Putting God's Word into Practice…

Acts 3–Faith to be Faithful

on June 22, 2012

There was a man lame from birth who asked for alms (money or food) at the Beautiful Gate of the temple.  Peter and John healed him in the name of Jesus.  God used this healing to receive praise and to draw together a crowd.  Peter seized the opportunity, not to get glory for performing a miracle, but to point people to the power of God and the power of faith in Jesus–the Holy and Righteous One, the Author life who was killed by and for sinful men and raised again.

What do you do with a message like Peter’s that points out Jesus’ holiness and man’s sinfulness?  There is only one correct option: repentance/turning from sin.  In verses 19-20a it says, “Repent, therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.”

Need refreshed?    There is refreshment in His presence, yet our sin separates us from His presence.  Confess your sins and return to the Lord.

Been refreshed?  Think back over the details of how God drew you to hear the truth of the gospel and how by His grace you responded in repentance.  Thank Him!

Living in a difficult circumstance?  The lame man had no idea how God was going to use his disability to display His glory and power and to draw thousands to salvation.  Press on in faith knowing your suffering is never wasted in God’s plan.

Personal Points of Conviction: 1) When was the last time I asked God through Jesus by faith to do something impossible and then used it to attest to His greatness? 2) How many opportunities has God given me to point people to Jesus, that I have missed?

Lord, let me be faithful to take every opportunity to point people to You–Your power and glory.  Give me great faith in You to accomplish great things through me in Your Great Name! Amen!

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