How many times have you felt the urge that the Lord may have been speaking to you or motivating you to minister, take a new step in life or help someone in need? Many of us have felt these feelings, but have been unsure of whether we should act on them. Today we will see what the Bible teaches us to do, and how we are to respond to them and Him.
In this passage there are two distinctive themes
Ananiass humble faithfulness
What do we know about Ananias?
Not much: he was not mentioned before or after this in the Bible.
This can lead us to believe he was an ordinary believer!
We can also assume he had a strong relationship with the Lord based on the vision.
Ananiass perspective leading up to Sauls visit
Contemplating his future
Ananiass choice to respond to Jesus in his vision
Challenged the Lord
The Lord acknowledged his understanding (v15 chosen instrument)
Submitted to God and submitted to His way
The Ananias Way
Ananias was conditioned to hear Gods voice and respond.
We need to say Yes Lord more often.
We must be willing to move in the gifts just as Ananias did.
He did this in three simple steps:
1) He Heard
2) He Decided
3) He Acted
What was the result of Ananiass obedience?
Sauls baptism in the Holy Spirit
Sauls baptism in water
How do we condition ourselves to walk in the Ananias way?
Salvation, baptism, and baptism in the Holy Spirit
By reading our Bible: reading our Bible forms our understanding of His character. As we read the Bible and understand His character our faith and understanding in Him is built. Once we have these stepping-stones in place we become much more sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit (2Ti 3:16).
Here are a few indicators of hearing the Lord
1) More Loving
2) More Costly
3) More Generous
4) More Patient
Prayer Life (1Th 5:17)
Not relying on our own intellect or attributing it to our intellect (Isa 55:8-11 msg.)
Finally take a chance and step out, be prayerful and biblical, but act: Do Something. The biggest problem in the church is that there is little to no supernatural activity happening. Why? Is it because God has stopped moving? No! Its because His people arent acting!
Why must we condition ourselves to hear as Ananias did? Ananias was an ordinary believer just like you and me. The keys to The Ananias Way are to hear, decide, and act. We have seen the results of Ananiass obedience and how he was part of the Gods plan even though he was an ordinary believer just like you and me.
1) What was the last thing you heard from God?
2) What you think you need to do about it?
3) When will you do it?