““A man named Ananias came to see me. He was a devout observer of the law and highly respected by all the Jews living there. He stood beside me and said, ‘Brother Saul, receive your sight!’ And at that very moment I was able to see him.”
Saul was blinded by the light of God and Ananias went to visit him in Damascus and told Saul to receive his sight.
At that moment Saul was renewed. He was made new as a follower of Christ and for his salvation. He went from Saul to Paul. Many times God has to blind us with His glorious light in order for us to be renewed for our salvation. He may send someone to open our eyes or the Holy Spirit will open them for us. Either way we are called to open our eyes and speak our testimony. In that moment we are made new, we are to surrender our whole self to God and be disciples for the Word of God. Are you ready to regain your sight? Are you ready for your new name?
You can treat people not how they treat you, but based on how God loves you, when you know the love of God. It’s no longer the worldly view of “treat others how they treat you”. Once you come to know Gods love for you and how much He loves you, your able to treat others based on just that truth alone. We are able to be servants just as Jesus was our greatest servant leader. We can be the example of Christ.
As we continue to pray for revival, let’s not forget to do the one thing that God asks and expects of us, to tell others about Him and who He is. So often we “wait” for God to move, but He firsts needs to see us make the first move to make sure He can trust us, that our faith is aligned with our heart and our heart is aligned with His. Allow the Father to move through us by showing Him that we mean what we say when we say YES to God! We need to pray, listen and do. It requires action, so others can come to Jesus through you. He will use you for revival in your family, relationships, marriage, church so start now by speaking His Truth, especially to those He has sent to you. So today let’s be doers of followers of Christ!
Have a Blessed day!
We must cultivate the soil of our mind and uproot any beliefs, strongholds that prohibit your intimate relationship with Christ. Begin the process of renewing your mind with the Word of God, as you are able now to plant the seed in the newly tilled soil that can now allow for growth and maturation. However, growth of any seed can only take place with water and sun. You can not be without one or else the maturation process of the seed will cease. A spiritual seed is no different, the Holy Spirit is the water and the glory of God is the light. (Galatians 5:22) You have to accept the Spirit into your heart or else the seed will die and wither into nothing.
The heart is the source of where life from from and unless it is pure your seed will never fully mature to what God intended. (Proverbs 4:23) You have to allow the Holy Spirit to cleanse every spec of your heart, especially the dark hidden holes that you believed no one could see. You can pray, study and read all you want (which is great), but unless you have allowed the Spirit of God into your heart it will fall on deaf ears.
Surrender is a bold word that requires us to act, we must physically spiritually emotionally let go and let God. For many, who have a stronghold of control this is not an easy task. But the real questions are how bad do you want God, how much do you desire/crave His presence in your life, how deep do you want your relationship to go with Him, how much do you even trust God (that’s a biggie!), do you believe faith comes with obedience? Answer these honestly, from your heart not your mind, and you will know if your ready to fully surrender and let God take over every part of who you are.
I want to share one of the lessons I learned throughout the last many months that has created peace in my life…
NOT to treat others the way they treat you. Let me say that again, NOT to treat others the way they treat you. Contrary to the worldly view, I do not have to respond to disrespect with disrespect or an eye for an eye or petty with petty. I can treat you with the peace that reside in me through the Holy Spirit. It is ONLY because of Him (Matthew 11:29) that I can smile at you and with you and genuinely mean it because He is humble and He is in me. It was a cleansing of the heart (Psalm 139:23) and a long process to shift my thought that the world had engrained in my mind and heart for so long. So I have found peace in allowing the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22) to flow through me and guide my interactions with others. When the time comes I will be judged on MY actions and how I responded, NOT on how you treated me and for that I can’t allow your lack of faith and obedience influence my behavior (Proverbs 14:14).
I promise you when you change your mindset and allow God to captivate your thoughts and have you ENTIRE heart, the peace & joy you have no one can take away, no circumstance can change it as well. He will begin to use you to shine His light through you and YES that means especially to the people that we don’t like, who have treated us unfairly, mean and disrespectful (the ones we said we would never speak to again)! His main purpose is to gather Kingdom followers and the only way to do that is with love (Matthew 28:19)💜