One Way Street Called Straight

July 9, 2019

One Way Street Called Straight

 

 

Acts 9:11

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,

 

Saul, whom we know as Paul the apostle, at the time of his conversion, had been on his way to Damascus with a commission to persecute and imprison the Christians there.  On his way he had a visitation from the Lord who appeared to him in a bright light, so much so that he was struck blind and then the Lord spoke to him audibly in Acts 9:3-9, “And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: [it is] hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord [said] unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man. And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought [him] into Damascus. And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.” It was here that the Lord spoke to Ananias and told him to find Paul on Straight street and tell him that he is a chosen vessel and what things he must suffer for my Name’s sake.

It would seem that it is not a coincidence that the Word makes specific mention of the name of the street that Paul was on.  It is the same street that the Lord wants to bring us to when we come to Him.  It means a straightforward, upright, true and is a sincere path that He brings us too.  It is like the word of John the Baptist, “Make straight the way of the Lord”.  Straight Street is a condition of our heart where we become blind to the things of the world and our spiritual eyes are opened to the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.  It is a place where we turn aside from the crooked paths of our walk when sin and self were upon the throne of our hearts.

We put braces on our teeth to straighten them out and set them in right order.  The Cross will work that in our life.  The Holy Spirit is continually here to conform us to this straight way if we are humble and sensitive enough to listen.   Usually our problem, unlike Saul, is that we haven’t become blind to this world.  Our eyes and attention are always wandering off from this place to that.  As a result we suffer a worse state than that of being physically blind.  We become spiritually blind.  What we do see is colored by the tint of our own prejudices, viewpoints and opinions.  It is God’s Word inspired and revealed by the Holy Spirit that leads us upon this Straight Street that leads us to the throne of Him who called us out of darkness and into His marvelous light.

What street are you on today and where is it taking you?

Blessings,

#kent

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