18 Apr 2020
Good Saturday Morning! Our reading today is Acts chapters 9 and 10. Chapter 9 is about Saul’s (Paul) conversion. Paul was a zealous man who thought he was doing God’s will by killing and putting Christian’s in jail. He was always threatening the followers of Jesus and he was eager to kill them. He got orders from the high priest, Caiaphas to go to Damascus and arrest all the followers of Jesus. Most of us know the story about his encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus. Like Paul, at times we can be zealous thinking we are doing what God wants us to do, but in reality we are far from it. To fully understand God’s will and plan, we need to spend time in His word. As the story goes Sail is blinded by the sight of Jesus majesty. Saul stays in Damascus for three days and God calls on Ananias to go Saul and heal his blindness. Now, Ananias was out of his comfort zone, he knew who Saul was and what he was doing. But, he trusted God and took a leap of faith. You know many times God calls us to do things out of our comfort zone. We need take the example of Ananias and trust God and take the leap of faith. If you read through the Old Testament there is many examples of people who stepped out in faith. You can also read Hebrews chapter 11 to see people who step out in faith. Remember what Hebrews 11:6 says….
“And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.”
Hebrews 11:6 NLT
The rest of our reading has Peter healing Aeneas, who was paralyzed for eight year, and raising Dorcas, who helped many in Joppa, from the dead. The chapter ends with Peter and Cornelius which opened the doors of the gospel to the Gentile world. As you can see just in these two chapters how mighty the early church was. I have a challenge for everyone…..when God calls you to step out of your comfort zone, step out with all faith and joy knowing that God is with you and guiding you.
Until tomorrow y’all have a great day and may God bless you with peace, joy, and happiness!