October 15, 2012

 

Acts 4:29-31 (NLT)
And now, O Lord, hear their threats, and give us, your servants, great boldness in preaching your word. [30] Stretch out your hand with healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” [31] After this prayer, the meeting place shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. Then they preached the word of God with boldness.

Observation:  There is something clearly different in the church then versus the church now. There was an incredible fruitfulness and power. What they did had impact, bore fruit, changed lives and circumstances. Today we can too seldom say the same. Our praying, our preaching, our Healing have little, if any, impact.
Application: I don’t pray, or preach, or heal like them. I feel like the comment: “the form of godliness with none of the power.” (2 Tim 3:5) I don’t want that anymore. I want mind-blowing, heart-warming, life-changing impact on my family, neighbors, church, community, state, nation, and world. But it isn’t happening. I can’t live with that. I want to see more David C——–s healed, more Ruth S—–s restored to Christ, more people coming from New Age gatherings to Jesus, more Professions of Faith, more disciples.
Prayer:  Lord, I feel like we look godly but are missing out on the mind-blowing, heart-warming, life-changing power of your Spirit at work in us, your church. Give us power. Make us different. Increase our fruitfulness. Help us change the world for you. Begin with me. In the powerful and loving name of Jesus.

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