Spiritual Leadership Part 8…….September 12th, 2013…….Pastor Stan Smith

In the 9th chapter of Acts there is an interesting exchange between Annanias and The Lord. Annanias knew who Saul was, well he knew what Saul had done. The Lord knew exactly who Saul was. Saul was a chosen vessel of the Lord. It is hardly unlikely Annanias would have would have embraced Paul without the endorsement of The Lord Himself. He thought he knew Saul. So up to this it seems the Lord had not revealed His plans for Saul.

Acts 9:10-16
10 And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord.

11 And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth,

12 And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.

13 Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem:

14 And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name.

15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:

16 For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake.

Leaders and Pastors will have have to ask the Lord and depend on the Holy Ghost to properly direct those we lead. Personal judgement can be skewed and off track.

(to be continued)