Acts Chapter 9 

40 Days of FIRE – Day 9

Day 9: Acts Ch.9. Saul, a Jewish Pharisee who is passionately persecuting Christians, has a dramatic encounter with the risen Savior while on the road to Damascus. We also read the story of Tabitha being raised to life by Peter. Pray for the church to grow physically, spiritually, and emotionally, and for others to be compelled to change because of our example.

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Acts 9

And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,

And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.

And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:

And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?

And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.

And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.

And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus.

And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.

10 And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord.

11 And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth,

12 And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.

13 Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem:

14 And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name.

15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:

16 For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake.

17 And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.

18 And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.

19 And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus.

20 And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.

21 But all that heard him were amazed, and said; Is not this he that destroyed them which called on this name in Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent, that he might bring them bound unto the chief priests?

22 But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ.

23 And after that many days were fulfilled, the Jews took counsel to kill him:

24 But their laying await was known of Saul. And they watched the gates day and night to kill him.

25 Then the disciples took him by night, and let him down by the wall in a basket.

26 And when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and believed not that he was a disciple.

27 But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus.

28 And he was with them coming in and going out at Jerusalem.

29 And he spake boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus, and disputed against the Grecians: but they went about to slay him.

30 Which when the brethren knew, they brought him down to Caesarea, and sent him forth to Tarsus.

31 Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.

32 And it came to pass, as Peter passed throughout all quarters, he came down also to the saints which dwelt at Lydda.

33 And there he found a certain man named Aeneas, which had kept his bed eight years, and was sick of the palsy.

34 And Peter said unto him, Aeneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole: arise, and make thy bed. And he arose immediately.

35 And all that dwelt at Lydda and Saron saw him, and turned to the Lord.

36 Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did.

37 And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died: whom when they had washed, they laid her in an upper chamber.

38 And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent unto him two men, desiring him that he would not delay to come to them.

39 Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them.

40 But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up.

41 And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive.

42 And it was known throughout all Joppa; and many believed in the Lord.

43 And it came to pass, that he tarried many days in Joppa with one Simon a tanner.

53 thoughts on “Acts Chapter 9 

  1. 2 and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem.

    THE WAY

    The people of the THE WAY. What an adequate name for a movement, considering the fact that Jesus said himself, “I AM (the Hebrew name of God) THE WAY, the truth and the life”

    I AM was forbidden by the high priest to be mentioned. It was known to the Jews as the name of God. I was against Jewish Law to speak or mention those two words.

    This is why Jesus was sot after to be stoned, for saying he was GOD in the flesh.

  2. And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem. And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
    Acts 9:1‭-‬4 KJV

    I have heard people argue that others can’t be wrong in their beliefs because they are so sincere in their devotion and service to God, because they live such good lives and do so much good for God and others. Saul is the perfect example of someone who is sincerely and zealously serving God. He has devoted his life to beliefs and doctrines and to service to Jehovah. With great zeal, he defends what he believes to be true.

    However, the sincerity of believers does not prove the integrity of their doctrine. Saul’s life and conversion show us that it is possible to be sincerely wrong (sincerely serving God in a wrong way or according to false beliefs). History is full of people who have sincerely served a lie. The only test of Truth is the whole Word of God.

    Though Saul had Scripture, he lacked the revelation given by the Spirit to properly discern that the whole of Holy Writ spoke of Jesus. Like many then and now, people have a habit of isolating sections of the Bible and creating doctrines supported by those sections. Then they wholeheartedly proclaim those doctrines and are believed because of their devotion. We must be careful not to be the same way. By the Spirit, we must learn to rightly divide the Word in such a way that unifies the whole Book around One God, the Mighty God in Christ, and one salvation message, being born of water and Spirit.

    Because of Saul’s sincerity, however, God opened the eyes of his understanding so that he could plainly see and proclaim Jesus in every verse. Moreover, having seen the correct interpretation of the Word, he immediately arose and was baptized in Jesus name and in Spirit. We must trust that God knows every heart and that He will similarly lead others who are sincerely wrong to a full knowledge of the saving Gospel of Truth.

