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Hello my name is Jerral Campfield and this web site is dedicated to Moral Recognition Therapy using Biblical principles. Please come back often to join me in understanding Gods hands are outstretched still to forgive.

Acts 23:1-35 Power of Persuading
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Saturday, 05 November 2016

Here we are seeing Paul giving those who are questioning his citizen ship a picture of what he seeing going on and has a chance to persuade them to follow the Lord which was and is good news for all.
Acts 23:1-35 (NKJV)
1  Then Paul, looking earnestly at the council, said, "Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day." Here we see Paul is very stern looking at them right in the face. Calling them brethren, some one just like him. So wanted them to know how he really felt as some one that was doing all God wanted him to do since his conversion and he was not about to change the way, truth and life the Lord had now given a newness what God expected.
2  And the high priest Ananias commanded those who stood by him to strike him on the mouth. What a surprise this most of been for here he had already told them he was a Jew and what he had received from the Lord at his conversion and a Religious leader commanded some one to strike him on the mouth. What a act of deviants, for Paul was not being sarcastic but very open to them and the High Priest did not like his commitment to the Lord. Remember what they did to the King of the Jews, Jesus; they spit and struck him not only on the face, but His body, till it was marred more than any other body. Satan does not like people that stand up against the wrongs of government, or even wrongs with in the Church. Lord help us to now how to accept opposition to the way, truth and life taught to us by the Lord
3  Then Paul said to him, "God will strike you, you whitewashed wall! For you sit to judge me according to the law, and do you command me to be struck contrary to the law?" Paul did not keep silent but he spoke with anger I am sure for here they were suppose to be godly and did the most ugly thing possible to Paul. Notice how he condemned what they did as they were judging him and that was against the law and Paul knew it, so his outrage was demeaning to them and made them madder yet.
4  And those who stood by said, "Do you revile God's high priest?" What’s the matter with you Paul are you better than the High Priest, so the mob mentality set in and Satan was having a field day.
5  Then Paul said, "I did not know, brethren, that he was the high priest; for it is written, 'You shall not speak evil of a ruler of your people.' " Right away Paul knew what they accused him of and wanted them to know he was all for the High Priest and should not be speaking evil of them. So immediately reminded them of who he was.
6  But when Paul perceived that one part were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, "Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee; concerning the hope and resurrection of the dead I am being judged!" Paul knew the Sadducee practiced the ancient Jewish party that ruled and accepted the law and rejected the oral law that the Pharisees practiced. Paul was quick to remind them, I am a Pharisee, one that practices the written law as a Jew and the law written by God on the cross. So here Paul was using the wisdom to lift up the Gospel of Grace and divide the opposition present. Paul was a descendant of generations of Pharisees and was putting to practice what he was taught at his conversion. For know he no longer was persecuting Christians but was united with them.
7  And when he had said this, a dissension arose between the Pharisees and the Sadducees; and the assembly was divided. So here we see the Lord will is being done and the Pharisees and Sadducees are now divided, and Paul is able to continue on with his reason for doing what he is doing.
8  For Sadducees say that there is no resurrection--and no angel or spirit; but the Pharisees confess both. Paul is showing he is aware of who theses Sadducees are and what they believe, and it is God did not send His Son Jesus to come and show us how to live a life of victory and was tried and sentenced to die on a cross, then was buried in a grave, but after three day resurrected and they did not want to accept this, but hung on to the law and how it was to be obeyed. The spirit of God and angels of God were not real and needed to be doubted and not trusted. But the Pharisees confessed to Jesus coming and living a life of victory over sins addictions and Jesus died and rose again from the grave to live in us.
9  Then there arose a loud outcry. And the scribes of the Pharisees' party arose and protested, saying, "We find no evil in this man; but if a spirit or an angel has spoken to him, let us not fight against God." Sure enough what Paul said made the Pharisees rally around Paul and could not find any fault in what Paul said or stood for. So they said let’s not fight against God for there is no evil in Paul statements.
10  Now when there arose a great dissension, the commander, fearing lest Paul might be pulled to pieces by them, commanded the soldiers to go down and take him by force from among them, and bring him into the barracks. This did not stop the dissension it only became more heated and ready to kill Paul right on the spot and instead had the soldiers take him by force into the barracks.
