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Are you spiritually blind

This week I want to start off with some verses, But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven shone around him. And falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?”  And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.  But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.”  The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one. Saul rose from the ground, and although his eyes were opened, he saw nothing. So they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. And for three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank.  Now there was a disciple at Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.” And the Lord said to him, “Rise and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul, for behold, he is praying,  and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight.”  But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints at Jerusalem. And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on your name.” But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel.  For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.”  So Ananias departed and entered the house. And laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus who appeared to you on the road by which you came has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he rose and was baptized; and taking food, he was strengthened. For some days he was with the disciples at Damascus. Acts 9:1‭-‬19 Saul was a religious leader and later in his life he would write that he did everything he could to earn his salvation, he was the poster boy of what a jew was supposed to be. Saul thought he was as close as anyone could be to God, but as God showed him on the path to Damascus that he was spiritually blind by physically blinding him. So no matter who you are, whether you feel like you’re as close as you can be to God or you feel like you are too bad to come to God,  remember that Saul was killing and imprisoning the Christians all over Israel. And yet God came looking for him to be the biggest evangelist of his time, he would reach people of all races. So no matter who you are, reading or listening to this, He has come looking for you. He wants to know you and He has a plan for you, it may not be what you imagined for yourself, but you will be fulfilled with your life because that is what He made you for.  So this week no matter who you are, know that He wants to know you and He has a plan for your life. If you are reading this or listening, know that He came looking for you. He loves you and wants to know you, no matter what you have done or who you are.

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