Consumed with an insatiable desire for murder, Saul could hardly breathe. O how he hated those who were of, “The Way”. How dare they claim that this, “Jesus Christ” was the Savior of the world! Squinting he looks up to the sky, with sweat running down his face, stinging his eyes, Saul sneers to himself as he recalls that fool “Stephen.” The nerve of Stephen to call Saul and his fellow Sandhedrin, “A stubborn and stiff-necked people!” Didn’t he realize who he was talking too!? Then, for Stephen to fall on his knees with his last breath and ask this, “Lord” to not fix this, “sin” upon them,” was more than Saul could take! With hate and rage coursing through his veins, Saul was driven by a demonic mission to personally see that not one of these so called, “Christians” as they referred to themselves; would be left alive on the face of the Earth, to propagate such blasphemy! However, the darkness of Saul’s soul was no match for, “The Light” that he was about to encounter!
We read about Saul’s dramatic conversion as he steps, “Into The Light” in Acts 9:3-6 (AMP);
“Now as he traveled on, he came near to Damascus, and suddenly a light from Heaven flashed around him,” “And he fell to the ground. Then he heard a voice saying to him, Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me [harassing, troubling, and molesting Me]?” “And Saul said, Who are You, Lord? And He said, I Am Jesus, Whom you are persecuting. It is dangerous and it will turn out badly for you to keep kicking against the goad [to offer vain and perilous resistance].” “Trembling and astonished he asked, Lord, what do You desire me to do? The Lord said to him, But arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
Shocked, Awed and Radically Transformed Saul gets up and steps into Acts 9:8-9 (TPT) a, “New Creation in Christ” as he begins his journey, “Into The Light.”
“Saul stood to his feet, and even though his eyes were open he could see nothing-he was blind. So the men had to take him by the hand and lead him into Damascus.” “For three days he didn’t eat or drink and couldn’t see a thing.”
From a blood thirsty, religious zealot, to an appointed man of God, Saul’s, “Road to Damascus” conversion is undoubtedly one of the greatest accounts of personal salvation that has ever been documented. My friend, this “Highway of Grace” paved with, “The Blood of Jesus Christ” is still a Promised Place of Transformation for each of us today!
Have you had a, “Road to Damascus” conversion and stepped “IntoThe Light”?
If you are a Believer, take a few minutes to reflect back on the moment that you chose to step, “Into The Light”, what was it like to, “see through your spiritual eyes” for the first time?
If you are not a Believer in Jesus Christ, who or what is keeping you from, “Seeing The Light”?
There is a very important nugget of truth hidden in, “plain sight” for us in the previous scripture and that is this, though Saul got up with, “eyes wide open”, he was unable to see, “naturally.” However his, “spiritual sight” was opened and he could clearly “see” into the Spirit. The Holy Spirit then led Saul to fast for a period of three days and nights. During those three days, The Lord started orchestrating and preparing for the Divine Healing of Saul’s eyes, along with the equipping of Saul with the Precious, Priceless Gift of being, “Filled with The Holy Spirit.”
In order to get the job done, God needed one of his trusted disciples to take an obedient and bold step of faith. We meet this mighty man of God in Acts 9:10-18 (AMP) as we read about the seemingly dangerous deployment that The Lord sent him on,
“Now there was in Damascus a disciple named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, Ananias, And he answered, Here am I, Lord.” “And The Lord said to him, Get up and go to the street called Straight and ask at the house of Judas for a man of Tarsus named Saul, for behold, he is praying [there].” “And he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias enter and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight.” “But Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard many people tell about this man, especially how much evil and what great suffering he has brought on your saints at Jerusalem;” “Now he is here and has authority from the high priests to put in chains all who call upon Your Name.” “But The Lord said to him, Go, for this man is a chosen instrument of Mine to bear My name before the Gentiles and Kings and the descendants of Israel.” “For I will make clear to him how much he will be afflicted and must endure and suffer for My name’s sake.” “So Ananias left and went into the house, 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. Then he arose and was baptized.”
This passage of scripture is as much about Ananias as it is about Saul. Here we have a mature disciple of Jesus Christ faced with the hard decision of whether or not to stay, “in the Light” by obeying the instructions of The Lord. You see my friend, Ananias was a conduit for the Power of The Holy Spirit to flow through. The same supernatural wattage of spiritual power that blinded Saul’s eyes on “The Road to Damascus”, resided within Ananias. As a Believer in Jesus Christ, Ananias’ obedience to The Lord was needed to remove the scales (or scabs) from Saul’s eyes as a result of them being, “Cauterized” as he came into contact with The Light of God. This profound act of obedience would simultaneously keep Ananias, “In The Light” as it would fully bring Saul, “Out Of The Dark” and “Into The Light” of his healing and deliverance.
Some of you reading this Word of The Lord right now are an “Ananias” whom God has called and commissioned to reach a, “Saul” on their “Road To Damascus.” My Fellow Believer of The Most High God, don’t let fear, doubt and unbelief keep you “Out of The Light” of your obedience! A literal soul is at stake! Some of you may be in the condition of Saul, waiting patiently “In The Dark” for the “Ananias” that God has revealed to you, to show up with the Healing and Deliverance that you so desperately need in order to fully step, “Into The Light” of your calling. To you The Lord would say,
Isaiah 40:31 (AMP);
“But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.”
Whether we are in the place of “Ananias” or “Saul”, this my friend is how we can, “Be Strong and Live Free….Boldly For Him”, as we See and Soar, “Into The Light”!
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