The lame man looked at them eagerly, expecting some money. But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!” Then Peter took the lame man by the right hand and helped him up. And as he did, the man’s feet and ankles were instantly healed and strengthened. He jumped up, stood on his feet, and began to walk! Then, walking, leaping, and praising God, he went into the Temple with them. All the people saw him walking and heard him praising God. Acts 3:5-9
Retain the standard of sound words which you have heard from me, in the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. Guard, through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, the treasure which has been entrusted to you. 2 Timothy 1:13-14
Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Colossians 3:16
Worship Christ as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks you about the hope you have. But be gentle and respect him. 1 Peter 3:15
Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving; praying at the same time for us as well, that God will open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ, for which I have also been imprisoned; that I may make it clear in the way I ought to speak. Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person. Colossians 4:2-6
I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. 2 Timothy 4:1-5
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
Something that happens very easily as we become involved in the lives of others, is that we become so wrapped in the needs they have in the physical realm, that we forget their greatest need; their need to have their lives in the physical realm impacted by the spiritual realm that God wants to help them see and embrace through our lives. By our caring for others on a human level, they become open to our caring for them on a spiritual level as well. We must genuinely care for others as whole people with a compassion that seeks to help them in the spiritual realm as well as the physical realm. We must not let their lesser needs overshadow their spiritual needs. This means that we seek to be prepared to speak truth into the lives of others as God leads and empowers us.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, help me to genuinely care for people on all the levels of need they have. May I not let people’s lesser physical needs overshadow their greater spiritual needs. But on the other hand may I never use meeting physical needs merely as a ploy to evangelize people. I ask that I might have a complete and genuine compassion that helps me engage in goods deeds for others and to share the Good News with others. Amen!
Posted on Wed, August 2, 2017
by Ken Hart