Sunday Pulpit Series
The Travails and Triumphs of Paul: 10
Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi
Saul’s transformation was immediate and dramatic. He became as radical for Christ as he had been for the devil. Saul’s zeal was legendary from the onset. Here are some remarkable events in Saul’s life as a new convert.
•Saul immediately embarked on a three day total fast. He ate no food and drank no water.
Acts 9:8-9 NKJV
“Then Saul arose from the ground, and when his eyes were opened he saw no one. But they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank.”
•Saul immediately began praying fervently. Jesus told Ananias that Saul was praying.
Acts 9:11 NKJV
“So the Lord said to him, “Arise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus, for behold, he is praying.”
•Saul immediately began preaching.
Acts 9:20 NKJV
“Immediately he preached the Christ in the synagogues, that He is the Son of God.”
•Saul immediately began to see accurate visions.
Christ Jesus told Ananias that Saul had seen a vision.
Acts 9:12 NKJV
“And in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias coming in and putting his hand on him, so that he might receive his sight.”
Saul’s vision was filled with amazing details.
He saw a man. He received the name of the man. The man was called Ananias. He saw the man lay his hands on him. Finally, he saw himself able to see again.
Saul had never met Ananias before. The vision was more amazing because Ananias had no desire to pray for Saul. In fact Ananias basically refused to go and pray for Saul.
However, Jesus ordered Ananias to go.
Acts 9:15 NKJV
“But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel.”
Ananias went to pray Saul and Saul’s remarkable vision was totally fulfilled.
May your greatest dreams be fulfilled as you go to church.