11  But the following night the Lord stood by him and said, "Be of good cheer, Paul; for as you have testified for Me in Jerusalem, so you must also bear witness at Rome." Thank the Lord His hands are extended to Paul and speaks to him to be of good cheer for you have testified of Me, where ever you have gone since your conversion. So I will be with you even as you go to Rome.
12  And when it was day, some of the Jews banded together and bound themselves under an oath, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul. What hate is shown to Paul as they still wanted to Kill him and even vowed to themselves by taking an pledge or oath to do so or they would not eat of drink till Paul was killed.
13  Now there were more than forty who had formed this conspiracy. Here we see forty who are bent on taking Paul’s life.
14  They came to the chief priests and elders, and said, "We have bound ourselves under a great oath that we will eat nothing until we have killed Paul. Here they go to the chief priest and elders showing they really meant to kill Paul as they promised themselves to do. Man some time is so defiant but God knows how to intervene.  
15  Now you, therefore, together with the council, suggest to the commander that he be brought down to you tomorrow, as though you were going to make further inquiries concerning him; but we are ready to kill him before he comes near."
15  Now you, therefore, together with the council, suggest to the commander that he be brought down to you tomorrow, as though you were going to make further inquiries concerning him; but we are ready to kill him before he comes near." Here they where in control and wanted the council to get those in control of Paul to make sure what every they where going to do, yet they were going to Kill Paul.16  So when Paul's sister's son heard of their ambush, he went and entered the barracks and told Paul. Thank the Lord He always steps in for His chosen and Paul’s sisters son is aware of what is going to happen according to Paul’s enemies.
17  Then Paul called one of the centurions to him and said, "Take this young man to the commander, for he has something to tell him." Paul is still showing his God is able to deliverer him and calls the Centurions to him and says this young man has something to say to the commander in chief.
18  So he took him and brought him to the commander and said, "Paul the prisoner called me to him and asked me to bring this young man to you. He has something to say to you." Here we are seeing communication at it best and the concern became known to the commander and many times it is so important we learn how to wait upon the Lords timing.

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Christians Civil Duty
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Friday, 28 October 2016

This is a copy of how I feel about what is going on in America that is from "Wall Builders" that I liked.

“Christian Citizenship Sunday”: How Can Have Maximum Patriotic Impact” Matt. 22:15-21 Turn with me to Matt. 22:15-21. Stand, Read, Pray. On July 4, 1776, in Philadelphia, our Founding Fathers signed a document declaring our independence from the tyranny of those who would enslave the minds, the souls, the lives of men. But what many Americans don’t realize is that with the same document, we not only declared our independence from Great Britain, we just as strongly declared our dependence upon Almighty God. For the Declaration of Independence begins by proclaiming that we are subject only to the “laws of nature and nature’s God.” 1 Do you remember how it ends? It ends with these words: “With a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.” Do you know what the word reliance means? It means dependence. The signers of the Declaration were staking everything on God watching over them and seeing them through in their struggle for freedom: “With a firm reliance upon the protection of Divine Providence.” 2 Hear this statement well: Our Founding Fathers did not believe in the separation of God from government. They believed that this nation was founded by God, protected by God, preserved by God, and prospered by God. It all depends on God! And based on that belief, they were willing to pledge their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor. They put it all on the line. Of those fifty-six men who signed the Declaration of Independence, nine died of wounds or hardships during the war. Five were captured and imprisoned, and in each case subjected to torture. Several lost wives, children or entire families. One lost his thirteen children. Two wives were brutalized by the British. All were at one time or another victims of manhunts and driven from their homes. Twelve signers had their homes completely burned. Seventeen lost everything they owned. Indeed these men not only pledged but gave their lives, and their fortunes, and not one went back on his sacred honor. 3 Because of the blessing of God, the nation they sacrificed so much to help found has become the greatest nation on earth and the envy of the world, and is still intact for us to enjoy after 234 years and may God continue to bless America. That brings us to you and me, here and now. If these Patriots willingly laid it all on the line for this nation, don’t you think we should do more than simply sing patriotic songs, remember the fallen, and wave the flag? I think so. Not only that, but Jesus said so. Look at our text (Matt. 22:15-21): The religious leaders were trying to trap Jesus on the issue of paying taxes, but Jesus turned the tables on them. He asked them for a coin, and then asked whose portrait and inscription was stamped on it. They replied: “Caesar’s.” Jesus responded: “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s” (v. 21). His point: All citizens—including His followers—are obligated to support their government. Unlike citizens of the Roman Empire, Americans are blessed to have, as Abraham Lincoln put it, a “government of the people, by the people, and for the people.” 