LIFe with God: August 3

Posted on August 3, 2010

Scripture

Acts 3

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Observation

What does Peter’s statement just before the cripple was healed teach us about giving? Who does Peter repeatedly say is responsible for Jesus’ death? What did Peter say was the cause of the man’s healing?

Application

Am I careful, as Peter was here, to give God the glory for what He does instead of taking credit I don’t deserve? In what “crippled” areas of my life do I need Jesus’ healing? Do I have faith that He can do it? Am I afraid to address the area of sin with non-believers? What can I learn from Peter’s address to this crowd?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Lord God, sometimes I am so foolish and I think of You as too small. So often I ask You for money and material things, when You want to bless me with something so much more powerful and miraculous. I thank You that You don’t always give me what I want, but You always provide me with what I need. In the Name of Jesus of Nazareth, may I always be willing to give to others what I have in Him, even if I don’t have money to give. Help me to invest my time, compassion, and the spiritual gifts You have given me, as well as my money, into the lives of others. And help me to be grateful for all the things You do and have done for me, like the cripple was when he was healed. Help me to get excited about You and praise You with my whole being. Father, I shouldn’t be surprised when I see You do mighty things in my life and the lives of others, because You are the Almighty God. Remind me always to give You the glory, and never to act as if Your work was done by my own godliness or power.
Jesus, whenever I feel disgust or disdain for “sinners,” remind me that I am the reason You died every bit as much as the men who physically handed You over to be killed and disowned You before Pilate, asking that a murderer be released instead of You. I thank You that though I killed the author of life, You rose again. I thank You that by faith in You, though I am weak, You are strong in me. I thank You for those times when You have healed people miraculously, whether physically, emotionally, mentally or spiritually. I thank You that when I repented and turned to You, my sins were wiped out. Help me not to dwell in them, but to dwell in the refreshing that comes from You. Amen

Pray to BLESS!
One good way to pray for people is to use the acronym BLESS to pray for God’s blessing on every area of their lives:

  • B – BODY (physical health)
  • L – Labor (their job or school)
  • E – Emotions (emotional health as well as guarding against letting emotions rule)
  • S – Social (relationships with family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, church, etc)
  • S – Spiritual (remaining true to God and growing in Him)

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries:

  • Ken & Twilla Eden (Joshua, Jonathan)
  • Gil & Lois Estes
  • Gary Friend
  • For the salvation of lost friends, relatives, neighbors, etc.

Missionaries:

  • J & G Simon, missionaries to Austria

CLF:

  • Ask that we would be a church that is devoted to true fellowship: Pray that we would be encouraged from being united with Christ, comforted by His love, bonded with His Spirit, tender and compassionate with one another. Pray that we would be like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Ask that we would do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider one another better than oursleves, looking not only to our own interests, but also to the interests of each other. Pray that we would all have the same attitude as that of Christ Jesus.

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:
He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit – Titus 3:5

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