By: Darrelyn L. TuttToday's Meditation"And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him the Lord said in a vision, 'Ananias.' And he said, 'Behold, I am here, Lord. And the Lord said unto him, 'Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and inquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus, for behold he prayeth, And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.'Then Ananias answered, 'Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to Thy saints at Jerusalem: And here he hath the authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on Thy name.'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 show him how great things he must suffer for My name's sake.'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. And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized."Acts 9:10-18------Ladder Rung: A910S A and the S are the first and the last letters of Acts.Selection of words to aid in memory:Ananias's Sight.Two men are receiving sight in this passage; the first man is Ananias.9:10 is our reference.At 9:00 AM and at 1:00 PM our meditation will rest on this passage and we will pray that we become the "third man" who receives sight.------God uses simple men and executes divine providences through them;Ananias was one of them.Recorded in Acts 22:11-17 is Paul's account of him:"And when I could not see for the glory of that light, being led by the hand of them that were with me, I came into Damascus. And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law, having a good report of all the Jews which dwelt there, Came unto me and stood, and said unto me, 'Brother Saul, receive thy sight.' And the same hour I looked up upon him. And he said, 'The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know His will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of His mouth. For thou shalt be His witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard. And now, why tarriest thou? Arise and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord."------In Ananias we meet and make a discovery about ourselves:Even the most seasoned of Christians "draws back" and experiences, at times, a fearful and uncertain anxiety about the thing which God has called us to do.Responding with a lack of courage and strength, we remind God of why the "thing" appears impossibly difficult to perform and hope for the duty to be relieved of us."Lord, I have heard by many of this man; how much evil he hath done to Thy saints in Jerusalem. And here he hath the authority from the chief priests to bind all them that call on Thy name."Acts 9:13-14-Bugger and blast when "you're" the chosen man to enter into a "Saul's life" or perform a role that nobody in the world wants.-Bugger and blast when "you're" the one God puts His hand on and selects to fulfill a difficult task or calling.Bugger and blast;But then you finally get past ...That moment.And in that moment a faith is bore and develops into a full fledged activity whereby God and His great power is notably observed.-Praise God for that moment when temporary resistance fades into an internal resurgence of faith in God and who He is.-Praise God for that moment when He blasts away the fear within us and gives us an unstoppable, unquenchable, unquestionable faith and lens to see His sovereignty through.-Praise God for that moment where a monumental small step of obedience is taken, however halting or fearful it may appear, and aligns itself to Him.-----It's not until we take our eyes off of ourselves and place them on Him that we do anything substantial for the Lord.It's not until we choose to trust Him for the impossible that the scales of our own eyes fall off and we see how dimly ... we truly see God.What this season holds for "you" is laden with possibility for the furtherance of the Gospel and the glory of God.Respond obediently, as Ananias did, and take the next step toward your "Saul"And trust the scales to fall ...From your eyes.----- Great and Sovereign Father,Humbly, we beseech Thee for a strength we do not possess to perform a task Thy will has ordained us to perform.Humbly and maybe even, fearfully, request is asked for each small step of obedience to garner Thy favor and aid in taking another.Grant that scales might fall from the eyes,Grant that dimness would fade into a heavenly vision,Whereby the truth, strength, and light of Thy word affords us a glimpse of Thy holiness.Grant mortal eye to realize and see immortal truth.Amen.
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