Bridge Family Devotion (December 21, 2014)

We continue our journey in Acts 22 as Paul was arrested because of preaching the gospel. He is being viciously attacked by the religious leaders and now he asks to speak to the religious leaders himself and we pick up his testimony from where he was struck down by a bright light and the Lord began to speak to him on the Damascus Road where to go and we pick up in verse 12.

Acts 22:12 A man named Ananias lived there. He was a godly man, deeply devoted to the law, and well regarded by all the Jews of Damascus. 13 He came and stood beside me and said, ‘Brother Saul, regain your sight.’ And that very moment I could see him!

We hear so much about what Paul did to expand the Kingdom of God including writing about two thirds of the New Testament but think about this, what if there were no Ananias. We don’t read much about Ananias but we know this, because of his obedience, Saul became converted to Christianity and soon became Paul.

We never know whom we will touch through our obedience but we know that as we obey the Holy Spirit, we will help change the world. The good news about how the Kingdom of God works is this; as we touch one and that one touches another (maybe thousands) we all get the same reward because reward is based on obedience. Paul wrote this later, one plants, one waters but Father God gives the increase/harvest. If Ananias only reached Saul through obedience, what a contribution he made to the Kingdom of Father God.

Notice this about Ananias, he was a Godly man (a man pursing the things of God) that was deeply devoted to the Word of God, and well thought of by the people in that region. The Word of Father God is so important in our lives; never live a day without pouring it into your Spirit.

Friends, our reputation is also important, the Bible says this truth in Proverbs 22:1 A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold. The way we relate with others, the way we handle our families, the way we handle our finances are all a reflection on the family of God. We should strive to live honestly and with integrity with everyone so no one could say evil against us that would be true. Let them lie about us but never let something we could have prevented to be said about us that would negatively affect the Kingdom of Father God. Once we get saved, we represent Father God to everyone we meet. We are His children, His ambassadors to this people planet.

Not only did Ananias come in obedience but his obedience also allowed him to come with the power of the Holy Spirit and the Presence of the Lord. Ananias looked at Paul and said this, Paul regain your sight and Paul testified immediately I could see. Friends, catch these two truths: obedience releases miracles when spoken in faith and power.

Miracles never happen until people realize that our obedience and our words release the supernatural. Moses obeyed, spoke to the people and stretched out his rod and the sea parted. Joshua obeyed, spoke to the people, marched and the walls fell. On and on we could go showing that as we obey and speak, miracles take place. Jesus even said the secret to His ministry was hearing and doing and speaking what Father God told Him to.

We must realize God has no favorites but everyone who has been saved and washed in the Blood of Jesus has the ability to: 1. Hear the voice of the Holy Spirit; 2. Make a choice to fully obey His voice. The difference is that some of His children hear and obey, some hear and never obey while others never take the time to be in positon/His Presence long enough to hear His voice because their lives are so full of other voices. Friends, the key to walking in the supernatural is simply, hearing, obeying and speaking. Let’s all learn to live supernatural lives in 2015. Make hearing the voice of the Holy Spirit a priority in your life and watch yourself do things in His kingdom that you never thought possible.

Prayer Thoughts: Father God I repent for having so many voices in my life that have hindered your voice which is the voice of the Holy Spirit. Give me the wisdom and strength I need to make your voice my main priority in Jesus Name, Amen!