Week Twenty-one — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — Visions of Jesus after Easter — Acts 22: 7, 8

Sunday, May 22

Acts 22: 6, 7 A out noon as I came dear Damascus, suddenly a bright light from heaven flashed around me.  I fell to the ground and heard a voice say to me, ‘Saul! Saul! Why do you persecute me?”

Prayer: Lord Jesus, for all the times you have taken the time to show up in our lives we thank you.

Thought for the day: The next time you say to yourself that no one is looking think again.

Monday, May 23

Acts 22: 8,9 “Who are you, Lord?” I asked.  “I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting.”

Prayer:  Jesus, we humbly confess we have too neglected to ask if we have offended you in great or small ways.

Thought for the day: “Get over it” is not always the right answer.

 

Tuesday, May 24

Acts 9:11, 12 The Lord told [Ananias], “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying.  In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.

Prayer:  Lord, thank you for sending your messengers into our lives.

Thought for the day:  What would have happened if Ananias followed his fears and avoided the meeting with Saul?

Wednesday, May 25

Acts 22: 15,16 [Ananias said] You will be his witness to all men of what you have seen and heard.  And now what are you waiting for?  Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.

Prayer:  Lord, thank you for those who have faithfully taught us to become your disciples. 

Thought for the day:  A possible job description for Paul might read as follows:  Needed.  One zealous Pharisee who knows the Old Testament backwards and forwards and can both write and speak in public.  Fluency in Greek and Aramaic required.  Should be willing to travel in good and bad weather.  Should be in good physical health to withstand long hours and possible physical abuse.  Having a trade a plus.  Must be a self-starter.

Thursday, May 26

I Corinthians 15: 8, 9 And last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.  For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.

Prayer:  Lord, we thank you that you have sent forth your word.

Thought for the day:  A church father said that if all the world were in darkness it could not extinguish the light of a single candle.

Friday, May 27

Galatians 1:1 Paul, an apostle – sent not from men nor by man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead

Prayer:  Lord, when we speak in your name we speak as those sent by you.

Thought for the day: Marketing strategists will tell you that the price of the best endorsements is dear.

Saturday, May 28

 I Timothy 1:15, 16 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance:  Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners – of whom I am the worst.  But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, your mercy always exceeds the worst in us.

Thought for the day:  Paul allowed the greater mercy of Christ to overcome his failures and faults. 

 

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