Summary: Trusting God to do the impossible
Welcome.....take time to praise the Lord.....
Our theme this year is, With God All Things Are Possible or With God Nothing Shall
Please turn with me in your bibles to Acts 9 verses 1 through 15. Let’s all stand and read together. Please tell someone, expect the impossible.
My to-pic for today is, When God Shows Up. When God shows up as it did in Saul’s
case, whose name was changed to Paul, three things happened;
Number One - There was conviction. In verse 5 of our text Saul asks the question, "Who
art thou, Lord?" Number Two - There was conversion. In verse 6 of our text Saul asks
another question, "Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?" Number Three - There was
consecration. In verse 15 of our text, the Lord said about saul, "Go thy way; for he is a
chosen vessel unto me".....
Saul was on a mission to destroy the people of God. Let’s look at verses 1 and 2 of our
text (read) Saul was on a mission of destruction in persecuting God’s people. The bible
says he was breathing out threatenings and slaughter...............he obtained legal documents
from the high priest to carry out his plans..........elaborate......
While Saul was on his way to carry out his destructive scheme, in the mids’t of his
planning and scheming, God showed up. Let’s look at verses 3 and 4 of our text (read)
I want somebody to know that God has a way of showing up uninvited. It is true that
God is everywhere. It is true that we can’t hide from God; but what would you do if God
suddenly showed up, and you knew without a doubt it was God? Some of us would be
shocked if God showed up. Some of us would be wondering what’s going on, if God
As Christians, sometimes we might wonder if God has taken a vacation. Sometimes we
might wonder where is God when we need Him. Saul thought he was doing alright. He
thought he was pleasing God. He thought he was in the will of God, when suddenly God
Sometimes we might feel God has abandoned us. Sometimes we might feel all our hope is
lost, when God suddenly shows up............
Let me pose a few questions to you today. What would you do if God suddenly showed
up at your house one day? What would you do if God suddenly showed up on your job?
What would you do if God suddenly showed up while you were on the telephone being
critical? What would you do if God suddenly showed up while you were watching the late
night movies on Saturday night, knowing you had to go to church the following morning?
Would you change anything, or would you just continue doing what you were doing?
Saul thought what he was doing was alright, but in the mids’t of his doing, God showed
Whenever God shows up, we cannot be the same any more. Whenever God shows up he
changes things.............elaborate......... When God showed up in Saul’s life, conviction
reached him, and he asked the question, Who art thou, Lord? Tell me something, I want
to know. Can you hear the Lord saying, Saul, I am glad you asked that question, so let me
tell you who I am. I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting. Let’s all be very careful in
attempting to persecute a child of God. Because in persecuting a child of God, we would
be persecuting Jesus himself.......elaborate.. Saul was confronted with Jesus himself, and
he had to account for his actions. Saul, just in case you did not know, I am the Son of the
one whom you love so much; I am the Son of God. I am the one who came to save people
from their sins. I am the door...........I am the way, the Truth and the Life............I am the
light of the world.......... I am the Alpha and the Omega.......I am the first and the
Last.........Saul in order to get to God you have to go through me.............elaborate....
Saul now that you have been told who I am, what are you going to do? When conviction
reaches us, and we have been told who Jesus is, then it is time for a change to take place;
it is time for conversion. Saul saw himself condemned; he saw himself guilty before God;
he saw himself lost and undone; and so he submitted himself to the will of the Lord. In
verse 6 we read these words (read) Saul made himself available to be used by God, Lord,
what wilt thou have me to do?.......elaborate...
How do you see yourself before God right now? Saul thought he was doing fine, but