February 2, 2018: SOAP #2983:  Exodus 33-34; Psalm 16; Acts 9 Scripture:  Acts (NIV) 9:11 The Lord told him [Ananias], “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. 12 In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and […]

February 2, 2018: SOAP #2983:  Exodus 33-34; Psalm 16; Acts 9

Scripture:  Acts (NIV) 9:11 The Lord told him [Ananias], “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. 12 In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.” 13 “Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your saints in Jerusalem. 14 And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.” 15 But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to carry my name before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel. 16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”

Observation:    Ananias was a believer who was probably filled with the Holy Spirit.   He could hear God speak to him, and God was confident that Ananias would obey.   The gift of healing was working in his life.   Yet his evaluation of Saul was completely different from God's.

To Ananias, Saul was not someone to be around.   He was a threat to Ananias, and to the other believers.   Saul was in town for the very purpose of arresting believers.   BUT TO GODto God, Saul was a chosen instrument to spread the truth before leaders of other nations.

Application:    I wonder how many times I have evaluated someone from a selfish perspective rather than from God's perspective.

Prayer:      Holy Spirit, help me to see people as you see them.   Stop me from evaluating people from a fleshly viewpoint; help me to see them for what they can become and what they can do for you! Amen

Pastor Leon
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