4 Have you noticed that the original parchment of the Constitution begins “We the People” in big, bold letters? The bottom line: Our form of government requires our active involvement. How can we “give to Caesar what is Caesar’s” in America today? Well I want to mention 5 things that every Christian ought to give his/her government, 5 things that every Christian can do to have maximum patriotic impact as we think about what that meant then, what it means now, and what it means to you and me personally. First… 1. SEEK GOD FOR YOUR GOVERNMENT Paul encourages: “I urge then first of all that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth” (1Tim. 2:1-4). Notice Paul says: “First of all,” not secondly, thirdly, fourthly, but first of all we are to pray for everybody in general, but then specifically we are to pray for our elected leaders: our President, our Congressmen, our Senators, Judges, our Governors, our Mayors, our Councilmen, Commissioners, our Law Enforcement officials, etc.—for all who have a place of authority. We don’t pray that they would continue in their wickedness, but we do pray that God would give them wisdom--wisdom to lead our nation according to the Judeo-Christian principles this nation was founded upon. “The heart of the King is in the hand of the Lord; He directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases” (Prov. 21:1). Above all we pray that they would come to know Christ and be saved (v 4). That is really the only way our nation will be changed is through the Gospel. It is only through a relationship with Jesus as Lord that our elected officials will lead in such a way that we will be able to live “peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness” (v 2). Bottom line: The future of America does not depend on the people in the State House, the Court House, the Houses of Congress or the White House, but on people in the Church House, it rests on you and on me. That is 2 Chron. 7:14. The Bible says, "If my people who are called by my name…” So God’s people must humble ourselves, God’s people must seek His face, God’s people must turn from sin to biblical righteousness before God will be disposed to hear our prayer, forgive our sin, and heal our land. We must pray. Unfortunately, the times are desperate but the church is not. We need to cry out to the Lord on behalf of our nation and its leadership, and get desperate before the Lord. Not “now I lay me down to sleep” kind of prayer. Not “Good food, good meat, good Lord, let’s eat” kind of prayer. But prayer that lines up with the will of God, prayer that reaches the heart of God, prayer that moves the hand of God. Pray like the future of the nation depends on it because it does, Amen? Listen, if we do not pray for our nation and our leaders, not only will we continue to have little impact on the direction of America, but we are sinning against God. First of all, pray. Seek God for Your Government. Second… 2. SUPPORT YOUR GOVERNMENT Now bear with me on this one. There are a couple of ways we can support our government: A. First, pay taxes to your government. That brings us back to our text. When Jesus is asked about paying taxes, He commands that we are to “give to Caesar what is Caesar’s” (Matt. 22:21), and He also leads by example (Matt. 17:24-27). Paul speaks of the government’s responsibility to punish evildoers and instructed: “This is why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing” (Rom. 13:6). Now be honest—this one hurts— especially around April 15th. Admittedly, there is a lot of waste and questionable spending, especially by the current regime in Washington. Like the Titanic, we have hit an iceberg, we are taking on water, we are still afloat, so some people are still having fun throwing snow balls on the deck, but we are about to drown under a sea of debt and rising taxes unless drastic measures are taken, and the first one is to stop the spending and borrowing against our children’s future. The Bible says: “Let no debt remain outstanding…” (Rom. 13:8), but we are amassing debt at an unsustainable rate. Now I know what you are thinking, you’ve complained but the politicians aren’t listening, they don’t care, and they are going to do it anyway. But the great thing about America is that if we don’t like the way our public officials are spending our hard earned money, we can vote for change, to borrow a phrase, and I’ll say more about that later. However, when we think with a cool head for a moment, we actually do benefit from some of the goods and services provided by the government. First of all, we have the greatest military force in the world and the finest young men and women serving in it. We have law enforcement, roads, schools, libraries, and parks, etc. So pay your taxes but hold your elected officials accountable for how they spend them. Another way to support our government and make a positive patriotic impact is to: B. Take pride in your nation. Paul says in Romans 13:7 