Hey there from Words of life evangelism. I am so blessed to be back with you and that you have taken time out of your busy schedule to be with us.
You know sometimes in life we have to do some hard things that we don’t always like or want to do. You know following God is no different there are sometimes that God has called you to something that you don’t want to do but you know that you have to do it.
God called a lot of people to a lot of different hard very hard things, but the wonderful thing is that even though He called them to many hard things He never left them alone He always was right there to take care of them.
I want to tell you about a man named Saul that God called to do some very hard things. I want you to think who Saul was first. Saul was a pharisee that was a very smart man who knew the law and thought that all that believed in this Jesus guy were crazy and needed to be taken care of. So he went about seeking out believers and was killing them. He even had signed warrants from the chief priests with permission to find the believers and take care of them. Saul was a man who truly thought that what he was doing was right. Like I said before he knew the law and he kept it he didn’t believe that Jesus Christ was and is the Messiah. Well while he was going to Damascus he gets knocked off his high horse quite literally. He was knocked off his donkey by encountering Jesus Christ. Not only did he get knocked off the donkey, but he was blinded as well. As Jesus talked with him all the people heard that were with him was a voice but saw no one.
After his encounter with Jesus the men that were with him lead him to Damascus and he remained blind for three days.
This is where the hard tasks start not just for Saul but for Ananias.
Acts 9: 10-19
10In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!”
“Yes, Lord,” he answered.
11The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. 12In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.”
13“Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. 14And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.”
15But 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. 16I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”
17Then 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.” 18Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, 19and after taking some food, he regained his strength.
You see God called Ananias a believer in Christ to go and pray for a man who had permission to kill him and would get away with it. That’s a pretty hard task if you ask me. Look at the trust that Ananias had that God would take care of him in this situation.
Paul’s (Saul) task was not any easier did you see what God said to Ananias in verse 16?
V. 16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.
Paul was going to have to go through a whole lot with the call that God had placed on his life. He would be imprisoned, beaten, and eventually martyred. This is a pretty hard thing to do wouldn’t you say. Even though paul was called to such hard things as you read through scripture when paul was imprisioned he was praising God through song.
Now make no mistake there were times that Paul got frustrated, but he also leaned on God in those hard times. There are things in life that God has called you to do and they may not be easy to do or they may be very difficult to do, but when you lean on God’s understanding and strength instead of our own it works. It’s not easy but with God all things are possible and when we go in the same direction as The Lord he will bring us through no matter what the task.
So what is the hard task that God has called you to do and are you willing to listen?
I am so blessed that you have joined us today, I want you to remember that I am always praying that God will move in your life. Remember That God loves you and wants to have a relationship with you.
If you haven’t asked Jesus to be leader and controller of your life, to save you from your sins there is no better time than right now. If you don’t know to do that it is not difficult.
The Word clearly states believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved.
Jesus said Believe. This is not hard God is waiting for you to come to Him, he has given you what you need to believe now you just have to believe. Just talk to Him, and tell Him. Jesus I am a sinner, I need you, I believe that you are the son of God that you came to die for me and rose again on the third day, Jesus save me come into my heart and cleanse me of my sins, and be the Leader and Controller of my life.
If you believe what you just read may I just say welcome to the family we are so glad you’re here. God is overjoyed right now if you have made that choice.
I just want you to remember that if there is ever any questions that you have please let me know get hold of me. I want to hear from you and I want to help you in your spiritual journey however I can.
God bless you and remember God loves you and so do I.
Adam M. Losekamp (Evangelist)
Words of Life Evangelism