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Rev. Dr. Delesslyn A. Kennebrew, J.D., M.Div.

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God, Are YOU Sure? - Acts 9:13-20

Posted on October 23, 2013 at 10:18 AM
God, Are YOU Sure?
Acts 9:13-20
“Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.”

But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”

Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, and after taking some food, he regained his strength.  Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus.  

At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God.
 
Greetings!
BlogFam, Have you ever asked God the question… God, Are YOU Sure?  I am not questioning your spiritual maturity or your dedication to the Almighty.  I am simply wondering has this question ever crossed your mind.  If your answer is YES, then please keep reading and if your answer is NO, then keep reading anyway and pray for those of us whose answer was not the same as yours.
 

God, Are YOU Sure?  This question is NOT foreign to my own walk by faith and not by sight journey.  There have been and I anticipate that there will be more times when I will ask God for clarity and confirmation based on what I feel impressed in my Spirit to do.  I like to be clear and since God is NOT the author of confusion, I believe that God can handle this question and all other questions I might have that help me to discern what is right and good, what is the more excellent and loving way to live my life.
 

When I ask this question, I am not challenging God’s authority.  I, like Ananias, in the text, just want to be sure that I am hearing God correctly so that my attempt to carry out God’s assignment will be more than a good effort but it will be accurate.  Thus, I am encouraged to read that Ananias seems to feel the same way.
 

God had just instructed Ananias to meet Saul, the one who was threatening and following through on his threats to persecute followers of The Way.  So, Ananias’ point of clarification in his conversation with God is real talk expressing his own apprehension about God’s assignment.  He wants to be clear that God is sending him to confront a man who has the reputation for killing people just like him. 
 

But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”
 
Friends, in other words, God says… ‘Ananias, YES, I am sure.’
 

BlogFam, it is TRUE that God’s ways are not our ways and God’s thoughts are NOT our thoughts so when we are called and/or commanded to obey a directive of God, God does so knowing everything there is to know about you and the situation you are being asked to endure.  God spoke to Ananias because there was obviously something about him that God needed to connect with Saul.   Perhaps it was his personality or his maturity or his courage in times past.  I am not sure about what was inside of Ananias but I am totally sure about the God who was calling Ananias to be bold, to be brave, to be God’s servant to Saul.
 

God will call and command us to do things in our lives that will give us pause and cause us to ask  - God, Are YOU Sure?  And if indeed it is God speaking to you and leading you in a certain direction, God will give you the peace of mind you need to obey just as God did for Ananias. 
 

Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, and after taking some food, he regained his strength.  Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus.
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 [20] At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God.
 

I highlight verse 20 intentionally.  I do so because, my sisters and brothers, we must ALL understand that even when God asks us to obey God’s call and commands to do things we have never done before or that just do not make sense to you or anyone else, we can be certain that God knows the end from the very beginning and God has been, is, and always will be SURE about every move God makes in our lives.  And the moves that God makes or the instructions that God gives in our individual lives, are more often than not connected to the advancement of God’s Kingdom here on earth and ultimately for God’s glory alone.  Thus, Saul’s reception of the Gospel as evidenced in his conversion and baptism were a direct result of Ananias’ obedience to a very sure God who already knew the radical shift that would take place in Saul’s life once Ananias arrived.  In the matter of a few days, Saul went from persecuting followers of The Way to preaching that Jesus is The Way!
 

BlogFam, God is sure.  God is sure about everything concerning you even when you are not.  And everything that God is sure about may not always make sense to you or anyone else but GO – DO – SERVE – LOVE anyway because your obedience could directly be connected to another person’s healing, salvation, deliverance, freedom, hope, and peace of mind. 
 
BlogFam, God is sure.  Now, GO and DO what God has called and commanded YOU to do!
 
God Loves You and I Do Too!
Delesslyn

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