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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, January 19, 2019
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
The lame man asked for money, but Peter gave him something much better—the use of his legs. We often ask God to solve a small problem, but He wants to give us a whole new life, He wants to give us help for all our problems. When we ask God for help, he may say, “I’ve got something even better for you.” You may ask God for what you want, but don’t be surprised when he gives you what you really need. (NLT)
Acts 3:1-10 – Peter and John went to the Temple one afternoon to take part in the three o’clock prayer service. As they approached the Temple, a man lame from birth was being carried in. Each day he was put beside the Temple gate, the one called the Beautiful Gate, so he could beg from the people going into the Temple. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for some money.
Peter and John looked at him intently, and Peter said, “Look at us!” The lame man looked at them eagerly, expecting a gift. But Peter said, “I don’t have any money for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, get up and walk!”
Then Peter took the lame man by the right hand and helped him up. And as he did, the man’s feet and anklebones were healed and strengthened. He jumped up, stood on his feet, and began to walk! Then, walking, leaping, and praising God, he went into the Temple with them.
All the people saw him walking and heard him praising God. When they realized he was the lame beggar they had seen so often at the Beautiful Gate, they were absolutely astounded! . . .
Quoted verse: Jesus said, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
“Story” – David McCain (Louisiana) titled his story “GOD CAN;” here is a portion of David’s story:
“. . . As adults we tend to say ‘I can’t.’ But sometimes when we say we can’t do something, we are closing all possibilities without even trying. All too often, we say we can’t, when in fact we should more honestly be saying that we won’t – for a variety of reasons.
“When Peter told the lame man to stand up and walk, thank goodness the man didn’t respond by saying ‘I can’t.’ He had faith that the power of God had healed him, and he stood up, walking and leaping and praising God! I don’t want to limit the possibilities that God has for me – shutting things down by saying ‘I can’t’ without even trying. With God, all things are possible. (See Matt. 19:26 [Jesus looked at them intently and said, ‘Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.’)”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – What is God inviting me to do today, to which I will say “I can”?
Prayer: Dear Lord, open our eyes to the things that seem impossible to us, but which can happen through you. Amen.
Prayer Focus: SOMEONE LACKING CONFIDENCE
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