Tag: praising God
Scripture reading for May 8th: Acts 3, Psalm 92, Proverbs 30
Key Scriptures: Acts 3:6-10 “But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I gave to you. In the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!” And he took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. And leaping up, he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God, and recognized him as the one who sat at the Beautiful Gate of the temple asking for alms. And they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.”
Peter and John were going to the temple for prayer when they were met by a beggar asking for alms. They did not have money, but gave him more than he asked for. They spoke a word of faith in the Name of Jesus and reached out for his hand. As they did, God worked a miracle of healing and the man leaped up and began to walk and praise God. The miracle brought awe and wonder to all!
Faith Confession: I am a believer in Jesus Christ. I believe that through the Name of Jesus I have authority and power to confront sickness, disease, and demonic power and to trust God for results. (Action Step: In faith step out to help someone the Lord puts in your path. Trust Jesus for results)
Psalm 92:4 “For You, O Lord, have made me glad by Your work; at the works of Your hands I sing for joy.”
Scripture reading for May 18th: Acts 10
Key Scriptures for over-comers: Acts 10:44-48 “While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles. For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God. Then Peter said, “Can anyone keep these people from being baptized with water? They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.” So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.”
The early church came mainly from converts among the Jews. Peter was a devout Jew, as were most of the other apostles. When God called him to go to the home of Cornelius and preach to the Gentiles gathered there, it was a shock to his cultural upbringing. But he took other Jewish believers with him as he obeyed the vision given him by the Lord. As he preached the Gospel to them, the Holy Spirit fell upon these Gentiles and they were filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in tongues and praising God. Peter then understood that God had given them the same gift and they should also be baptized and brought into fellowship of the Church! Peter had actually prophesied this on the day of Pentecost when he said this gift of the Holy Spirit was for those who were “far off”! (Acts 2:39)
Observations for over-comers: God’s ways are often much higher than ours. We must stay teachable and obedient to the leading of the Holy Spirit and not be over-come by our own cultural prejudices. “For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes.” (Deuteronomy 10:17)
Scripture reading for May 19th: Acts 10
Peter, now a Christ follower, had been a well-trained Jew. He had been taught that Jews should maintain separation from Gentiles. Gentiles were not to be associated with because they were not “God’s people” or “Abraham’s offspring.” But God was interested in reaching Gentiles as well as Jews and making them all His children!
Cornelius was a Roman centurion stationed in Judea. He was a man of prayer who feared God and helped the poor. An angel appeared to Cornelius and told him to send for Peter to come to him from Joppa. At the same time, God gave Peter a vision of a large sheet with unclean animals on it. “Get up, Peter, Kill and eat” was what he heard. Peter responded back, “Surely not Lord, I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.” (Acts 10:13-14) After three exchanges like this, men from Cornelius appeared on the scene looking for Peter. The Holy Spirit told Peter to go with them, even though they were Gentiles.
When Peter arrived at the centurion’s home, he found a large group of people waiting for him. Cornelius told him how God had given instructions to send for him and now they were ready to listen. “Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism, but accepts men from every nation who fear Him and do what is right. You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, telling the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.”” Acts 10:34-36
As Peter preached the message, the Holy Spirit came on the Gentiles and they began to speak in other tongues and praise God. Peter ordered that they all be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ!
Scripture reading for June 4th: Acts 2:1-47
The apostles and a total of 120 believers were waiting on the “Promise” of the Father. They were gathered together in one place on the day of Pentecost. This was one of the three times that Jewish men were required by the Law of God to come to the temple and worship. Luke recorded this prayer meeting and the fulfillment of Jesus’ promise! (Luke 24:49)
“When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.” (Acts 2:1-4) Those gathered for the Feast that day were curious as they heard these 120 praising God, many in their own languages. Some thought that these were drunk and others questioned what this meant.
Peter stood up, empowered by the Holy Spirit, and explained prophetically what was happening. He quoted from the prophet Joel, stating that this was a fulfillment of Joel’s word from God about the last days. (Acts 2:14-21) Peter then spoke to them about Jesus of Nazareth and who He was. He explained God’s plan to put Him to death and then raise Him from the dead. “Therefore, let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.” (Acts 2:36)
When these people, many who participated in the crucifixion, heard the message, they cried out for help asking Peter and the other what they should do. “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off–for all whom the Lord our God will call.” (Acts 2:38-39) Peter’s instructions opened the door for 3000 to become believers! This same call is still bringing salvation and power to be Christ’s witness today!