul obeyed.  He became blind from this encounter and was startled to say the least.  The men with him heard Jesus’ voice, but they did not see him or the light.  However, they led Paul to Damascus where he waited patiently and prayed to God.  He did not understand what was happening.

Would you understand this?  You were sent to a city to arrest people and now, the very one you are against is changing your plans.

After 3 days, Saul received a vision that a man would come and lay hands on him.  When this happened, he would receive the Holy Spirit and use the power to preach to the Gentiles.  At the same time, Ananias received a vision telling him to go to Saul and lay hands on him.  Ananias knew of Saul and was afraid.  He had killed, arrested and tortured Christians.  Now, God wanted Ananias to just walk right into the room where he was?  Wow!  Talk about faith and courage!

Well, Ananias did as the Lord requested and sure enough, Saul became baptized, regained his sight and went out to preach the Good News of Jesus!  He was now called Paul and was a significant instrument for connecting the Gentiles to the Jesus.

Isn’t it amazing how God works?  He rarely uses the righteous.  He seeks out the lowly, poor, sinners and needy.  He transforms them and uses them for His work.

How can God use you?  He can only use you if you allow Him to.  You need to be still and listen to His plan.  Are you ready?  Are you willing?

Sunday – Acts Chapter 9
Monday – Reflection
Tuesday – Praises & Petitions

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