Struck down by the Lord on the road to Damascus, going to persecute Christians, Paul was saved.
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2. Christmas programDecember 182 3. Saul (Paul) was on the roadfrom Jerusalem to Damascus to persecute Christians.Jesus brought him down.Who art Thou Lord? I am Jesus Whom you are persecuting.Paul was blinded by the Light --the glory of God. Review of Acts 9: 1-163 4. The Lord spoke to a disciple in Damascus named Ananias to go pray for Saul (Paul) to heal him of blindness.He knew Sauls reputation and was afraid.15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he isa chosen vessel unto Me, to bear My Name beforethe Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:16 For I will shew him how great things he mustsuffer for My Names sake.4 5. 17 And Ananias went hisway, and entered into the house;and putting his hands on himsaid, Brother Saul, theLord, even Jesus, that appearedunto thee in the way as thoucamest, hath sent me, that thoumightest receive thy sight, andbe filled with the Holy Ghost. 5 6. Not only would Saul receive his sight;He would also be filled with the Holy Ghost.It is only in the Power and Anointing of Gods Holy Spirit that anyone can do anything good.God has Plans for Saul, and He is equipping him to do the work. 6 7. 18 And immediately there fell from his eyes as ithad been scales: and he received sight forthwith,and arose, and was baptized.In that order. Gods children, who live our lives Gods Way, Can know that He cares for us, andwill take care of us.7 8. 19a And when he had received meat, he wasstrengthened.Even though he was healed and filled with Gods Holy Spirit, He still needed to eat.8 9. 19bThen was Saul certain days with the discipleswhich were at Damascus. 20 And straightway hepreached Christ in the synagogues, that He is theSon of God.He preached the Gospel in the Power andanointing of Gods Holy Spirit. He turned --9 10. 21 But all that heard him were amazed, and said; Is notthis he that destroyed them which called on this Namein Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent, that hemight bring them bound unto the chief priests?They all knew Sauls reputation and wereamazed that he had so completely changed.Sinners come down to an old-fashioned altar singing "Just as I am." And leave singing "Ivebeen changed." 10 11. Do you want a new life?Beauty for ashes? Joy to replace mourning?The garment of praise to replace heaviness?Isaiah 61: 3 Let go of your old life, your own ways,And let God change you as He did Saul to Paul.11 12. You must be born again! You must be born of the Spirit of God into the family of God.Believe with all your heart in the God of the Bible: Creator of all that is. Put all your faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of God,Trusting in His shed Blood to wash away your sins. Ask God to save you from sin and from hell. 12