Meditation

03/01/2021

The apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders among the people. And all the believers used to meet together in Solomon’s Colonnade. Noe else dared join them, even though they were highly regarded by the people. Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number. (Acts5:12-14)

God gave the early church healing power. The power attracted people and resulted in large church growth.

The power of ministry to people’s physical needs should be a basic part of a church’s evangelism program. You see, God gave the early church healing power, He did not take it away, it is still available to us.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, we thank You for the gift of healing power and call upon You to help us re-energize our churches, by the power of the healing power that we already have available to us. Let us use it responsibly and effectively always in Your will, and never on our own. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important, to be nice!

KNOWING GOD:

Those who witnessed Jesus healing the demon-possessed man told the people how the man had been cured.” (Luke8:36)

The healing of the demon-possessed man so impressed the witnesses that they told all the people what Jesus had done.

The meeting of temporal needs often opens the door to an effective witness to our Lord’s love and grace. Beloved, I recently suffered a stroke while sitting at home watching TV with my wife. The resulting call to 911 brought both EMS and the Fire EMT’s and the work they performed on me was quick and efficient. It was cold out but I felt the warmth that only comes from the Lord, that sustained me, to and well after my hospital visit. I know He was with me the whole time and I am blessed to be with you all again, with daily rehab that is bringing me back slowly to His service again.

I AM:

Going on from that place, he went into their synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, they asked him, ‘Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?’ He said to them, ‘If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will yo not take hold of it and lift it out? How much more valuable is a man than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.’ Then he said to the man, ‘Stretch out your hand.’ So he stretched it out and it was completely restored, just as sound as the other. But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might ill Jesus.” (Mathew12:9-14)

Miracles show the priority of people over religion,. Jesus was more concerned with healing the handicapped person that with the legalistic observance of the Sabbath. His challenge to the man’s faith was clear—-your hand has been useless? Use it!

SECOND THOUGHT of the DAY:

Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were healed. News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed, and he healed them. Large crowds from Galilee the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan followed him.” (Matthew4:2325)

Jesus healed many of their sicknesses, which opened the door for preaching the gospel. Jesus used all means to help people in their various needs and point them to their r greatest need—-salvation. There is no conflict between meeting social or physical needs and providing spiritual necessities. Jesus’ love for people let Him to minister to all their concerns.

What we are witnessing in wake of our recent snow and ice, loss of power, water, and even the ability to keep warm, and now we see people, openly responding to people’s needs as quickly and effectively as possible. This is what Jesus did then, and when He ascended to the Father in heaven, we were left to continue His ministry on this earth. Jesus’ attitude sets the agenda for today’s church to join ministry to needs and proclamation of the gospel into one effective program of evangelism. Amen?!

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  1. Great message, Jerry! Thank you! It’s so good to have you and your Daily Meditation back. Keep working hard on your PT! God’s Blessings, Ruthie

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