Thursday, April 25, 2013

Day 115, April 25 - Acts 3

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Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked to receive alms.
And Peter directed his gaze at him, as did John, and said, "Look at us."
And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them.
But Peter said, "I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!"
And he took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong.

Sometimes God doesn't give us what we want but rather what we need. 

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  1. Acts 3
    This chapter is so awesome in The Voice!

    Acts: Chapter 3
    1One day at three o’clock in the afternoon, a customary time for daily prayer, Peter and John walked to the temple. 2Some people were carrying in a man who had been paralyzed since birth. Every day they brought him to a place near the beautiful gate (one of the temple entrances) so he could beg for money from people entering to worship. 3He saw Peter and John coming and asked them for a contribution. 4Peter gazed intensely at him—so did John.
    Peter: Look at us.
    5The man looked up at them, assuming they were about to give him some money.
    Peter: 6I want to give you something, but I don’t have any silver or gold. Here’s what I can offer you: stand up and walk in the name of Jesus of Nazareth, the Anointed One.
    7Then Peter took the man’s right hand and lifted him to his feet. Instantly the man’s feet and ankles grew strong. 8He jumped and walked, accompanying Peter and John into the temple where he walked, jumped for joy, and shouted praises to God. 9-11A crowd ran to the commotion, and they gathered around this man in an open area called Solomon’s Porch. There he was, standing on his own two feet, holding on to Peter and John. They knew exactly who he was—the beggar they passed at the beautiful gate every day. Everyone was absolutely amazed at this wonderful miracle; they were speechless, stunned.
    Peter (to the crowd): 12Why are you so amazed, my fellow Israelites? Why are you staring at my friend and me as though we did this miracle through our own power or made this fellow walk by our own holiness? 13We didn’t do this—God did! The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob—the God of our ancestors has glorified Jesus, God’s servant—the same Jesus whom you betrayed and rejected in front of Pilate, even though Pilate was going to release Him. 14He is the Holy and Righteous One, but you rejected Him and asked for a murderer to be released to you instead. 15You not only rejected Him, but you killed Him—the very Author of life! But God raised Jesus from the dead, whom my friend John and I have seen with our own eyes. 16So that’s how this miracle happened: we have faith in the name of Jesus, and He is the power that made this man strong—this man who is known to all of you. It is faith in Jesus that has given this man his complete health here today, in front of all of you.
    17Listen, friends, I know you didn’t fully realize what you were doing when you rejected and betrayed Jesus. I know that you, and your rulers as well, were acting in ignorance. 18God was at work in all this, fulfilling what He had predicted through all the prophets—that the Anointed One would suffer. 19So now you need to rethink everything and turn to God so your sins will be forgiven and a new day can dawn, days of refreshing times flowing from the Lord. 20Then God may send Jesus the Anointed, whom God has chosen for you. 21He is in heaven now and must remain there until the day of universal restoration comes—the restoration which in ancient times God announced through the holy prophets. 22Moses, for example, said, “The Eternal One your God will raise up from among your people a prophet who will be like me. You must listen to Him. 23And whoever does not listen to His words will be completely uprooted from among the people.”
    24Every prophet, from Samuel through all of his successors, agreed. 25You are the descendants of these prophets, and you are the people of God’s covenant to your ancestors. God’s word to Abraham includes you: “Because of your descendants, all the families of the earth will be blessed.” 26So when God raised up His Servant, God sent Him first to you, to begin blessing you by calling you to change your path from evil ways to God’s ways.