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September 18, 2020 8:00 pm
Author Mark Twain suggested that whatever we look at in life—and how we see it—can influence our next steps, even our destiny. As Twain said, “You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.”
Peter, too, spoke of vision when he replied to a lame beggar, a man whom he and John encountered at the busy temple gate called Beautiful (Acts 3:2). As the man asked them for money, Peter and John looked directly at the man. “Then Peter said, ‘Look at us!’ ” (v. 4).
Why did he say that? As Christ’s ambassador, Peter likely wanted the beggar to stop looking at his own limitations—yes, even to stop looking at his need for money. As he looked at the apostles, he would see the reality of having faith in God.
As Peter told him, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk” (v. 6). Then Peter “helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk” and give praise (vv. 7–8).
What happened? Faith in God, indeed, Peter said (v. 16). As evangelist Charles Spurgeon urged, “Keep your eye simply on Him.” When we do, we don’t see obstacles. We see God, the One who makes our way clear.
Welcome to today's encouragement from Our Daily Bread. Today's reading titled in focus was written by Patricia Raven author Mark Twain suggested that whatever we look at a life and how we see it can influence our next steps. Even our destiny as Twain said you can depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus Peter two spoke of vision, when he replied to a lame beggar, a man whom he and John encountered at the busy temple gate called beautiful as the man asked them for money. Peter and John looked directly at the man then Peter said, look at us. Why did he say that as Christ's ambassador Peter likely wanted to beg her to stop looking at his own limitations. Yes, even to stop looking at his need for money as he looked at the apostles, he would see the reality of having faith in God as Peter told him silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk. Then Peter helped him up and instantly the man's feet and ankles became strong he jumped to his feet and began to walk and give praise what happened.
The man had faith in God as evangelist Charles Spurgeon urged keep your eyes simply on him when we do, we don't see obstacles we see God the 1 Who Makes Our Way clear today's Our Daily Bread devotional Scripture reading is from X, chapter 3 verses two through eight and verse 16. Now man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called beautiful, where he was put every day to bake from those going into the temple courts.
When he saw Peter and John about to enter.
He asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said looked at us. So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them. 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 taking him by the right hand. He helped him up and instantly the man's feet and ankles became strong he jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping and praising God. Now verse 16.
By faith in the name of Jesus.
This man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus's name and the faith comes through him that is completely healed him. As you can all see.
Let's pray all heavenly father, help us to always keep our eyes focused on you. You came to make our paths straight to give us direction to guide us and to give us a hope. Thank you for your grace and giving us exactly what we need when we needed even if it may not. At that moment be what we want your will is always best. All thank you Lord, in Jesus name we pray. Amen.
Today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread ministries