The Holy Spirit & His Spiritual Gifts
22 - Gifts Working Together

Acts 9:
8 Saul picked himself up off the ground, but when he opened his eyes he was blind. So his companions led him by the hand to Damascus.
9 He remained there blind for three days and did not eat or drink anything.
10 Now there was a believer in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord spoke to him in a vision, calling, "Ananias!"
"Yes, Lord!" he replied.
11 The Lord said, "Go over to Straight Street, to the house of Judas. When you get there, ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul. He is praying to me right now.
12 I have shown him a vision of a man named Ananias coming in and laying hands on him so he can see again."
New Living Bible


In Acts 9, Saul meets with the Lord Jesus Christ on the road to Damascus. What happened after this meeting shows us the gifts of the Holy Spirit in action.
In this excerpt, we see the word of knowledge in operation. A word of knowledge is a piece of information about a past or present situation. Ananias needed to know this information so he would understand who God was sending him to minister to.

Acts 9:
13 "But Lord," exclaimed Ananias, "I've heard many people talk about the terrible things this man has done to the believers in Jerusalem!
14 And he is authorized by the leading priests to arrest everyone who calls upon your name."
15 But the Lord said, "Go, for Saul is my chosen instrument to take my message to the Gentiles and to kings, as well as to the people of Israel.
16 And I will show him how much he must suffer for my name’s sake."
New Living Bible


Here we have the word of wisdom, which is a piece of information about what God's future holds. Ananias needed to tell Saul this, so that Saul could decide whether he would accept God's full way of righteousness for him or if he would simply take salvation from hell and then choose his own path in life. This is a decision God gives to every Christian when we get saved.

Acts 9:
17 So Ananias went and found Saul. He laid his hands on him and said, "Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road, has sent me so that you might regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit."    New Living Bible


We understand here that when the Lord instructed Ananias to go and meet Saul, as Ananias prayed he also saw how the Lord Jesus had appeared to Saul on the road. This was another word of knowledge concerning the present situation.
Ananias clearly understood through the word of wisdom God spoke to him that Saul was to regain his sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit. The word of knowledge and the word of wisdom often work together like this.

Acts 9:
18 Instantly something like scales fell from Saul's eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he got up and was baptized.
19 Afterward he ate some food and regained his strength.    New Living Bible


Now this is where we understand fully about the blindness that Saul experienced. Though it caused him to be unable to see physically, it was an object lesson showing him how spiritually blind he was when it came to God's true purpose for his life.
He had been so convinced that God had called him to destroy the body of Christ but in fact, the opposite was true. The scales that fell from his eyes were the physical manifestation of the deliverance he experienced as he submitted fully to the Lordship of Jesus Christ in his life.

Prayer:
Our Father in Heaven,  I present all my convictions about You for Your scrutiny today. If there are any areas where my convictions are causing me to be blind to Your true purpose for me, I ask that You will deliver me from every delusion as You did for the Apostle Paul.
I submit myself, my purpose and my future to You today, just as Paul did. I commit myself to walk in Your path for my life,    in Jesus’ mighty name,   Amen.



Hope we can get together again tomorrow, God willing.
Meanwhile, have a great day walking with the Lord!