Ripple Effect of a HOME

Ripple Effect of a HOME
BY Apostle Aje Pelser, preached on Harvester’s HOME network, Live Streamed 8th August 2021

The Home of Judas in a Street Called Straight
Act 9:1 Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest
Act 9:2 and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.
Act 9:3 As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven.
Act 9:4 Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?”
Act 9:5 And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.”
Act 9:6 So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
Act 9:7 And the men who journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice but seeing no one.
Act 9:8 Then Saul arose from the ground, and when his eyes were opened he saw no one. But they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus.
Act 9:9 And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank.
Act 9:10 Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and to him the Lord said in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.”
Act 9:11 So the Lord said to him, “Arise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus, for behold, he is praying.
Act 9:12 And in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias coming in and putting his hand on him, so that he might receive his sight.”
Act 9:13 Then Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he has done to Your saints in Jerusalem.
Act 9:14 And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on Your name.”
Act 9:15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel.
Act 9:16 For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.”
Act 9:17 And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”
Act 9:18 Immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once; and he arose and was baptized.
Saul Proclaims Jesus in Synagogues
Act 9:19 So when he had received food, he was strengthened. Then Saul spent some days with the disciples at Damascus.
Act 9:20 Immediately he preached the Christ in the synagogues, that He is the Son of God.
Act 9:21 Then all who heard were amazed, and said, “Is this not he who destroyed those who called on this name in Jerusalem, and has come here for that purpose, so that he might bring them bound to the chief priests?”
Act 9:22 But Saul increased all the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who dwelt in Damascus, proving that this Jesus is the Christ.
Saul travels further and escapes from those who wanted to kill him. The main ripple effect of someone opening their home for Saul was clearly seen:
Act 9:31 Then the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied.

This is part of a series of profiles on homes that were opened for God’s use in the book of Acts.
Of course it all started in a home where the disciples waited on the Lord for the baptism of the Holy Spirit. In Acts 2 in an upper room. Just put yourself in the home owner’s shoes for a minute: would you allow a group of scared, disillusioned and directionless disciples of someone that say went up in a cloud, wait in your house?
Another question to consider if you were a Christian that knew the biggest persecutor of your Way was coming to town with a court order to have you and all your friends arrested for following Jesus, would let him stay in your house because he ‘had an encounter on the road?’
What we see here, is to have faith in receiving the ones sent to you. Jesus explained how his disciples should enter a city and say ‘peace to the home that would receive them, and that they should stay there while they are in that city.’
Jesus appears to Saul and knocks him off his horse – we could show you the clip from The Prisoners musical where the conversion of Saul takes place.
Ananias hears from God to go and pray for the biggest enemy of the faith. Judas has to believe the people with Saul that he has truly met with Jesus.
The Lord knew about Judas’ home –
Act 9:11 So the Lord said to him, “Arise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus, for behold, he is praying.
Act 9:12 And in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias coming in and putting his hand on him, so that he might receive his sight.”

The ripple effects of Judas opening his home for a future apostle was as follows:
1. Apostolic and Prophetic connection: Saul divinely connected with Ananias
2. This is where God affirmed Saul as a chosen vessel to bear His name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel. A global ripple effect needed a drop point!
3. Laying of hands happened in the home. Your home becomes a contact point for faith and power to be imparted.
4. Vision – scales fell from his eyes, but his vision for his life and ministry was also received there – go there for you will be told what you must do.
5. How strange that God used another believer to tell Saul his life’s work and what he would suffer his name’s sake – as Paul later recounts the event. Acts 26:14-19
6. Baptism with the Holy Spirit. Jesus’ disciples only understood Christ in the scriptures after they were fully baptized with the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. Acts 2 onwards.
7. Water Baptism is a turning point in your home. The ripple effect of a baptism testifies to your obedience to Jesus’ commands and that you are a true follow of Christ. The droplets of water ripple out into your sphere of influence and your spiritual territory and authority enlarges as the evil powers recognize Jesus Christ within you.
8. Apostle Paul went out from there and preached everywhere proving that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Acts 9:20
9. Relationships ripple out from a Godly HOME that has shown hospitality to His sent ones. Barnabas took him to introduce him to the disciples of Jesus.
10. Boldness ripples out to serve God confidently when you open your HOME for Jesus to be Lord there. Apostle Paul spoke boldly in the name of the Lord and disputed with the Hellenists.
11. The churches in the region were built up because they finally had peace! The ripple effect became a tidal wave of change that swept throughout the whole known world of his day.