First things first, we’re moving on to Acts chapters 8-15 for next Friday’s review. (No pouting! We can do it, it’s NOT too much!) :) :) :)
There were a lot of little things that stood out to me as I read this week. Nothing really big or ground breaking, but it’s all good. I didn’t realize how many cool little things there were until I sat and started skimming through the pages again to write this.
I remember when we read in Corinthians (or was it Ephesians?) about the gift of tongues. There was a little bit of confusion about it. Someone mentioned about tongues not being just jibber-jabber, but an actual language. Well, it answered it for us here in chapter 2 pretty good don’t ya think?! It’s the part where all those different men are gathered with a ton of different languages and suddenly when the Holy Spirit filled them they could understand each other when they couldn’t before. Very cool and not as creepy as I always imagined a bunch of people chanting wierd babble. I like what scripture says about it much more. :)
When I came to 2:25-28 it was highlighted in my Bible. I remember a particularly icky time of my life that this verse was a branch that held me out of the icy waters enough to give me hope. Gotta love those kinds of verses. God’s Word is powerful! And just in case you would like to read it again here you go….
“I foresaw the Lord always before my face, For He is at my right hand, that I may not be shaken. Therefore my heart rejoiced, and my tongue was glad; Moreover my flesh also will rest in hope. For You will not leave my soul in Hades, Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption. You have made known to me the ways of life; You will make me full of joy in Your presence.”
One of my favourite verses is Acts 2:46 ” So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.” Is there anyone who can say they live in a world like this? The church, our fellowship as believers, is so far off the mark. I can sit and daydream about life really being like it was for these people. They were living in a time when ‘Christianity’ was definitely looked down on but they still had joy and could be found living the simple life. More concerned for their brethren than for themselves and praising God as they went about their business. Not sure how I can do my part to change the present situation and make it more like that, but I’ll try.
Okay, now for the lame man being healed. Can’t imagine what it would be like to be 40 years old and never to have walked or ran or anything. Completely helpless there on the side of the road begging for other people’s money. I’d be in my ‘no fair, not fun’ mood if it was me. But then totally unexpectedly Peter and John walk by and decide to help the guy out. He was just going about his daily business, waiting for another dollar and then all of a sudden he’s given a whole new life. I don’t doubt he was singing God’s praises for a good while after his meeting up with Peter. Then at prayer meeting last night it pared up with another thought. The speaker mentioned about the fact that before we are saved we are dead. A dead man can’t do anything, think anything, he’s just dead. But then if the Lord chooses He gives him life and from that point on the man is completely dependant on his Life-giver, Christ. So when we are saved, given life, we should be praising God too, AND dependant on our Life-Giver. The thing is that I am not dependant like I should. As the speaker last night said, “You can judge what kind of a Christian you are by your prayer life.” Mister man, if you are graded by your fellowship with your Lord I am sadly lacking!!!
Another one of my favourite verses from this week was 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.” Those words uneducated & untrained give a person like me hope. I’m the one that embarrases herself with lack of understanding and all those horrible spelling errors, and totally horrible report cards to prove just how unlearned I am. But if I’m with Jesus I will be able to live a powerful life in Christ. His Spirit is able to work around all my failings and then people will marvel at how Christ works through anyone, even me.
That is all I have time to write now. It’s late, hubby is home and I have already written half a book. :) Now I’ll look forward to seeing a link or two here on Mr. Linky, so link away. :)
Edited to add: I finally figured out how to switch the comments to the moderation setting. Just warning you that if you leave a comment it isn’t going to show up right away. Phew! I feel safer already. :)