Thursday 3rd October, 2019

Theme: Dwelling With Jesus

Passage: Acts 4:5 – 22

5 The next day the Jewish leaders, the elders, and the teachers of the Law gathered in Jerusalem. 6 They met with the High Priest Annas and with Caiaphas, John, Alexander, and the others who belonged to the High Priest’s family. 7 They made the apostles stand before them and asked them, “How did you do this? What power do you have or whose name did you use?”

8 Peter, full of the Holy Spirit, answered them, “Leaders of the people and elders: 9 if we are being questioned today about the good deed done to the lame man and how he was healed, 10 then you should all know, and all the people of Israel should know, that this man stands here before you completely well through the power of the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth—whom you crucified and whom God raised from death. 11 Jesus is the one of whom the scripture says,

‘The stone that you the builders despised
turned out to be the most important of all.’

12 Salvation is to be found through him alone; in all the world there is no one else whom God has given who can save us.”

13 The members of the Council were amazed to see how bold Peter and John were and to learn that they were ordinary men of no education. They realized then that they had been companions of Jesus. 14 But there was nothing that they could say, because they saw the man who had been healed standing there with Peter and John. 15 So they told them to leave the Council room, and then they started discussing among themselves. 16 “What shall we do with these men?” they asked. “Everyone in Jerusalem knows that this extraordinary miracle has been performed by them, and we cannot deny it. 17 But to keep this matter from spreading any further among the people, let us warn these men never again to speak to anyone in the name of Jesus.”

18 So they called them back in and told them that under no condition were they to speak or to teach in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John answered them, “You yourselves judge which is right in God’s sight—to obey you or to obey God. 20 For we cannot stop speaking of what we ourselves have seen and heard.” 21 So the Council warned them even more strongly and then set them free. They saw that it was impossible to punish them, because the people were all praising God for what had happened. 22 The man on whom this miracle of healing had been performed was over forty years old.

The anchor verse, (verse 13) for this devotion, says, “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus”.

The lame, who had this challenge from his mother’s womb for more than 40 years, had lived with it. But on this glorious day Peter and John were going to the temple for worship and all they offered to the crippled man at the Beautiful gate was a gift that he never enjoyed from any one. Not even he himself expected such, having lived in that condition for so long.

However, in Acts 3, this miracle became a worry and concern to the rulers and leaders of the temple and they sought for every reason to imprison Peter and John or possibly to stop them from doing further exploit. Despite that, they quickly realized that these men had been with Jesus. Their dwelling with Jesus made the difference.

We can, therefore, see from the life of Peter and John what we stand to gain when we dwell with Jesus. These are:
• Boldness – fear is swallowed (vs 13,19);
• Witnessing – gives opportunity to share the gospel (vs 8 – 12)
• Protection and defence – they could not lay their hands on them for fear of the people (vs 16 – 18)
• Good name and popularity
• Glorification of God’s name – dwelling in God’s presence brings glory to Him.( vs 16).

Are you still hiding God’s gifts in your life? Put it/them to use and you will marvel what the result will be.

MEMORY VERSE: Acts 4:13 “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus”

HYMN: MHB 199 – JESUS keep me near the cross.

PRAYER: Lord, help me to dwell in your house and under Your control throughout my life in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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