Helping Others

July 15, 2018

Acts 3: 1-10

 What could you do to help others in the journey of life? Have you been the recipient of the grace of God through the gracious heart of others who have helped you? We as Christians are called to help bear one another’s burdens. I pray the Lord will continue to call each of us to rise up and do what we can to share His love and encouragement with others. The Lord is glorified when we help others.

 1     Blessings Happen In Everyday Ordinary Places

As Peter and John were going up to the temple to pray they came across a man in need. The man was crippled from birth and was taken to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg. The man was probably no stranger to Peter and John and they probably had passed by him many times, but this day was different. Peter said look to us for we have the answer to your need. Faith in Christ leads us to see an opportunity to glorify God.

How many opportunities do we miss in the everyday ordinary happenings in life?

The Bible says we walk by faith and not by sight.

Could our lack of faith and lack of spiritual sensitivity be the reason we miss the blessings of God?

How has God opened your eyes to the needs of others?

 2   You Must Be Prepared When Your Moment Comes

 You cannot give what you do not have. You cannot tell what you do not know. You cannot share what you do not feel. Often times we fail to understand that our lack of spending time daily with the Lord affects not only us, but others who need help in life. One writer said nothing great is created suddenly, it takes time. Peter and John had spent three years walking with Christ, listening to His messages, and seeing Him touch people’s lives in small ways and with mighty miracles. All of this time was spent preparing them for this moment, and what a moment it was. The lame man went walking and leaping and praising God!

 Are you sensitive to opportunities that present themselves every day?

How has God used someone to help you in your time of need?

 3     How Can We Prepare Ourselves To Be A Blessing

 The disciples had just spent ten days in the upper room being filled with the Holy Spirit. I want to encourage you to spend personal quality time in the presence of the Lord. Set aside a specific time every day to meet with God. In this time read the Word of God and ask God how the scripture relates to your personal life. What is it saying, what does it mean, and how can the truth become a part of your life? Take time in your prayer life to pray the Word of God into your daily life and practices. Take time to seek God and praise Him for who He is in your life. Be more specific in your prayer requests unto God, knowing that He hears your heart and delights to respond to your heart’s desires. Allow the Holy Spirit to speak directly into the recesses of your inner thoughts, when you do you will become more aware of your daily surroundings and the promptings of the Holy Spirit that calls you into actions that encourage and help others. Ask God to make you a blessing for His glory every day of your spiritual journey. Be willing to change.  Make spiritual things more important than earthly things and be amazed as God makes you a part of the miracles and blessings of life!