Scripture: Acts 9.
(What is God saying here?)
Acts 9:35 (NLT)
35 Then the whole population of Lydda and Sharon saw Aeneas walking around, and they turned to the Lord.
Acts 9:42 (NLT)
42 The news spread through the whole town, and many believed in the Lord.
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)
In both of these verses it reminded me that as the good news of what Jesus is doing through His church spreads throughout our community, people will come to know the Lord. Unfortunately, what folk hear more about from the church today is the in-fighting, and the unbelievable sin that originates from Christian believers, workers and pastors. The whole towns of Lydda and Sharon turned to the Lord when they witnessed the miracle of Aeneas. Dorcas was raised from the dead through the prayers of Peter and many in the town of Joppa surrendered their lives to Jesus. I believe that non-Christians are looking for something different about the church. They are looking for a place where God is really working through His church. Friends, I don’t know about you, but I believe that we serve the same God that worked miracles through Peter, and I believe that He will still heal people today like He did through Peter. So if things are not happening in our churches today, then it must be us that have separated ourselves from the mighty hand of God. I think it’s about time that we let the world know about the Lord that we adore and serve. I believe that we need to take self out of the equation, and put God in first place in our lives and in our churches and allow Him to have His way and perform His miracles among His people, so that the world will hear more about Him and not the weak, faltering people that make up His church today. Friend, it’s all about Jesus, not us. Only Jesus and His mighty works will have the effect on our communities that’s so badly needed today. We need to do our part and let God be God.
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)
Father, we are so discouraged by what is going on in our churches today, yet we continue with business as usual. We understand from Your Word how powerful and effective Your ministry can be in our communities, but I’m afraid that we have placed so much of self in the way that the effectiveness of Your powerful hand has been diluted in the eyes of the world. Please give us power to step aside and let You resume charge of Your church so that You may work a miracle in the lives of individuals so badly in need of a Savior. There are many that attend church that need a touch from You. There are even more who never attend church that need to see You at work so that they may be convinced of the next move that they need to make. Please forgive me for getting in the way, and give me wisdom to see and understand Your will for my life and for the life and ministry of our church. People of my town want to hear about You at work, not anything that I or any church member can do or try to take credit for. Please have Your way dear Lord. Be God in my life, my church and my community.
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