Chair Time Reflections - November 19, 2018

I was blind

New Sight 

Posted by: Miki Earle
Sermon Text: Acts 9:1-31, 11:19-30
Tell me what a man focuses on, and I will tell you who the man is! 

Zealous, educated, of impeccable Hebrew lineage, righteous by the law, a persecutor of the church is how Paul describes himself before his conversion. (Philippians 3:5-6) His life’s focus created the man we find in Acts 9:1, “breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord”. And then came the blinding light of the glory of Jesus on the road to Damascus. 

However, it was not until 3 days later, having been blinded by the light of his encounter with Jesus that he truly saw. His eyes were opened not only physically but spiritually, for it was when Ananias laid hands on him and prayed for him that the scales fell from his eyes and he was filled with the Holy Spirit. 

What a picture God has given us in Paul’s salvation experience. A man who had focused with single sight for all of his life, now saw all things differently having met the risen Lord. The course of his life was forever changed because of what he now “saw”.  He saw with wisdom and knowledge and revelation through the Spirit of Jesus that now lived in him.

We too have been given this promise of “sight” through the Holy Spirit. We are forever changed when we say yes to the Lordship of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit. We pray for our own lives the prayer that Paul prayed for the Ephesians. May the eyes of our hearts be enlightened that we may know the hope we have in our inheritance through Christ Jesus and that we may know the immeasurable greatness of His power toward us. (Ephesians 1:18-21)
Scripture Meditations for this week:
Tuesday: Ephesians 1:15-23
Wednesday: Acts 26:16-18
Thursday: Philippians 4:8-9
Friday: John 5:19-20
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