Freely Give

Good morning, afternoon, or evening- wherever you are reading this.

It has been a long while since my last post, and I feel I need to make a real effort sharing with you Gods word and what I have learned. I’ve noticed, over the years of this blog, that there are people across the world reading these, and many of them are in places where the Bible is forbidden and could be jailed for reading it. I want to praise the Lord for those people because they obey God rather than man and follow Him no matter what.

I want to share a few verses I found this morning, first in Matthew 10 and then in Acts 3. You’ll see a fulfillment of the Lord’s command by one of his disciples and I hope it blesses you in seeing what God’s power can do.

Let’s start reading Matthew 10:8-9 KJV This is Jesus speaking:

“Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. [9] Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses,”

Now let’s go to Acts 3:6,8 KJV a bit of background. After the Lord’s death, and resurrection- before he was ascended into heaven he told his disciples to meet in an upper room, on Pentecost, and wait for the Holy Spirit to appear. When that was completed Peter and John were filled with the Holy Ghost and preaching Gods word to anyone they met. Here we see them meeting a lame man and Peter, for sure, remember what Jesus had told them in Matthew 10:9. So let’s read and I’ll lay out a few points.

Acts 3:6+8 says:
“Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. [8] And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.”

I want to share four (4) things I got from this message and I hope it is a blessing to you.

  1. The Need. Peter saw this man, he was sitting outside the temple gates, begging for food and water. Peter had compassion and saw his need for much more. “Such as I have, give I thee.” He didn’t just give him healing, but he gave him the greatest thing his soul wanted: Love.
  2. The Remembrance. No doubt the commandment of Jesus came to mind from Matthew 10. “..freely ye have received, freely give.” Peter didn’t think twice. You don’t hear a “silver and gold have I none… oh wait, I have 10 shekels, go walk and buy food” NO! But “such as I have give I thee.” He gave him Hope.
  3. The Healing. When Jesus healed someone, he just said simple words like “rise up and walk”, or “be thou clean”, and even “thy sins be forgiven” he had the authority to do so, he is God. Peter, on the other hand, could have said “rise up and walk” but he didn’t have that kind of authority; he wanted to give God the glory so he said, “in the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.” He gave him healing and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
  4. Finally, we see The Praise. “..and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.” If Peter had just said “rise up and walk” the praise would be him and not God, but because Peter said “in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth..” at the end of it all that man glorified and praised God.

So what can we personally draw from this?

  1. Look for a need. Could be as small as having your life reflect Christ, but it could be giving someone the Gospel and offering the soul healing that they need.
  2. Remember his word. We are called to be the light to this dark world, and we can’t be a light if we are afraid of what people might say. Think of what I said before I started; there are people, who read these post, in places the Word of God is forbidden; they are not afraid because they have the hope of the Lord and the Peace of God.
  3. Give God the praise. When a lost soul comes to know Christ, forget about their past. Their past is covered by the blood and they are made new. Only God can do that, and He deserves all the praise.

I hope this devotional was a blessing to you.

God bless and I hope you all become the light to this dark and dying world.