that we should respect and honor our government. It’s OK to take pride in your country. The Psalmist proclaimed: “If I forget you, O Jerusalem, may my right hand forget its skill. May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth if I do not remember you, if I do not consider Jerusalem my highest joy” (Psalm 137:5-6). Listen, it's alright to be patriotic. Don't let anybody tell you that as a Christian you can no longer be a red-blooded American, that you shouldn’t express appreciation for men and women in uniform, that you shouldn’t get a lump in your throat when you see the Stars and Stripes waving, that you shouldn’t stand and sing with a lump in your throat or a tear in your eye: “God bless America, land that I love.” America is not a god to be worshipped, but it is perfectly OK to be patriotic and give honor when honor is due. You can take pride in your country as well as pay taxes to your country and in that way support your government. Third… 3. SUBMIT TO YOUR GOVERNMENT Peter instructs: “Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king who is the supreme authority or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right” (1 Peter 2:13-14; cf. Rom. 13:2-5). The Greek word for “submit” means to fall in rank under an authority. Government exists to keep order, and we must submit to the rule of law. Christians of all citizens ought to be model citizens. We ought to obey the laws of the land. If we rebel against the rule of law, we are in fact rebelling against the God who ordained it (Rom. 13:1-2). Then Peter says in v 17 that we are to show these authorities respect: “Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.” Now sometimes respecting our government is a tall order. Just think about who was in charge when Peter wrote this: Nero. Nero wasn’t exactly an Eagle Scout. Indeed, Nero was a brutal, wicked ruler, responsible for the deaths of both Peter and Paul. Ever noticed that we name our sons “Peter” and “Paul” and our dogs “Nero?” Yet, God’s word says that we are to respect the governmental authority. We may not have much respect for the man of the office, but we must respect the office of the man. Submit to your government. That is the Scriptural ideal. However, sometimes you must… 4. STAND UP TO YOUR GOVERNMENT George Washington is credited with saying that “Government… is a troublesome servant and a fearful Master.” 5 Sometimes, we must stand up to our government. Now there’s a time and place for civil disobedience, but it should come only as a last resort, especially in America, which was founded upon Judeo-Christian principles and biblical laws. However, if the government commands what God condemns, then you are obligated to disobey. The midwives disobeyed Pharaoh’s command to kill all the Hebrew baby boys (Exod. 2:15-21). Daniel disobeyed King Darius’ order not to pray to His God (Dan. 6:1-23). The same Peter who wrote that we should submit to the government’s authority and respect the King (1 Peter 2:13- 17) is the same Peter who boldly told the religious rulers who ordered him to stop preaching about Jesus: “We must obey God rather than men!” (Acts 5:29). Christians in Asia Minor disobeyed the Imperial edict to swear: “Caesar is Lord,” threw their incense to the ground in defiance, and declared: Christ is Lord!” (Rev. 2:8-10; 2:13). They were all blessed by God for their civil disobedience. As Citizen Christians, we need to use our freedom to defend our freedom or we may lose our freedom. In many ways, that time has come. Decisions are being made by our government and courts on the great moral issues of our day and on our rights as Christians, so we cannot afford to be silent. But when we do speak out, have you noticed how the critics cry foul, claiming “Separation of Church & State,” and saying: “You don’t have a right to speak about public policy and law! Go cower in your church, lock yourself in your little stained glass prison, and stay there!” And that’s exactly what the devil wants—the salt shackled in the sanctuary and the light locked up in the church house. But the last time I checked Christians are not second class citizens of America. Your voice needs to be heard. In fact, the Bible commands it. Jesus said: “You are the salt of the earth… the light of the world!” (Matt. 5:13-16). The Bible says “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so!” (Ps. 107:2). That’s you and that’s me. God urged his people: “Shout it aloud! Do not hold back! Raise your voice like a trumpet! Declare to my people their rebellion, and to the house of Jacob their sins” (Isa. 58:1). You find examples throughout the Bible. · Moses petitioned Pharaoh for the liberty of God’s people. · Nathan confronted King David for his sinful actions as a leader. 

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Acts 22 " What a story"
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Thursday, 20 October 2016

Thank the Lord for every opportunity we have to speak to people about the love of the Lord and here Paul gets the crowd to quite down, so he could be heard above the displeasure that was going on. It is never easy to get your point across to people that do not want to hear the truth, but now we see Paul is able to talk to the People in their own language. His tongue is not tied up, but able to speak freely of what was happening even through most did not understand his passion for what was happening, as he was not desecrating the Temple, but showing respect for what God was doing.

