This is one of the most famous chapters in the book of Acts. The terrorist, Saul, was still breathing murderous threats to the Church when the Lord Jesus, himself, knocked Saul off his personal mission. When the Lord got ahold of Saul, it took some “not-so-famous” people to rally around him and get him on the right mission. Today we talk about Ananias, Barnabas, the Widows and even Simon the tanner. These kind of “B-Team” players, are people like you and me, who play a role in the shaping of God’s Kingdom on earth, as it is in heaven.
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When it comes to admitting our sin, we shy away. Most often we come up with excuses about sin, and say things like, “I”m not really a bad person”, or “If no one knows, I can get away with it”, or even “I’ve already sinned, I might as well continue”. When we “excuse” our way out of sin, we end up never needing the Savior to forgive us. “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” Don’t be deceived, sin is an all-consuming toxic sickness in our lives, and God has given us the remedy through salvation in Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit of God is the only one who can purify you from unrighteousness. The process of this is through our repentance of sins.
We take a closer look at what it means to make God’s Name holy, or hallowed, and sanctified. What would it take in your life to make God’s Name more Holy to you? How would your prayer life change if you called on the Holy Name of God the Father, more than just rattling off a grocery list of prayer needs to God? How do you engage in relationship with God the Father?
Elisha is tasked with the matter of injustice where a widow is close to experiencing the abduction of her children into human trafficking for debts to be paid. With God’s direction, the widow gathers empty jars for a miracle to save her. What would you do? Would you gather empty jars from neighbors and await the miraculous work of God? Would you take matters into your own hands? Join us to see what “running on empty” looks like according to your faith.
Why do we give a portion of our money to God through the Church, or missions or philanthropy? There’s a reason that we give of our funds to God. It’s all about trust. Give God your first, so your faith can grow. When we give God our left overs, no faith is required. Anyone can do that.