God’s Word Says….
Acts 22:12-16 (NCV)
12 “There a man named Ananias came to me. He was a religious man; he obeyed the law of Moses, and all the Jews who lived there respected him. 13 He stood by me and said, ‘Brother Saul, see again!’ Immediately I was able to see him. 14 He said, ‘The God of our ancestors chose you long ago to know his plan, to see the Righteous One, and to hear words from him. 15 You will be his witness to all people, telling them about what you have seen and heard. 16 Now, why wait any longer? Get up, be baptized, and wash your sins away, trusting in him to save you.’
Paul is relaying the conditions that changed. Basically this is his ‘Testimony of his Changed Life’. Saul (Paul’s birth name), a persecutor of Christians, was stricken by God and challenged about his spiritual condition. He immediately knew it was God and he surrendered his life to God. This act came with Saul being blinded. God’s next step to confirm this act of conversion to Saul, was to place him in the presence of a messenger of His, Ananias, and that’s where these verses pick up. Notice that God gave the power and authority to His messenger through whom He would perform the act of healing Saul’s sight, and to also give Saul further instructions. Notice that God used a human messenger through whom to work these miracles before Saul, for He knows how challenging it is for the unbeliever, or new convert, to handle the miraculous works of God. He particularly did this for Saul’s sake, I believe.
Friend, if you are not careful you may let this story go right over your head, for you might say that you know of no one that is persecuting Christians. However, let me draw to your attention that Saul’s sin was blatant, but anytime you are living your life in opposition to God’s Holy Word and His commands, then you too are sinning, and like Saul, you too are very much in need of my Savior. Should you wait to be stricken with blindness? Definitely not, for God will get the attention of each of us in different ways. To a family member of mine, it was through the death of a young nephew that he realized he was in no condition to meet God should his life have concluded suddenly life that of his nephew. To a friend, it was in the middle of a war that he surrendered to the ministry. To me, it was through an acquaintance who was praying for me, and at the right opportunity prompted me to the altar to accept Christ. Notice that God will get your attention, regardless of your condition. To the sinner, it is not natural for you to even think of God, or stumble across a devotion like this where I am sharing the love of Christ. If this is happening to you, please acknowledge God’s Holy Spirit who is at work already in your life. You may be surprised to know the family and/or friends who are praying for you to join the family of God, through accepting Him as your Lord and Savior. The Bible says that if you hear and/or recognize His work and/or feel His presence, perhaps prompting You, do not turn away, but instead invite Him to take up residence in your heart and your life. Ask for forgiveness of your sin, and His guidance, wisdom and strength to start a new life with Him in control. Friend, take my word, HE IS ABLE, and He will listen to the honest cry of His children. Trust Him today, won’t you? Need to talk about it? Please contact me by email, using the link in the ‘Action’ portion of this devotional, or speak one-on-one with the pastor or lay leader of a local Bible believing church. This life is only temporary. You can secure your future in Christ by accepting Him today friend!
Lord Jesus, how wonderful, marvelous and loving You are. To willingly go to the cross for the sin of those that hated You, yet in Your risen form You sit at the right hand of the Father petitioning for these same folk, and You intervene in the lives of these folk to encourage them to accept Your free gift of eternal life. I cannot fathom that kind of love. Dear Jesus, I’m afraid that many of my family and friends are having difficulty understanding that kind of love and therefore not accepting Your free gift. You got the attention of, and saved, the one who appeared to be the chief of sinners in his day, and You chose Him to lead the church spoken of in most of the New Testament. Praise God, this gives me confidence that You can also melt the hardest heart, and especially the hearts of the ones I love or hold dear to me today. I mention these to You by name frequently, so I am asking today that You would once again tender their hearts and allow them to hear Your voice. I pray the same for anyone who may come across, or meditate on this devotional, please perform similar miracles to the one You did with Saul. Please get their attention. Only the Savior of the universe, Jesus my Lord, has power to do this, so it is in Your all powerful name that I ask this, AMEN!
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