Father, remind us each hour of Jesus’ commandment to love you with all our heart, soul, and mind and our neighbor as ourselves. Amen (inspired by Matthew 22:37-40)
Passage: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
Verse: 1 Thessalonians 1:4-5 (NIV)
For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction.
Isn’t it something to know that we, as believers, have been chosen by God! He has chosen to work through us, His servants, to reach others who have yet chosen to believe in Jesus, the Christ. The gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is powerful. May we be empowered by the work of the Holy Spirit to reach out to others for the glory of God and for the building of His kingdom. Way we be the witnesses, in this day… at this time… and under these societal conditions, that will point others toward an acceptance of God’s free gift of grace and life. May our witness be a guiding example of how the Lord would have us live our lives in the world. May we sense the presence of the Holy Spirit at work in us and those around us. (inspired by Reflecting God – Devotions for Holy Living, WordAction Publishing Company)
When we praise God with a sincerely thankful heart, God has compassion on us. (inspired by Psalm 103 NIV)
Passage: Acts 3:11-26 (NIV)
In Acts 2, we learned how the Holy Spirit was showered down upon the early church. The Holy Spirit is present and at work in our world today. Why are we amazed when the power of the Spirit of the Lord is displayed? Haven’t we seen how the Lord has changed the lives of people… for good? Haven’t we seen, or suspect we have seen, some kind of miraculous healing?
May we, by faith, believe.
By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him, as you can all see.
May we, ourselves, be healed and made new.
Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.
(inspired by Reflecting God – Devotions for Holy Living, WordAction Publishing Company)
Colossians 4:2 (NIV)
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
Passage: Acts 3:1-10
Verse: Acts 3:6 (NIV)
Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.”
We have been given power through Him, from above; power to be used in His name and for His glory. It is not, however, power to be used for selfish ambition or selfish purposes. It is power to be used to heal, to comfort, and to feed… spiritually and physically. May we be worthy of the power, and calling, entrusted to us as Christians. (inspired by Reflecting God – Devotions for Holy Living, WordAction Publishing Company)
Father, remind us of Your unfailing love and grow us into thankful servants who are a blessing to others. Amen