WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27
So Ananias departed and entered the house, and after laying his hands on him said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road by which you were coming, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”
Acts 9:17 (NASB)
THE DISRUPTIVE GOSPEL: JESUS CHANGES US
Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratories in Tennessee believe spinach may help cure some forms of blindness. When they extract certain proteins from this deep green vegetable and add them to retinal nerve cells, tests indicate the cells react to light in ways that could give formerly blind people black-and-white vision. As part of photosynthesis, these spinach proteins send an electrical impulse in response to light, which is what is needed for sight as well. To heal Paul from his temporary blindness, God didn’t use spinach; instead, He sent His servant Ananias not only with healing but also with a prophetic message. (Precept Austin)
William Larkin writes that “the most important event in human history apart from the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth is the conversion to Christianity of Saul of Tarsus.” (IVP NT Commentary – Acts) To be converted means to be “turned around.” Saul and all believers are “turned around” by Christ. Saul the persecutor became Paul the preacher.
In his course, Experiencing God, Henry Blackaby has a subtopic called “A Spiritual Inventory.” This is a record of times of transition, decision, or direction when we clearly know that God has guided us. Blackaby calls these “spiritual markers.” Overtime you can look back and clearly see how God has moved in your past. What are some “spiritual markers” in your life when God changed you or your direction in life?
Cole shared that we must exchange our past for God’s promised present and future. Praise God for the exchanges He has made in your life.