Week 41   Day 7



                        before Paul was Paul 

                        he was Saul 

                                    and in that role

                                    with the name of Saul 


                                    he harassed 


                                         imprisoned Christians 


                        but one day 

                        on his way to Damascus 

                                    determined to arrest 

                                    and imprison still more 


                        he met Jesus 

                        like a blinding light 


                                    helped him to see by blinding him 

                                    helped him to turn around

                                    and with the aid of

                                    those he persecuted 

                                    persuaded him to become a believer too 


                        it is amazing what God can do 

                        with enormous energy 

                                    formerly used for evil in Saul 

                                    now used for good in Paul 


                                    redirecting that energy 

                                    to live and share the Good News of Jesus  





                              THE GREAT CONVERSION

A dramatic encounter with God caused a sudden turn-around.

                                                    Acts 9


    1Saul, breathing threats and murder against the disciples,

went to the high priest 2and asked letters to the synagogues

of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way,

men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.

    3As he journeyed near Damascus, suddenly a light shone

around him from heaven.  4He fell to the ground, and heard

a voice saying, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?" 

5And he said, "Who are you, Lord?"  Then the Lord said,

"I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting."

    6Trembling and astonished, Saul said, "Lord, what do You

want me to do?"  Then the Lord said to him, "Arise and go

into the city, and you will be told what you must do." 

    7The men who journeyed with him stood speechless,

hearing a voice but seeing no one.  8Saul arose from the

ground, and when his eyes were opened he saw no one. 

They led him by the hand into Damascus.  9He was three

days without sight, and neither ate nor drank.

    10Ananias, a disciple at Damascus, saw the Lord say in a

vision, 11"Ananias,  arise and go to the street called Straight,

and inquire at the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus,

for he is praying.  12 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."  13Then Ananias answered, "Lord,

I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he

has done to Your saints in Jerusalem.  14He has authority

to bind all who call on Your name."  15But the Lord said,

"Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name." 

    17Ananias went and laying his hands on him, said, "Brother

Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road, has sent

me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy

Spirit."  18 Immediately there fell from his eyes something like

scales; he received his sight, arose and was baptized.

    19When he had received food, he was strengthened.  Then

Saul spent some days with the disciples at Damascus.

    26When Saul had come to Jerusalem, he tried to join the

disciples; but they were all afraid of him.  27So Barnabas took

him and brought him to the apostles.  And Paul declared to them

how he had seen the Lord on the road, and that He had spoken

to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus.  28He

was with them at Jerusalem, coming in and going out. 
              This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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