July 22, 2018
Last week we looked at Acts 3: 1-10, the story of Peter and John going to the temple to pray. Peter and John stopped to address a beggar who had been lame from birth and who was placed daily at the gate called Beautiful to beg for assistance. Peter and John said, “Silver and gold have I none but such as I have I give to thee, in the name of Jesus Christ rise up and walk. The beggar received strength, he arose, and he went walking and leaping and praising God!” Last week we discovered that blessings and miracles happen in everyday ordinary places and that we must be prepared for when the moment of opportunity comes. How can we prepare for the moment?
1 It Is Important To Know What You Have And Do Not Have
Peter and John did not have silver or gold but what they did have they shared with the beggar. You must become comfortable and confident with who you are and God’s presence and calling in your life. Paul always encouraged believers to be who they were without trying to be something they were not. If you help, just help, do not take over; if you share, just share God’s message, nothing else; if you teach, stick to your teaching; if you give encouraging guidance, be careful that you do not get arrogant or bossy; if you are put in charge, do not try to manipulate people; if you are called to give aid to people in distress, keep your eyes open and be quick to respond; if you work with disadvantaged people, do not get irritated with them or depressed by them. Always be positive in everything you do, keep a smile on your face, and let God’s love flow through your life to the person you are trying to help. Be real and never try to fake it, people will see right through you. Glorify and please the Lord in all you do!
Are you comfortable with who you are?
Is God pleased with who you are?
Are you flexible and willing for God to use your life for His purposes?
How has God used you or someone you admire to be a blessing?
2 Learn To Recognize The Difference Between What People Want And What They Truly Need
Sometimes they need to be strengthened; others times they need to be challenged and stretched. Sometimes they need comfort, not correction; other times they need correction, not comfort. The lame man in the scripture did not need a hand out, he needed a hand up. And that is exactly what Peter and John gave him. He took him by the right hand and lifted him up and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. So in order to help people you must love them, recognize what they need, know what you have to offer, and let the connection happen at their point of need. The Holy Spirit guides your life and if you are not noticing opportunities to help others in need, then you are not in tune with the Spirit and the heart of God. Wake up, let the Lord adjust your tuner and know the joy of being a part of the miracles and blessing of God through helping others!