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Acts 9:15 ” But the Lord said to Ananias, ‘Go! This man is My chosen instrument…”

The Believers in Damascus had heard about Saul and his murderous threats against them.  Ananias also knew Saul had traveled there with the authority from the Chief Priests to arrest them all.  So you can imagine that Ananias had many excuses as to why he shouldn’t go and lay hands on this man…but God said, “Go!”  And Ananias went.  But somewhere between his house and the house where Saul was staying Ananias had a major heart adjustment.  For when he greeted Saul,  he called him Brother Saul.  Brother meaning Saul had been accepted  into  the community of brothers and sisters in the Lord.

Acts 2:47 ” Praising God, and having favor with all people. And the Lord added to the Church daily such as should be saved.” (King James Version)

I use the King James version of this Scripture today… because it states that it was the Church that God was adding to daily…(other versions say – God added to their numbers).    So what was so different about this particular group of people?  What we saw was unity and mutual care for one another.  There was fellowship, prayer, and the breaking of bread among them…but there was also evangelism outside the four walls.  The early Church was a delicate balance of both inward and outward focus…and God added to their numbers daily.

John 20: 27 ” Then He said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here; see My hands. Reach out your hand and put it into My side. Stop doubting and believe.’ “

To me, doubt is the most debilitating and controlling weapon Satan uses against us.  We can be the  strongest of  Christians with absolute trust and confidence in our Savior…but when the tiniest bit of doubt  creeps into our minds,  suddenly we’re filled with questioning, uncertainty, and apprehension.  And a lot of these times it’s not that we’re doubting God …we’re doubting what God can to do through us.  Self-doubt will stop God’s plans and purposes for our life…self-doubt is like telling the Lord, “You don’t know what you’re doing, I know better.”  As Jesus told Thomas, “Stop doubting and believe.”

Colossians 4:3 ” And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains.”

Paul was chained up in a dark, dank prison in Rome with deplorable conditions…yet his concern was focused on proclaiming the Gospel.  So what’s my excuse?  What’s my justification for not telling others about Jesus?  How can I explain away the times I’ve had the opportunity…but didn’t speak?  God will open doors daily for us to tell others about the spiritual truths of the Gospel…we just need to be brave enough to walk through them.  I pray in the days ahead that all Believers  be endowed with a supernatural boldness to reach the lost for Jesus…times are getting short.

II Corinthians 4:4 ” The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the Gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”

The darkness of evil is everywhere in this present world…obscuring the understanding of the Gospel to the lost.  As a Believer,  what can I do to make a difference?  The song, “My Father’s Eyes”,  reminded me that His light needs to be shining forth when someone looks at me.  I need to be unashamed of professing my faith in public and able to back it up with sound doctrine when questioned.  I need to be able to share the Good News of Jesus with anyone, at anytime,  in a manner that is easy to understand, non-threating, and loving.  Finally, I need to be able to share my testimony…my story,  in a concise, simple manner…for there is nothing more powerful than a declaration of what the Lord has done in my life.  Are you up to the challenge to make a difference in this fallen world?

Matthew 26: 31 ” Then Jesus told them, ‘ This very night you will all fall away on account of Me, for it is written: I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ “

Jesus wasn’t chastising the Disciples, He was simply speaking the truth,  and fulfilling the  prophecy spoken of from Zechariah.  Jesus Christ is our Good Shepherd…the one Who cares for, watches over,  and provides for the welfare of His flock…Christian Believers everywhere.

Hebrews 10: 37-38 ” For in just a very little while, ‘He who is coming will come and will not delay. But my righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him.’ “

The writer of Hebrews is paraphrasing  Habakkuk 2:3-4 in this passage.  He’s stressing that our spiritual walk is made up of  constant, focused, decisions to trust and obey the Lord…even when we can’t see change.  He warns us against retreating or drawing back from trials simply out of  fear.  If you’re in the middle of a storm today,  don’t allow fear to rule your life…don’t hesitate when apprehension rises in your throat…rather make a conscious decision to listen to that still small voice of the Holy Spirit and walk by faith.