  3. Verse 22 MSG “But their suspicions didn’t slow Saul down for even a minute. His momentum was up now and he plowed straight into the opposition, disarming the Damascus Jews and trying to show them that this Jesus was the Messiah.” Same verse AMP “But Saul increased in strength more and more, and continued to perplex the Jews who lived in Damascus by examining [theological evidence] and proving [with Scripture] that this Jesus is the Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed).” We must not allow this world to slow us down or make us question anything; but, rather show the love of God through example and truth through the word of God.

  4. 10 And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord.
    11 And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth,
    12 And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.
    13 Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem

    While God would have definitely find another way to reach Saul, what if annanias had not listened to God for fear of what Saul would do. He would have missed out on an opportunity to reach one of the pivotal men in history because of fear. There Bible says he was fearful of what Saul would do to him, but he obeyed God anyhow. We have to learn to get out of our comfort zone to reach someone, to reach people that no one else may want.

  5. 9:6 And he trembling and astonished said: Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.
    ————
    One on one experience with Jesus and everything changed ….
    marrocoulesly things were not the same anymore, “total submission” total surrender to Jesus, to this doctrine, the only truth.the only God.

  6. Acts8:17 (English Amp) So Amanias left and went into the honer.And he laid his
    Hands on Saul and said, Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, Who appeared to you along the way by which you came here, has sent me that you may recover your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit. And instantly something like scales fell from [ Saul’s]
    Eyes, and he recovered his sight. And then he arose and was baptized.In this so
    Amazing want the Lord can do. This isn’t nothing that he can’t do. He open up blind eyes, cast out demons, cause the blind to see. Praise the Lord. I bless you in the name of Jesus.

  7. 13 Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem:
    14 And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name.
    15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:

    TALKING ABOUT LEAVING YOUR COMFORTZONE!
    Who said that it would be easy?

  8. One of the most well known disciples is Paul. The Lord said he will suffer great things for His namesake. What I love so much is that before his conversion Saul was well known of the Scripture and the law. He was so dedicated. And so even with that foundation when God revealed Himself as Jesus Christ to Saul and he was changed to Paul every prophesy, every scripture, everything lined up. Everything he had studied and already known matched up with the ministry and life of Jesus Christ being the Messiah, the One that fulfilled the Word. Hallelujah!

  9. 21. All who heard him were amazed. “Isn’t this the same man who caused such devastation among Jesus’ followers in Jerusalem?” they asked. “And didn’t he come here to arrest them and take them in chains to the leading priests?” NLT

    God is still a God of second chances!
    There are so many testimonies today that go like: “Isn’t that the man that used to stay drunk all the time?”, or “Isn’t that the man that used to abuse his family?”, or “Isn’t that the man that used to say church was a bunch of lies?”…the greater the turn-around, the more obvious it is that it had to be God!

  10. 15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:
    16 For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake.
    17 And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.
    18 And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.

  11. 21 But all that heard him were amazed, and said; Is not this he that destroyed them which called on this name in Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent, that he might bring them bound unto the chief priests?

    Isn’t it amazing when God pulls the most unexpected move?! The most unlikely man is the one He chose and called. This is why we can’t judge or assume Gods plan for someone. Sometimes it even happens subconsciously when we look at someone and think, nah they don’t need or want God. Well maybe they don’t think they want Him, but they are the one God is reaching for. It’s no coincidence that they would come to church or cross your path – God has a purpose!

  12. Acts 9:39-41
    39 Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them.
    40 But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up.
    41 And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive.

  13. Acts 9

    7 And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.

    Ananias trusted God and in his obedience to Gods voice to go right into the presence of the man who had been persecuting Christians. Ananias went with boldness and the in the strength of the Holy Ghost. Because of his obedience Saul is filled with the Holy Ghost. God is calling us to be bold and to walk iup to those who oppose truth . He will give us the strength.

    1Samuel 17:45
    New Living Translation
    David replied to the Philistine, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of Heaven’s Armies–the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.

    Be bold ! Be strong the Lord our God is with thee!

  14. iLove the Kingdom

    3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:

    Believe it or not, there are alot of evil people out there that are just waiting for the “light” to come on. Jesus is the Light of the World and He can change anyone who is willing to change. Saul would become Paul and would later write most of the New Testament. Who is out there just waiting for the light? I pray God would lead us to people who want to change but just dont know how.

