"Iam Jesus, whom you are persecuting." he replied. 6 "Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do."
7 The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone. 8 Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus, 9 For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything. 10 In Damascus there was a disicple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, Ananias!" "Yes, Lord" he answered. 11 The Lord told him, "Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarus 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 holy people in Jerusalem. 14 And he has come here with authority from the chief priest to arrest all who call on your name." 15 But the Lord said to Ananias, "Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. 16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name."
17 Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, "Brother Saul, the Lord-Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here-has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit." 18 Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul's eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, 19 and after taking some food, he regained his strength. Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus. 20 At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God. 21 All those who heard him were astonished and asked, "Isn't he the man who raised havoc in Jerusalem among those who call on this name? And hasn't he come here to take them as prisoners to the chief priests?" 22 Yet Saul grew more and more powerful and baffled the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Messiah.
Saul was a murderer. He was on a mission by the enemy to kill and destroy Christians. He was very much like what ISIS is today. He hated Christians. Christians were afraid of him and how he persecuted them. He wasn't a man that a Christian wanted to be seen with. Matter of fact, he was a man that Christians ran from!
But God saw through Saul. He saw all the legalism and traditions he had been taught as a young boy that was bred to hate Christians
And he took this man and broke him and made him dependent on him.
Saul was like a wild horse that ran with a vengeance and there was only one way to break him and God knew it, and it was to take his sight away.
When Saul became blind he became helpless where he had to depend on God.
Saul became so dependent on Jesus and had such a change of heart, where he turned from his evil wicked ways and became a preacher of the Way!
If God can change a Christian murdering Jew into a heart of flesh, he can change anyone at anytime.
Have you had that road to Damascus experience where you saw the light and truth of Jesus Christ being the real Messiah?
Or are you waiting for the light to go off in someone's head that Jesus is real?
If you are an unbeliever, I pray that Jesus shows himself to you just like he did Paul.
I remember when I was younger and my life was spiraling out of control and Jesus came to my rescue. And just like Saul became Paul, Jesus transplanted me and gave me a heart of flesh to teach his word and share the gospel, the good news of salvation and eternal life. I knew when I saw Jesus that he was more than a fairytale that he was real!
And I know like I was, there's a lot of divorced single moms trying to figure out how they're going to make it? When it seems like the world is ready to chew you up and spit you out! And you seem to be falling deeper and deeper into a pit of self-pity. Here comes your Savior! Your redemption is near!
All you have to do is ask him to be your Lord and Savior from this day forward and tell him you're sorry for your sins. With me, I started praying the Lord's Prayer and it had been so long since I had prayed I could hardly remember the words. But I believe God knew I was trying and he knew my heart. When I admitted to him that I couldn't make it in this world without him. I surrendered all! You can too! Jesus is waiting on you!
Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Ezekiel 36:26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.
Psalm 130:5 I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.