Acts 22:1-30 (NKJV)
1  "Brethren and fathers, hear my defense before you now." Here he is in front of people that are totally against him and he addresses them as brethren and fathers, who where just like him and had feeling as well about what was going on. He was not going to scold them, but show he loved them all just as a brother and even a father loving his children.
2  And when they heard that he spoke to them in the Hebrew language, they kept all the more silent.
The Lord is always going to bless when we are able to speak person to person, even though we many times need a translator today. I would of liked to be able to talk in every language, I ministered to in prisons and jails for it is more personal, but I needed someone to interrupt what I was saying, but thank the Lord language does not need to be a bearer and it is always best to be able to communicate in a person language, but you have to be taught or learn a tongue, unless the Holy Spirit give you the tongue to speak; like in 1 Corinthians 14:1
2  And when they heard that he spoke to them in the Hebrew language, they kept all the more silent. The Lord is always going to bless when we are able to speak person to person, even though we many times need a translator today. I would of liked to be able to talk in every language, I ministered to in prisons and jails for it is more personal, but I needed someone to interrupt what I was saying, but thank the Lord language does not need to be a bearer and it is always best to be able to communicate in a person language, but you have to be taught or learn a tongue, unless the Holy Spirit give you the tongue to speak; like in 1 Corinthians 14:1
Then he said: 3  "I am indeed a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, taught according to the strictness of our fathers' law, and was zealous toward God as you all are today. I am one of you and should not be treated like a beast, but a man, not a barbarian, but a man born in Tarus as a free man from an honorable city. I have something to say and not to be trampled on, for I am not a fool, for I have been taught by scholars like Gamaliel a Doctor of the Law. He showed he was not a Sadducee but was, but now very zealous towards God as you are this day.
4  I persecuted this Way to the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women,
5  as also the high priest bears me witness, and all the council of the elders, from whom I also received letters to the brethren, and went to Damascus to bring in chains even those who were there to Jerusalem to be punished.
Here he showed what he was like in the past, as he was a part of the great Sanhedrin, the priest and  those that ruled, wanting them to know the hate he had for the Christians, but something happen to allow him to be converted by his experience of hearing a voice and a bright light that blinded him.
6  Now it happened, as I journeyed and came near Damascus at about noon, suddenly a great light from heaven shone around me.
7  And I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, 'Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?'
Notice how suddenly God intervenes, for remember He is everywhere all the time and we can’t escape thinking it is going to go away; it ok. Sin is never going to go away, for we live in a world of sin and shame and here at broad day light, a Light appears and blinds Saul and He cannot see. The Jews knew that the Lord is the Light of the world and here the light is so bright it leaves Saul blind and has to be lead to Damascus. Not only did the light get his attention, but a voice calling out his name Saul, Saul why are you persecuting me?  Faith comes by hearing and Saul heard and had to answer for himself. Everyone God created has to answer to God for what they say and do for we can’t blame anyone for not doing good, we are all accountable to God who created us to be good.
8  So I answered, 'Who are You, Lord?' And He said to me, 'I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting.'
9  And those who were with me indeed saw the light and were afraid, but they did not hear the voice of Him who spoke to me.
It is still a mystery how some can accept the way, truth and life and others can’t reach out and believe.  We all have a spirit that wants Gods love, mercy and grace, or we want to live our lives for selfish reasons. He is in a perplexing position now blind yet hearing a voice, now what’s going to happen next.
10  So I said, 'What shall I do, Lord?' And the Lord said to me, 'Arise and go into Damascus, and there you will be told all things which are appointed for you to do.'
Saul is an individual as everyone God created and we need to ask ourselves the question, what is the reason I am here with the skin color I have, the knowledge and understanding I have and do what I want to, become better and better or do I want to become bitter. What a choice we all have to make as we go through life.
4  I persecuted this Way to the death, binding and delivering into prisons both men and women,
5  as also the high priest bears me witness, and all the council of the elders, from whom I also received letters to the brethren, and went to Damascus to bring in chains even those who were there to Jerusalem to be punished. Here he showed what he was like in the past, as he was a part of the great Sanhedrin, the priest and  those that ruled, wanting them to know the hate he had for the Christians, but something happen to allow him to be converted by his experience of hearing a voice and a bright light that blinded him.
6  Now it happened, as I journeyed and came near Damascus at about noon, suddenly a great light from heaven shone around me.