  15. “But the Lord said, “Go, for Saul is my chosen instrument to take my message to the Gentiles and to kings, as well as to the people of Israel. And I will show him how much he must suffer for my name’s sake.””
    ‭‭Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭9:15-16‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    No matter what our past or reputation say God still has a plan for us. And it may not be what we expect but God has a plan. His ways and thoughts are higher than ours.

  16. And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do. But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.
    Acts 9:4‭-‬6‭, ‬15‭, ‬20 KJV
    GOD USed persecutest Saul to do great things he was bind but after 3day his eye was open and received the Holy Ghost and was baptized this tell me GOD can’t not used until your receive the Holy Ghost and be born again why because you not able to connect because you still in the Flash but when the flash dies and you been was by the blood GOD can begin to is you
    GOD used Saul if continue to read you see that some of the people who are afraid of him because he killed everybody who was Christian so when Saul stat to talk about the good I believe the look at him crazy but this time Saul had the holy ghost and been baptized that means he had power
    This goes back to what sister Bower in single class. was talking about yesterday reaching others she was telling us how simple it was
    you just got to be Blode . And that happen when we get the the holy ghost GOD gave us power it should encourage us to want to reach others for people like Saul that might be blinded by the truth Saul was bind by the truth. GOD though Saul was worth died for so he sacrificed his life . 🎶🎶🎶he thought I was worth dieing for so you sacrificed your life so I can be free so I could be whole so I can tell everyone I know🎶🎶🎶🎶

  17. Acts 9:17-18, 33-35. & 39-442
    17) And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.
    18) And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.

    33) And there he found a certain man named Aeneas, which had kept his bed eight years, and was sick of the palsy.
    34) And Peter said unto him, Aeneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole: arise, and make thy bed. And he arose immediately.
    35) And all that dwelt at Lydda, and Saron saw him, and turned to the Lord.

    39) Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them.
    40) But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up.
    41) And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive.
    42) And it was known throughout all Joppa; and many believed in the Lord.

    Thank You JESUS that lives are still being changed, souls are still being saved, and miracles are still taking place today.
    It’s all about HIS KINGDOM!

  18. 18 And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.

    Does anyone else remember this feeling or am I the only one that felt like everything was brighter and clearer? I can remember it like it was yesterday. I wasn’t sure if such things were able to happen but I was willing to give it a shot. The message preached that day was “what really matters to Jesus” then throughout the message he did a little preaching and did a little teaching on prayer. If it wasn’t for prayer I wouldn’t be here still today.
    What matters to Jesus is your faithfulness
    Your prayer life
    Fasting
    Staying strong in the Word
    Not only do they strengthen you but they strengthen you for the Kingdom of God so you can be a witness to the lost and when they have questions you’ll have answers.
    Spiritual answers because you prayed
    Answers that will help them get over the fleshly desires because you fasted
    Answers about the Gospel and The power of God from reading the Word.

    Go be Blessed today, share the Word and encourage someone today with Jesus!

  19. 4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?

    5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

    6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.

    Every now and then we need a Paul type of experience. One were God stops us in our tracks and requires something of us. It is these type of experiences that we never forget and alter our lives course. These type of experiences change us forever and our lives on the path that God wants us to be on.

  20. 15 But the Lord said, “Go, for Saul is my chosen instrument to take my message to the Gentiles and to kings, as well as to the people of Israel. 16 And I will show him how much he must suffer for my name’s sake.”

    There are times even in my own life when I can’t believe that I’m doing “this” for the kingdom. The thoughts of “don’t they remember who I am?!”. The enemy will like nothing more than play your past in your mind all the while hoping you will get distracted and stop.

    When Jesus is patiently waiting and proclaiming, you are valued.

    “The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.” Jeremiah 31:3

    For we serve a God who loves us more than we imagine, He knows the potential of each and every one of us withhold.

    Don’t allow the past forgiven sins to hinder you from striving in the Kingdom of God.

  21. 16 For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake.

    To crucify the flesh does not feel good but what comes afterwards is worth it!!!

