Sent by the Risen Christ

Acts 9:17, “Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, ‘Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.’” This is why we place our hands on people when we pray for them: Our touch represents the touch of God! God uses you as a channel to release power! Ananias went into the house—so we have to actually go into people’s homes, nursing home, homeless shelter, prisons, hospitals, people’s lives—and layed his hands on him, calling him “brother.” I’m going to share something profound with you, and I hope that you’ll receive it: Each one of us have the same ministry as Ananias. v. 17, “He laid his hands on him and said, ‘The Lord Jesus has sent me so that you might see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.’" You are sent to change people’s lives! You’re called to do four things: (1) to go, (2) touch people’s lives (laid hands), (3) give spiritual sight & healing, and (4) to share the Spirit’s presence & power. You’re called to literally touch people’s lives, give them sight through the power of God in you, and to bring healing to them. You’re called to share the presence of the risen Christ so they can be filled with the love & presence of the Spirit, i.e., the life of the risen Christ!

Acts 9:18, “Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, 19 and after taking some food, he regained his strength.” Saul was defeated and overwhelmed; the man hadn’t eaten for three days and he couldn’t even see! And his vision of Jesus wasn’t enough; he had to be touched by an actual person, a disciple, a follower of Jesus. Once Ananias showed up, laid his hands on him, and prayed for him, “immediately” Saul was healed & could see, and the Holy Spirit came upon him. As evidence of Saul’s transformation, he was dunked in water. All of us need a relationship with Jesus Christ… God may be sending someone into your life to touch you; receive them and be blessed by their ministry.

~ Pastor Roy