April 21, 2017: SOAP #2696: 1Sam 24; Ps 57, 58; 1Chron 8; Mat 8 Scripture: Matthew (NIV) 8:14 When Jesus came into Peter's house, he saw Peter's mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever. 15 He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him. Observation: [...]

April 21, 2017: SOAP #2696: 1Sam 24; Ps 57, 58; 1Chron 8; Mat 8

Scripture: Matthew (NIV) 8:14 When Jesus came into Peter's house, he saw Peter's mother-in-law lying in bed with a fever.
15 He touched her hand and the fever left her, and she got up and began to wait on him.

Observation: Jesus healing Peter's mother-in-law provided two things. First, it provided relief. The fever and all that accompanied it was gone. Second, it provided opportunity to serve Jesus. She was enabled to use her gifts to serve. She did not just sit back and enjoy the fact that she had been blest; she made herself a blessing!

Application: God has blest me in many ways. It is good to enjoy His blessings. I believe He enjoys that I enjoy His blessings. But He receives even more joy when I take those blessings and use them to bless others. I can tell others what God has done for me to encourage them to believe God for what He will do for them. And, I can share my blessings with others; I can give part of what I have been given.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, You are a giver and your blessings enable me to be a giver like you. Show me how to bless others with the blessings you have given me. Amen

Pastor Leon
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