  22. 6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.

    Atomdinished: to render immovable, amazement.
    Have you ever been in the presence of God and felt His presence so powerfully that you were rendered immovable? It’s in moments like that where I stand before Him amazed that He would take someone like me and use me for His Kingdom, that he would take someone like me and allow me to feel His presence in such a way.

    13 Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem:

    14 And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name.

    15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:

    We must not limit God by our faith.
    Ananias was at first afraid to go and minister to Saul, because he was hesitant to believe that Saul had really changed. His hesitancy was understandable, after all Saul was know for persecuting believers. But because Ananias obeyed God, Saul was changed to Paul and became a mighty man of God. We must first learn to not limit God, and then not to limit people to their past, and simply just obey God and follow His lead, even when it leads to difficult people and places!

  23. 39 Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them.
    40 But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up.
    41 And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive.
    God desires to use each and every one of us for His glory. Just as Peter served Jesus alone and put aside the things of this world so he could be a holy and consecrated vessel to be used of God; we must do the same. If we are a holy and consecrated vessel unto God; the world will see Jesus through us. He will receive all of the glory, honor and praise. We cannot be a light shining forth to this dark world if we are darkened by it ourselves.

  24. One of the more dramatic aspects of the testimony of a new convert is the change that God makes in such a short period of time. Regardless of how long they may have struggled with things in their life, it seems that God makes it possible almost overnight. Things they claimed to never have had an influence over them are cast aside. Things their old friends thought they’d never adhere to become new pillars in their life. Those friends cannot help but notice that something has changed and want to know how this is possible.

    Even the believers were astounded by the changes in Paul. His testimony could not have been more clear as to who had brought about the change in his life and he was not afraid or ashamed to share that testimony to all who would hear. This is who I was, this is what I was doing, this was my intent, and then God stepped in and showed me his desire… a desire so contrary to my own.

    Change is powerful! God’s change is powerful with everlasting consequences! We want his hand upon our life. We want him to change anything within that would keep us from our eternal reward. That change makes a powerful difference in our own life and it doesn’t have to end there… our testimony of what God has done can be the impetus that brings about a change in another’s life as well! As we go changed, let us look forward to sharing what God has done in our lives that his loving work would impact many souls!

  25. 15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:

    I wonder how many people like Saul /Paul are in Fort Worth? People that we would never think about serving the Lord. God has someone to reach every tribe, every nation, every people. Let’s not be afraid to share the gospel with everyone regardless of race, age, color, creed.

    The one we talk to might be the chosen vessel God has been waiting for to turn to Him.

  26. I Love To Worship The Lord
    vs-34
    Peter said to him Aeneas Jesus Christ has healed you get up and make your bed And he was healed instantly.
    Praise God we see that in the Pencostals Of Fort Worth. I belive we will being seeing these healing more and more PRAISE GOD

  27. THY KINGDOM COME
    SUDDENLY

    3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:
    4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
    5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
    6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.

    FAITH should rise as we rehearse the testimonies of our gracious GOD. People in our society much like Saul are determined to persecute the church. However, when The Kingdom of GOD is manifest among us we will see very similar demonstrations and conversions of the lost.

    We should expect to witness demonstrations as such in the last days as we Seek FIRST the Kingdom of GOD. It is likely to occur at The POFW just like it did in Jerusalem on Pentecost.

    Acts 2:2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

    As we continue to focus our Energy, Faith and Resources (Time, Talent, Treasure) we should expect to witness people who are SUDDENLY overtaken by the Power, Love and Grace of GOD.

    iRepent
    iPraise
    iPray
    iWork
    iGive
    iReap
    iBlessYouInTheNameOfTheLordJESUS

  28. NLT 18 Instantly something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he got up and was baptized. 19 Afterward he ate some food and regained his strength.

    I like the word ‘Instantly’ here. No matter what your past is, with the power of the Holy Ghost or baptism, you are ‘instantly’ cleansed. You are now a member of the Lord’s army. You instantly feel the change in your spirit and mind. You are ready to follow God and grow spiritually.

  29. hen had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.

