Sunday school lesson: Acts 9. What a beautiful day for the Lord’s day! What a great lesson we have today. Saul on the Damascus road, going to do what he thought was God’s will, in killing the professors of Jesus Christ our Savior. God caused the scales to fall from his eyes and made him, a chosen vessel to preach the gospel, which went against the people’s traditional beliefs. You have to feel sorry for Saul. Here he had the people he had previously worked with, to stamp out what they thought was blasphemy against God. Holding to their traditional beliefs, they put Saul on their death list too. Then you had those survivors that knew what Saul had done to their friends and loved ones, who were ready to defend the gospel of Jesus Christ even if they had to die to do it. When God told Ananias to go to Saul, can you imagine how he felt? He talked with God, of the evil Saul had done to the believers, but God told him he was a chosen vessel, to preach to the Gentiles. Praise God, that this was done or you and I would have been left out, without hope of reconciliation back to our God and Heavenly Father. Praise God, that He removed the scales from Saul’s eyes, that he could know and preach the truth of Jesus Christ and His saving grace. Here he had to prove himself to the disciples but God saw to it that they could be comforted because Saul was now one of them. He also was sought out to be killed, just as the other disciples were. Some would say he was alone, but God was with
him all the way, as Saul later became Paul, was also persecuted for his name and truth. How about you? Are you sticking to traditions of men or are you ready and willing to believe when God causes the scales to fall from your eyes. It is something I think we should all embrace, when His word states, “Search the scriptures, for in them ye think ye have eternal life; and they are they which testify of Me.” John 5:39. I pray that our hearts receive the Holy Word as God intends, rather than our traditional thoughts or mortal beliefs.
Our service changed to our time of worship with congregational singing and specials were done by Susie Sisco. Brother Cub took his sermon from I Peter 1:1-9; “The Trial Of Faith.” Those of us who have accepted Jesus as Savior, are kept by His power, through faith unto salvation and verse 5 states, “ready to be revealed in the last time.” We do rejoice and are happy that there is a better time coming, when we will be there with Jesus forever. If we have Him in our hearts, He stands before our Heavenly Father, mediating for us. He is our defense lawyer. There are trials that come to test our faith. Temptations in a sinful world, are all about us, getting the trial of our faith, “being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory, at the appearing of Jesus Christ,” I Peter 1:7. We haven’t seen Jesus with these mortal eyes, yet we love and honor Him in faith, believing He is the Son of God and our Savior, our only hope. Believers, let us keep encouraging one another through prayer and comfort one another in trials. Let us keep on keeping on, while witnessing to those who still have the scales on their eyes. I pray for the lost, that God will cause their eyes to open, their ears to hear and their hearts softened and ready to accept Jesus as their Savior. Believer, I pray for us all, that we will finish this race and congregate in Heaven, around Jesus’ feet, never more to be tempted and tried. As a song states, “let’s help each other make it home.”
God bless and keep you all and please remember Brother Bill Applegate, as he is having surgery today. Keep all of our sick, in our prayers, as well as our military, that
God’s hand of protection be all over them. Let’s pray for our leaders and nation, that God’s will be done, rather than man’s. Until next week…may God keep you and bless you real good!