7  And I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, 'Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?' Notice how suddenly God intervenes, for remember He is everywhere all the time and we can’t escape thinking it is going to go away; it ok. Sin is never going to go away, for we live in a world of sin and shame and here at broad day light, a Light appears and blinds Saul and He cannot see. The Jews knew that the Lord is the Light of the world and here the light is so bright it leaves Saul blind and has to be lead to Damascus. Not only did the light get his attention, but a voice calling out his name Saul, Saul why are you persecuting me?  Faith comes by hearing and Saul heard and had to answer for himself. Everyone God created has to answer to God for what they say and do for we can’t blame anyone for not doing good, we are all accountable to God who created us to be good.
8  So I answered, 'Who are You, Lord?' And He said to me, 'I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting.'
9  And those who were with me indeed saw the light and were afraid, but they did not hear the voice of Him who spoke to me. It is still a mystery how some can accept the way, truth and life and others can’t reach out and believe.  We all have a spirit that wants Gods love, mercy and grace, or we want to live our lives for selfish reasons. He is in a perplexing position now blind yet hearing a voice, now what’s going to happen next.
10  So I said, 'What shall I do, Lord?' And the Lord said to me, 'Arise and go into Damascus, and there you will be told all things which are appointed for you to do.' Saul is an individual as everyone God created and we need to ask ourselves the question, what is the reason I am here with the skin color I have, the knowledge and understanding I have and do what I want to, become better and better or do I want to become bitter. What a choice we all have to make as we go through life.
God tells him arise and go on to Damascus and someone will tell you what you need to do, notice he had to continue on not to persecute, but to be a blessing. What a change for the simple reason the light came on in his life and he had faith to be lead by hand to Damascus. Lord help us to see many times we are in the dark of what is going on and many time it’s scary, but Lord, help me to just trust You and obey your request.
11  And since I could not see for the glory of that light, being led by the hand of those who were with me, I came into Damascus. Saul could not see for the glory of the light, God got his attention and it was a revelation of the way, truth and life that God has in store for all His creation. Condemned sinners are struck blind by the power of darkness to sinning and continue on with their addictions, until they see the insanity of their behaviors and attitudes and want to even be lead into the light by the Spirit that is within men and women, that have been walking in the Light, so here he has to depend on those leading him and upon the person he is going to see in Damascus who is going help him see the light of walking with God. Now Saul was a Pharisee who felt like even doing what he was doing was walking in the light. How sly Satan is causing us to think that wrong is right and right is wrong. This is happening around the world and people are being terrorized by people that think they are doing what is necessary to have freedom and liberty that brings justice to all and it is causing society around the world to crumble before our eyes.
12  Then a certain Ananias, a devout man according to the law, having a good testimony with all the Jews who dwelt there,
13  came to me; and he stood and said to me, 'Brother Saul, receive your sight.' And at that same hour I looked up at him. Notice a certain man; Ananias one who was not prejudiced against the Jewish nation or religion, but was devoted to the ways of the Lord. He came to Saul and said, Brother Saul; a word showing endearment and respect, receive you sight. That is faith in action, Saul look up and sees clearly Ananias. What a miracle for Saul to experience the miracle of seeing a Light and a voice from heaven, assured him of God’s mercy, grace and love that was not what came from man, but God and God alone!
14  Then he said, 'The God of our fathers has chosen you that you should know His will, and see the Just One, and hear the voice of His mouth. Saul was chosen by God for a reason that now he is walking in the light, his testimony was going to become a powerful voice in building the kingdom of God. It seems like all through the Scripture God called specific people for specific reasons, when others are going through tremendous perplexities like Israel during the time of Moses, David in the time of Kings, Isaiah in the time of the prophets, Daniel in the time of the Minor Prophets and John in crying in the wilderness, prepare the way of the Lord and repent now and turn from your wicked ways. The great Evangelist like Spurgeon, Wesley, White Field, Billy Sunday, Billy Graham, Frankly Graham and the list goes on for many are called to minister to the many and the few.
15  For you will be His witness to all men of what you have seen and heard. We will never know the power of the Spirit of God and what He does in the hearts of those that call upon Him and begin to be ambassadors for the kingdom of God. Saul here did not know yet the mysteries that where in front of him as he journeyed around the then know world. How many did he influence for the Lord will never be known. What you’re doing as a representative of the Kingdom of God will never be known until we get to heaven and receive our reward for the work accomplished on earth, while we were alive and will.


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