January 27, 2018: SOAP #2977: Exodus 17-20; Acts 3 Scripture: Acts (NIV) 3: 3 When he [the crippled man] saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. 4 Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” 5 So the man gave them his attention, expecting [...]
January 27, 2018: SOAP #2977: Exodus 17-20; Acts 3
Scripture: Acts (NIV) 3: 3 When he [the crippled man] saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. 4 Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” 5 So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them. 6 Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” 7 Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man's feet and ankles became strong. 8 He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God.
Observation: I wonder how long the beggar sat at the temple gate before Peter and John came along. Surely, he was appreciative for each one who carried some money with them and gave him a coin. But his greatest appreciation would go to two men who had no money! Perhaps they had given money at other times when passing through this gate into the temple. But today they did not have any money! These two men did not let their lack of money stop them from giving what they had. The beggar was blessed because their pockets were empty!
Application: There are times when having money hinders what God really wants to do. It is easy to consider how I can minister based on how much money I have rather than what God can do. What a disappointment to God when I think I cannot do anything because I do not have any money. And, what a disappointment to God when I think I have enough money and do not stop and seek His guidance. Yet, what wonderful things can happen when even a very small amount of money is used with the anointing of the Holy Spirit!
Prayer: Holy Spirit, give me clear direction in how to best apply the money you have entrusted to me for the good of the Kingdom. Amen
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