  30. How do you answer?

    Saul answered: “who are you?” Ananias answered: “I am here.” Can we recognize the voice of the Lord when he has something to say to us? Some people claim to hear an audible voice of the Lord; I am not one of those people. I have urges, thoughts and leadings that I have learned through experience the Lord is speaking to me. I can remember learning to discern the Lord calling versus my own desires. It can be tricky but as long as we keep His Kingdom in mind first, we are generally on the correct side.

  31. 13 Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem:

    14 And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name.

    15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:

    16 For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake.

    When God says GO we must GO! I think that at times we know what we see and hear of a person, but we never know what that person is dealing with, Saul was a killer of the believers, and he didn’t care about throwing them in the prison, and people knew the things he was and capable of doing to them, But God had other plans, Saul had an experience with God that changed his life and his perspective on the things he was doing, but people were scared of him and still judged him for the Saul they knew not the New Saul. But God isn’t interested in our opinion or our feelings, when he says GO…GO!
    iblessyouinthenameoftheLordJesus

  32. Jesus told Saul to go to Jerusalem and someone will tell him what to do. So we just have to trust in God and let him take the wheel. God will never fail us but only if you believe in him.

  33. 31 Then the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied.

  34. Jesus spoked to Saul and as saul did what was told people doubted him. In life people will doubt you. But you have to understand you will suffer in his name. He gave his life up for us . we should be willing to give it up for him.

  35. Acts 9:27 Invest To Empower

    Barnabas let no opportunity escape to add value to others, and his greatest single contribution in terms of empowerment can be seen in his
    interaction with Paul. He believed in Paul before anyone else did he endures pause leadership to other leaders. He and powered Paul to reach his potential. To be an empowering leader, you must do more than believe in emerging leaders. You need to take steps to help them become the leaders they have the potential to be. You must invest in them if you want to empower them to become their best. Empowering people takes a energy and time. But it’s worth the price. If you do it right, you will have the privilege of seeing someone move up to a higher level. And when you Empower others, you create power in your organization.

    Barnabas took Paul and brought him to the apostles, and he declared to them how he had seen the Lord on the road, and that he has spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus acts 9:27

    We must be Bold in the Holy Ghost to reach the Lost !

  36. Not everyone who cross your path is for you. It is important to abide in the will of God and not allow the enemy to bring you down. If we put God first everything else will fall into place.

  37. “And immediately he began preaching about Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is indeed the Son of God!” All who heard him were amazed. “Isn’t this the same man who caused such devastation among Jesus’ followers in Jerusalem?” they asked. “And didn’t he come here to arrest them and take them in chains to the leading priests?” Saul’s preaching became more and more powerful, and the Jews in Damascus couldn’t refute his proofs that Jesus was indeed the Messiah.”
    ‭‭Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭9:20-22‬ ‭NLT‬‬

  38. 6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.
    It is amazing to me that while the Lord is talking to Saul, He gives him instructions to go into the city and somebody else will tell him what to do (to be saved). God desires to use men & women to share the gospel truth. Saul was ready to hear the plan of salvation when Ananias came to where he was. May the Lord prepare more hearts to receive His truth and use us to bring it to them!!!!

  39. 13 Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem:
    14 And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name.
    15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:

    We need to be careful how we view people. What we see is not what God sees. Who we may think to be hopeless and beyond despair; beyond help is who God could very well be raising up to do mighty works in His name. Be careful and judge not. As Mathew says: “Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.” Praise God for He is awesome and beyond measure!

  40. 3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:
    4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
    5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
    6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.
    7 And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.

    Saul is an amazing story of how God desires to transform each of us. Notice that the light from heaven shined and Saul fell to the earth, heard the voice, and asked: “what wilt thou have me to do?” Saul was willing to be humble, listen, and obey. Many people are not transformed because they miss one of these three things. They are either not willing to humble themselves, listen, obey His instruction.

    I believe this same thing holds true throughout our walk with God. God is continually sending His Word into our lives giving us the opportunity to receive revelation but we must be willing to humble ourselves, listen, and obey His voice.

