Acts 9 13:14, 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. 14 And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.”
Ananias was asked by God to do something which went against his natural instinct. It raises the question, "Who do we listen to?" Ananias was listening to:
- Many reports
- His own fear
- God's voice
Ananias chose to listen to God, and God used him to restore Saul's sight.
Acts 9 17-19 17 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.” 18 Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, 19 and after taking some food, he regained his strength.
Judges 6:1-35, Judges 6:11-12 (NIV2011) "11 The angel of the LORD came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites. 12 When the angel of the LORD appeared to Gideon, he said, “The LORD is with you, mighty warrior.”
Gideon was intimidated and afraid, but God saw great potential in him. Through God’s mercy and power, Gideon was transformed from a victim to a victor.
• Bullied v1-5, Romans 8:31-37
• Depressed v13, Isaiah 61:3, John 16:20
• Powerless v15, Acts 1:8, 2 Corinthians 5:17
• Asked for a sign v16-17, Luke 2:12
• Offered himself v18, Luke 9:23
• Was obedient v25-27, Acts 2:14
Are you a victim or a victor?
Again in this story we see God choosing little people to achieve big things.
Judges 7:17-18 (NIV2011) "17 “Watch me,” he told them. “Follow my lead. When I get to the edge of the camp, do exactly as I do. 18 When I and all who are with me blow our trumpets, then from all around the camp blow yours and shout, ‘For the LORD and for Gideon.’ ”
Romans 8:31 (NIV2011) "31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?" Click onthe Gideons logo at the top of the article to see the amazing global organisation inspired by Gideon.
Kath Haworth interviewed five women on mothers day.
1 Corinthians 13 1-8, Proverbs 31:10-31
10 [b]A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. 11 Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. 12 She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life. 13 She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. 14 She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. 15 She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family and portions for her female servants. 16 She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. 17 She sets about her work vigorously;her arms are strong for her tasks.
1 Samuel 1:1-27, 1 Samuel 1:10-11 (NIV2011) "10 In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the LORD, weeping bitterly. 11 And she made a vow, saying, “LORD Almighty, if you will only look on your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son,…
A team of 5 travelled to the Philippines for 2 weeks to minister to the people of CRC churches in Manilla and Legaspi. The team comprising Gary and Liddy Atwell from Naringal Church, Jenny Van Nie Kerk who runs a coffee shop in Colac selling giftwear sourced from the Philippines,…
Acts 12:1-19, Acts 12:13 (NIV2011) 13 Peter knocked at the outer entrance, and a servant named Rhoda came to answer the door.
Acts 12:13 (MSG) 13 When he knocked on the door to the courtyard, a young woman named Rhoda came to see who it was.
Rhoda was a young servant…
2 Chronicles 34:1-4, 34:8, 34:14-21, 35:1, 35:16-19 3 In the eighth year of his reign, while he was still young, he began to seek the God of his father David. In his twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem of high places, Asherah poles and idols.