God can use ordinary people like you and me!
One thing I have learnt during the past couple of months is that we should be true to ourselves and to others around us. This is called integrity.
Sometimes we are the only Bible that someone reads. We are intended to live a life that reflects that we are truly sons and daughters of the living God. Living a Spirit-filled life.
We are called to be the salt of the earth. We must truly live a life that reflects God’s glory.
God took me back to Acts 9:1-18 , and to Saul’s conversion. If you read it you will see that Saul was a man appointed by the Roman authorities to persecute Christians. The Lord spoke in a vision to a man called Ananias (v.10) (whom the Lord spoke to in a vision)and told him to go and pray for Saul (Saul was a man appointed by the Roman authorities to persecute Christians). Ananias spent intimate time in the presence of God and God could trust Ananias to speak to Saul; he also told him to go and lay hands on Saul. He is probably one of the bravest, yet least known men in the Bible. God sees what you do in your inner room. Because Ananias prayed and had an intimate relationship with God, God could trust him.
Was Ananias scared? Yes, of course – Saul had letters of approval to kill all Christians, but because Ananias spent time with God, he knew that God would come through for him. He knew that Saul would heal and he knew that he would be saved.
What can we learn from the life of Ananias?
1. Ananias trusted the Holy Spirit. He lived by the Spirit (Romans 8:4-9)
2. Ananias was an ordinary person who walked in faith.
3. He spent time in the presence of God
4. God used him to heal blindness
5. God used him to baptise one of the greatest accusers of Christians
In this new year I want you to be encouraged to make time for God – set time out for the King of kings – God wants to have an intimate relationship with you and truly wants to use you for His Kingdom.
If God was able to use Ananias to save a murderer, he surely can use you. Ananias moved a mountain just by being obedient to the Lord. Obedience is better than a sacrifice.
You are called to do great things for God, but in order for you to do it, you need to spend time with the living God and you need to hear His voice in time of trouble. You need to build up your faith by hearing the Word of God and doing the Word of God. Your faith can move mountains. You are called to be a mountain mover.
“He answered, “Because of your little faith [your lack of trust and confidence in the power of God]; for I assure you and most solemnly say to you, if you have [living] faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and [if it is God’s will] it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you”.– Matthew 17:20 (AMP)“But how will people call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how will they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher (messenger)? 15 And how will they preach unless they are commissioned and sent [for that purpose]? Just as it is written and forever remains written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news of good things!” – Romans 10:14-16 (AMP)