  41. All who heard him were amazed. “Isn’t this the same man who caused such devastation among Jesus’ followers in Jerusalem?” they asked. “And didn’t he come here to arrest them and take them in chains to the leading priests?”
    Acts of the Apostles 9:21 NLT
    https://bible.com/bible/116/act.9.21.NLT

    This is just a testimony if Great our God is. He can take the worst of us and transform them to use them for His Kingdom. We all have a past and in that past we were not the greatest of people but one day there was an encounter with Him and we haven’t bin the same since. Now His Spirit is in us and those around us can see the difference. That is a testimony in itself. We can show what God can do with our lives.

  42. Josiah: God is not a respector of persons. It is not our place to judge others but to be a light to them. Many people may have considered Saul an absolute enemy to the church. Yet, it was this same Saul that God used to preach His gospel. We all can be used by God in the ministry though. Many times God used people who this world would not imagine being used to be greatly used. This is because God sees inside of us. Saul had a purpose and God saw his potential and God directed Saul’s purpose to be for the Kingdom. So, let us GO KINGDOM MINDED and make sure we are always seeking first the kingdom of God!

  43. By healing the blind man, Jesus silenced His opposition. When they questioned the man who was healed, he could only declare the result. “Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I do know: that though I was blind , now I can see” Jesus practice the law of Victory!!!
    Big or small miracles, God has heal and we must testify and give God the honor and glory. We have to let the world know that who our God is.

    40 days of 🔥Fire
    5 New 🚌 Bus Kids, Thursday outreach
    Enlarge our territory Jesus!

  44. 5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

    Sometimes we keep kicking no matter how hard it is for us to kick against the pricks…

  45. 15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:

    This was Jesus killing two birds with one stone. He is giving Saul, the revelation of who He is, converting him to Paul, and giving Ananias the revelation that Jesus wants to save even the worst those who persecute the church. This blinding revelation was undeniable and the Saul that was zealous to persecute the church became one of the greatest catalysts to spread the gospel from nation to nation. Now Ananias had to accept the fact God wanted to do great things through this man Saul and help him get there without hardening his heart. We can’t get upset when God uses some one else, instead we can encourage them and stay prepared in season and out of season that we may too be used for his will.

  46. Life changing events

    “But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake.”
    ‭‭Acts‬ ‭9:15-16‬ ‭KJV‬‬

    He was know by all to be one way. When God stepped in he completely changed to corse of his life. Everyone knew his reputation and they all had to relearn who he was. God can change anyone’s future in an instant. Things that are “destiny” can be rewritten. Old things can be made new. Thank you Jesus that you changed my life in an instant!

  47. 41 And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive.

    42 And it was known throughout all Joppa; and many believed in the Lord.

    The miracles are to show the great power of God to the unbelievers and by that they may turn to the Lord.

  48. 1 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,

    2 And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.

    3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:

    4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?

    5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

    6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.

    7 And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.

    8 And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus.

    9 And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.

    So ill informed was Saul, that he thought he ought to do all he could against the name of Christ, and that he did God service thereby; he seemed to breathe in this as in his element. Let us not despair of renewing grace for the conversion of the greatest sinners, nor let such despair of the pardoning mercy of God for the greatest sin. It is a signal token of Divine favour, if God, by the inward working of his grace, or the outward events of his providence, stops us from prosecuting or executing sinful purposes. Saul saw that Just One, Acts 22:14 and Acts 26:13. How near to us is the unseen world! It is but for God to draw aside the veil, and objects are presented to the view, compared with which, whatever is most admired on earth is mean and contemptible. Saul submitted without reserve, desirous to know what the Lord Jesus would have him to do. Christ’s discoveries of himself to poor souls are humbling; they lay them very low, in mean thoughts of themselves. For three days Saul took no food, and it pleased God to leave him for that time without relief. His sins were now set in order before him; he was in the dark concerning his own spiritual state, and wounded in spirit for sin. When a sinner is brought to a proper sense of his own state and conduct, he will cast himself wholly on the mercy of the Saviour, asking what he would have him to do. God will direct the humbled sinner, and though he does not often bring transgressors to joy and peace in believing, without sorrows and distress of conscience, under which the soul is deeply engaged as to eternal things, yet happy are those who sow in tears, for they shall reap in joy.

  49. And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

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