Gems 2014 — February 22 Scripture Selection: Acts 3

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

February 22 Scripture Selection: Acts 3

Food for Thought: Acts 3:6, 12, 16

The name of Jesus still has the same power that worked for the apostles that day in front of the temple. It will always contain that power! Notice that Peter was quick to acknowledge that the healing of that cripple had nothing to do with Peter’s own power and ability or holiness, but God’s. He reemphasizes in verse sixteen that the name of Jesus, through faith in His name, was what made that man strong and gave him “perfect soundness.” (The man must have been born with some type of deformity, which was repaired in an instant.)

Notice that Peter, in his explanation to those who were in wonder of this miracle, tied it all to Jesus, His death and resurrection, and the Gospel of the Blessing which God intended for all mankind. Peter reminded them that God’s plan to bless mankind with forgiveness, healing, and every kind of goodness, had begun to unfold since the time of His covenant with Abraham and his descendants, including Moses, and leading up to the recent events of the suffering and death of the Prince (Author) of life. He had to explain it to them in this manner so that they would truly grasp just Who Jesus is and the power and authority that He had and has today.

Peter took no credit for himself. He shifted all the attention to Jesus. And that is exactly what gets results today.

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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4 Responses to Gems 2014 — February 22 Scripture Selection: Acts 3

  1. suyts says:

    Peter and John…… what a great friendship they must have had. It seems they were together in many of the important events documented in the Bible. And, yet, how strikingly different their personalities seem to be. I only note this because it should be for us to have such a friendship with a fellow believer. The benefits of such a friendship provides much more than a friendship with a none believer. I can tell you, as a person who enjoys a certain type of solitude, it is, at times, very difficult to go it alone. I am so fortunate to have a family of believers, and we’re truly friends. It has taken me a while to learn the benefits of having fellow believers as friends. Many times, I’ve found myself alone and in difficult positions. Always, there is rest and respite from the storm with friends and family of fellow believers. All I have to do is come home. My brothers and sister are my advocates. They root for me, cheer me on, support me, and in times, tell me when I’m doing something wrong according to the Word. If I need it and they have it, then it’s mine as well. Why? Because this is how Christ would have it, this is how Christ is!!! Did you notice how Peter termed it? “Refreshing!”

    19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.

    And, that’s exactly what it is! Refreshing! Isaiah had this to say.

    1Isaiah 44:22 I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee.

    All you have to do is come home. Return to Him! You see, Christ isn’t only our Lord and Savior, he’s a Friend. We’ve already covered that he’s our Brother. And, He’s our advocate! He cheers for us! He supports us!! And, from time to time He will correct us. But, he wants us refreshed, redeemed, and offers us respite from the storms of the world! All you have to do is ask!!! He’s your best friend!!! All of us need help in this world and we all need help in getting to the other side. Jesus is that help! He is the Refresher! He’s the Redeemer!! He’s our friend!

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