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Keep it simple..
Be Still and Know that I am God....
Just the begging..
In this Hub we will focus mainly on Acts chapter nine, okay well parts of it. In the beginning of Acts we find the disciples waiting as they where instructed.
" But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8
Shortly after this Pentecost began. The Spirit of God is still being poured out today, into those who will receive Him.That is that out pouring of the Spirit of God as described in Joel 2.
" And it shall come to pass afterward That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions. And also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days." Joel 2:28-29
After this out pouring began, a little later when they were praying God filled them again and many amazing things happened in their midst and many were saved. This is important to understand for what I am about to share with you. When we come to Faith in Christ, it is just the beginning of an amazing Journey. We welcome Jesus into are lives, and are baptized in water. There is a baptism of His spirit that follows. God continues to pour into our lives, or better yet into us. As we are waiting on the Lord, and pursue our relationship, there are many things that God will begin to reveal to you and show you concerning who you are as a child of God.
For now I want to focus on the examples chosen to share concerning the working of faith in one who believes in Jesus. In this next part of Acts, the man Saul also soon to be known as Paul has an encounter with Jesus. The encounter leaves Saul blind, and we are picking up right after this happened. Here lets read this passage..
Ananias Baptizes Saul
" Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and to him the Lord said in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.” 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. 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.” Then Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he has done to Your saints in Jerusalem. And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on Your name.” 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. For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.” And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once; and he arose and was baptized. So when he had received food, he was strengthened. Then Saul spent some days with the disciples at Damascus." Acts 9:10-19
Can you see as I did, the simplicity of this mans faith in receiving instructions and obeying? The results that happened because of what God had said he could do or is to do? I know that this is going to only happen by Gods spirit, and with God's leading. For apart from Christ we can do nothing. With God all things are possible. See my Hub on "Works of the Kingdom"..
Middle of Acts 9
In this part we see Peter moving in the ministry. I would like to point out the simplicity of his prayer. He did not take so long to say a lot of words or muster up some faith or pray in tongues. He came in and spoke and it was a done deal. Lets read this passage.
"Now it came to pass, as Peter went through all parts of the country, that he also came down to the saints who dwelt in Lydda. There he found a certain man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden eight years and was paralyzed. And Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus the Christ heals you. Arise and make your bed.” Then he arose immediately. So all who dwelt at Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord." Acts 9:32-35
I am beginning see even more so the simplicity of the actions of not only the disciples, but also Jesus when He would move and bring about healing to people. Jesus is the one we are to model. How He did things when it comes to words was short and to the point. Things happened, as they will for you..
One Last example.
The reason I am using these examples is to show you what God does through us the believers. Peter was one of Jesus' early disciples, you are just one that has come around a lot later. Pentecost is still happening. God wants to pour out His spirit upon each one of us, and lead us to share His love and Kingdom to the Lost. He desires to equip you and lead you into some amazing things with Him. Lets look at Peter. This is after He received the spirit of God. Lets also focus on How long of a prayer, he prayed concerning this incident.
Dorcas Restored to Life
"At Joppa there was a certain disciple named Tabitha, which is translated Dorcas. This woman was full of good works and charitable deeds which she did.But it happened in those days that she became sick and died. When they had washed her, they laid her in an upper room. And since Lydda was near Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent two men to him, imploring him not to delay in coming to them. Then Peter arose and went with them. When he had come, they brought him to the upper room. And all the widows stood by him weeping, showing the tunics and garments which Dorcas had made while she was with them. But Peter put them all out, and knelt down and prayed. And turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. Then he gave her his hand and lifted her up; and when he had called the saints and widows, he presented her alive. And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed on the Lord. So it was that he stayed many days in Joppa with Simon, a tanner." Acts 9:36-43
I believe that God knows all the wonderful things we can say and acknowledge in prayer. Which in our prayer closet, I believe we should pour our hearts out to God. Make our request unto God, but when it comes to such cases as this, to keep it simple and to the point. I believe that in operating in faith, that we are to be direct and trust God for the results.
May you all be blessed. Prayer is Amazing. May Your Faith in God increase all the more and know that in asking it never hurts. God is the One who makes it all happen....Blessings