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SERIES: Moving Beyond Your Limitations

Acts 9:1-19 GNV

  1. 1  In the meantime Saul kept up his violent threats of murder against the followers of the Lord. He went to the High Priest
  2. 2  and asked for letters of introduction to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he should find there any followers of the Way of the Lord, he would be able to arrest them, both men and women, and bring them back to Jerusalem.
  3. 3  As Saul was coming near the city of Damascus, suddenly a light from the sky flashed around him.
  4. 4  He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul! Why do you persecute me?”
  5. 5  “Who are you, Lord?” he asked. “I am Jesus, whom you persecute,” the voice said.
  6. 6  “But get up and go into the city, where you will be told what you must do.”
  7. 7  The men who were traveling with Saul had stopped, not saying a word; they heard the voice but could not see anyone.
  8. 8  Saul got up from the ground and opened his eyes, but could not see a thing. So they took him by the hand and led him into Damascus.
  9. 9  For three days he was not able to see, and during that time he did not eat or drink anything.
  10. 10  There was a believer in Damascus namedAnanias. He had a vision, in which the Lord said

    to him, “Ananias!” “Here I am, Lord,” he answered.

  11. 11  The Lord said to him, “Get ready and go toStraight Street, and at the house of Judas ask for

    a man from Tarsus named Saul. He is praying,

  12. 12  and in a vision he has seen a man namedAnanias come in and place his hands on him so

    that he might see again.”

  13. 13  Ananias answered, “Lord, many people havetold me about this man and about all the terrible

    things he has done to your people in Jerusalem.

  14. 14  And he has come to Damascus with authorityfrom the chief priests to arrest all who worship

    you.”

  15. 15  The Lord said to him, “Go, because I have chosenhim to serve me, to make my name known to

    Gentiles and kings and to the people of Israel.

  16. 16  And I myself will show him all that he must sufferfor my sake.”
  17. 17  So Ananias went, entered the house where Saulwas, and placed his hands on him. “Brother Saul,” he said, “the Lord has sent me—Jesus himself, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here. He sent me so that you might see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”
  18. 18  At once something like fish scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he was able to see again. He stood up and was baptized;

19 and after he had eaten, his strength came back. Saul stayed for a few days with the believers in Damascus.

Acts 22:12-16 GNV

  1. 12  “In that city was a man named Ananias, a religious man who obeyed our Law and was highly respected by all the Jews living there.
  2. 13  He came to me, stood by me, and said, ‘Brother Saul, see again!’ At that very moment I saw again and looked at him.
  3. 14  He said, ‘The God of our ancestors has chosen you to know his will, to see his righteous Servant, and to hear him speaking with his own voice.
  4. 15  For you will be a witness for him to tell everyone what you have seen and heard.
  5. 16  And now, why wait any longer? Get up and be baptized and have your sins washed away by praying to him.’

Acts 26:12-18 GNV

  1. 12  “It was for this purpose that I went to Damascus with authority and orders from the chief priests.
  2. 13  It was on the road at midday, Your Majesty, that
    I saw a light much brighter than the sun, coming from the sky and shining around me and the men traveling with me.
  3. 14  All of us fell to the ground, and I heard a voice say to me in Hebrew, ‘Saul, Saul! Why are you persecuting me? You are hurting yourself by hitting back, like an ox kicking against its owner’s stick.’
  4. 15  ‘Who are you, Lord?’ I asked. And the Lord answered, ‘I am Jesus, whom you persecute.
  5. 16  But get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you to appoint you as my servant. You are to tell others what you have seen of me today and what I will show you in the future.
  6. 17  I will rescue you from the people of Israel and from the Gentiles to whom I will send you.
  7. 18  You are to open their eyes and turn them from the darkness to the light and from the power of Satan to God, so that through their faith in me they will have their sins forgiven and receive their place among God’s chosen people.’

Mistakes we make with Saul’s Conversion
1. It was a sudden conversion

When we REPRESS our inner conflicts, we PROJECT them on others.

When we are at war with OURSELVES, we will be at war with OTHER PEOPLE.

We often EXTERNALIZE our INTERNALIZED conflicts.

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