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Hearing God

Read Acts 9:10-17. New King James Version (NKJV)

10 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.”

11 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. 12 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.”

13 Then Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much [a]harm he has done to Your saints in Jerusalem. 14 And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on Your name.”

15 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[b] of Israel. 16 For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.”

17 And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord [c]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.”

Ananias is a part of Paul’s story. Jesus called Ananias to be the instrument of Paul’s healing and because of his obedience (even through it didn’t seem to make sense to Ananias), God healed Paul! During Paul’s conversion experience, God spoke to him in several different ways: in an audible voice on the road to Damascus; in a vision during those three days; and through Ananias. It is important for us to know that God can and does speak to us through a variety of means. God is not limited--only our ability to understand Him is limited! God provided three ways for Paul to hear Him and hear Him Paul did. God can speak to us through circumstances, other people, Scripture reading, worship, nature, and prayer. These are but a few examples of how God may speak. Consider how you hear God speak to you and make sure you take the time to place yourself in a position to hear Him again and often!

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