By: Darrelyn L. TuttToday's Meditation: Acts 9:1-9"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."Acts 9:1-9-----Ladder Rung: A91SA and S are the first and last letters of Acts.Selection of words to aid in memory:Addressing Saul.Christ has His means of addresing his man and "Saul" would be "Paul" enabled.9:1 is our reference.At 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM our meditation will rest on this passage and we will pull it inside of our day.-----The stir of profound words:"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 favor, if God, by the inward working of His grace, or the outward events of His providence, stops us from prosecuting or executing sinful purposes."-Matthew Henry-----The aggressive and assertive man named Saul becomes, in one moment, paralyzed, immobilized, blinded, by the deeper aggression and startling presence of Christ.Assuming full command of the zealous man hell-bent on destroying believers, Christ begins the illumination of a man to bring low the man to repentance.What Saul must have experienced in this one eye-eclipsing, soul rendering, mind wondering moment is anyone's guess but the realization of his powerlessness took firm hold of him.With senses fully engaged and in tune to a world beyond, Saul began his journey upward with the weight of a true conversion experience:-His eyes were blinded by a supernatural light.-His ears were quickened by the voice of truth.-His body trembled in fearful trepidation.-His mind was subject to holy thought.-His soul was altered and a new life began ...For Saul turned Paul,Through conversion.----For three days a state of independence was replaced by a state of need and holy suggestion:God was in control of the affairs and events situated in Saul's life.The time was ripe for revival.-----I cannot say just why it is ... the moment Christ shines His light into our lives and chooses to infuse us with His glory.I cannot say when the light will "appear" that makes us fall to our knees in a state of humility and true confession.I cannot say anything but ...God be praised when the moment occurs.For illumination of Christ experienced in our sin-darkened moments, either upon the point of salvation or in the midst of an ongoing work of sanctification, there is nothing to do but behold with silent awe and wonder the mystery of Christ made manifest.There is nothing to do but assert the words of Saul,"Lord, what wilt Thou have me to do?"And when He has told you what you are to do ... do it fearlessly, openly, intentionally, and boldly;Do it all in the name of the Lord.Let none rob you of that precious grace, Christ alone, has the power to extend you.Hold sweetly and tightly to each providential grace that affords you a tighter "hold" of the Almighty.Tell strongly and declare emphatically the hope to be found in Christ alone.Be zealous for He who saved you and preserved you for greater things.Hold confidently and walk ardently with He who justifies, solidifies, and qualifies the soul.-----For three days Saul understood his inner darkness and felt the weight of his darkened soul ... but in three days he was revived:Saul turned Paul ...Made free and whole.-----Great, Immortal, and holy God,For moments that catch us off guard and deliver us a deeper look at Thy holiness we give Thee thanks.For moments that afford us a look at the darkness of our own souls but secure us to an illumination of Thy greater grace, we offer Thee thanks.Let this day a holy illumination in some form be granted us of Thy personal presence.Let Thy light surround, invade, and permeate the interior of our souls.For light and life and all that Thy holiness does afford,We offer Thee thanksgiving and praise.Let us experience the living, breathing, life impacting change called conversion ongoing in our lives.To Thee be all glory.Amen.
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