Sunday Morning 8/21/11

Posted by Sherry

WHERE GOD’S POWER FLOWS

Acts 3:1-10

CBC 8/21/11 SM

Don’t ya just love to see God at work?

you know.....MIRACLES to us, commonplace to Him

1NOW PETER and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour (three o'clock in the afternoon),

2[When] a certain man crippled from his birth was being carried along, who was laid each day at that gate of the temple [which is] called Beautiful, so that he might beg for charitable gifts from those who entered the temple.

3So when he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked them to give him a gift.

4And Peter directed his gaze intently at him, and so did John, and said, Look at us!

5And [the man] paid attention to them, expecting that he was going to get something from them.

6But Peter said, Silver and gold (money) I do not have; but what I do have, that I give to you: in [the [a]use of] the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk!

7Then he took hold of the man's right hand with a firm grip and raised him up. And at once his feet and ankle bones became strong and steady,

8And leaping forth he stood and [b]began to walk, and he went into the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God.

9And all the people saw him walking about and praising God,

10And they recognized him as the man who usually sat [begging] for alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement (bewilderment, consternation) over what had occurred to him.

  • “Cripples” weren’t good enough to go inside temple
    • must have had cripple confused w/ the type of sacrificial animal (w/out spot or blemish)?
    • Remember, God is not willing that any (person) should perish!!!
  • Notice Peter made the man “Look At Them”
    • don’t hold head down in shame...
  • Notice Peter’s honesty
    • we don’t have any money
    • God always gives us what we need
    • money is not the answer to every problem
    • God’s power is the answer to all problems
  • Notice the man (over 40) is miraculously healed
    • raises this question...”In what kind of environment does God’s power flow?”

GOD’S POWER FLOWS WHERE HE IS

  • Temple supposedly the “house of God”
    • if God’s presence was @ the Temple how could a cripple set on the steps for 40 yrs and nothing happen???? (HINT: God wasn’t there!)
    • Veil of Temple torn in half when Jesus died on the cross
      • man had access to Holy of Holies
      • God moved...(from the stone temple to willing and receptive hearts of men, women, boys & girls
      • Evident God was living in Peter & John
      • side bar: Is he living in you???
      • unlike everybody else who turned their head, Disciples looked intently at the man & told him to look at them. (undivided attention)
  • “Who” or “What Cause” are you passing by and turning your head?
    • someone of another race or religion?
    • a “Cause” you don’t feel qualified for?
    • could it be AWANA?
    • We are God’s hands and feet. It was God touching that man through Peter’s hand

GOD’S POWER FLOWS WHERE THERE IS EXPECTANCY v4-5

  • Expectancy - to wait for something in suspense
    • being treated different by these two the cripple was waiting in suspense...
    • he was EXPECTING SOMETHING!!
  • What did you come to worship service EXPECTING?
    • many don’t come expecting anything
    • exactly what they take home, too
    • they’re simply going through their preference fueled motions to satisfy their conscience
  • Shouldn’t we come in “suspense”
    • expecting to hear God speak to us
    • expecting to see God move
    • expecting to be changed
    • expecting to walk in a spiritual cripple and leave leaping & jumping excited about Jesus
  • God wants us to come to Him with expectancy
    • otherwise what’s the point for God?
    • He created us for an intimate fellowship & relationship based on our free choice to love Him or reject Him
    • Heb. 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for He who comes to God must believer that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
    • FAITH is taking the first step when you can’t see all the staircase...MLK
    • We can expect God to Direct our life
    • We can expect God to save us out of dire circumstances
    • We can expect God to provide
    • We can expect God to heal (physically & spiritually)

Hudson Taylor’s life motto: “Attempt great things for God, EXPECT great things from God!”

GOD’S POWER FLOWS WHERE HIS AUTHORITY IS RECOGNIZED

  • Peter & John didn’t put this man on the prayer list
    • there was a need for the people inside the Temple to see an object lesson that God didn’t reside inside the walls, but in receptive human beings.
    • they commanded the man by the authority of Jesus Christ (the ones in the Temple had crucified Jesus remember), to stand up and walk

Matt. 28:18 Jesus says, “ALL authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.”

  • We are commissioned to “Go ye therefore...” by the highest authority...that of Jesus!
    • God’s power flows where His authority is recognized
    • quit turning down jobs based on your experience, education or comfort
    • start making a difference in this old world by acknowledging the presence of Jesus in your heart (because you invited Him in), and working under his authority and by His power!

GOD’S POWER FLOWS WHERE HE WILL RECEIVE THE GLORY v8-10

  • cripple was healed so that God might be honored and people would know Jesus was truly God’s Son
    • king Saul lost the throne because he sought glory for himself.
    • king David was given the throne because he was a man after God’s own heart

CONCL: Where Does God’s Power Flow?

Where HE is

Where there is EXPECTANCY

Where HIS AUTHORITY is recognized

Where GOD ALONE WILL RECEIVE THE GLORY


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