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Priorities (Part B)

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June 20, 2022 6:00 am

Priorities (Part B)

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June 20, 2022 6:00 am

Pastor Rick teaches from the book of the Acts

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Gold have I none such as I have his priorities are right now we do need.

This is way the world is set up. You have to have something to exchange with money is the principal way is is what I do have I give you their priorities count. I get that from this that this counts this man Peter accountabilities Amana prayer is a man of the word got false like everybody else. He still impetuous is used by God. This is cross reference radio with our pastor and teacher Rick Gaston. Rick is the pastor of Calvary Chapel Mechanicsville. Pastor Rick is currently teaching through the book of acts. Please stay with us after today's message to hear more information about cross reference radio, specifically how you can get a free copy of this teaching now cures Pastor Rick in the book of acts chapter 3 as he continues his message called priority. He needed money to survive and mentor coming in and random leaders eventually were many coming out, but he makes contact with these two.

This is a divine set up. God is in this salvation in Christ did not cross this man's mind this morning, or any other likely and we should be well aware that no one drifts into salvation. God is the one is the author and finisher of our faith, and he uses us as part of the finishing in the authoring part faith has to come in contact with unbelievers. True believers are supposed to be in touch with them and we are supposed to order a lives in such a way that we don't make it impossible by blowing our witness. I mean there are a lot of Christians that are very well behaved in church, but then I go to the workplace and in some of the most moody and nasty people you want to come across and their witnesses compromise and they want to hear the pastor tell how they can be used to save people or they want to bring somebody in the church let the pastor save they've already ruined everything. These things we should be aware of his a question and maybe this will be the question that sits with all of us today.

Why should God do anything for you or anybody else for that matter, none of us are entitled. In fact will lined up for judgment for breaking his law in his universe. Romans 323 fall of send and fallen short of the glory of God. Why should God do anything for you. I mean we know the answer to this but it is still searching question, especially when you have needs special when you're crying out in physical pain or some other type of pain of their many brands of pain. God, however, is God of love response of those who respond to him. That involves faith, not miracles because faith is a miracle.

It is a spiritual event alerts the individuals the witnesses to this event that there are great spiritual forces at work and hopefully we recognize the come from heaven. Verse four and fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter said, look at us. This is one of those rare details that says so much fixing his eyes and fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter said, looking us look at us, he is engaging this individual's is this is deliberate is intelligent and it is got to be piercing. It's coming through is doing something is up. Always better know when Luke reported this, I don't. He's just telling the faxes.

He knew them or if he's really understanding that the Holy Spirit is saying this is critical. Peter is making sure that there's eye to eye contact. He doesn't want to be vague about what's going to happen to this. How does Peter know God is imparted this faith to him. On this occasion, I find this in gauging unbelievers.

I tie is a priority in our prayer. Yes, hope and a life I find it better than leaving tracks work or some desperate Internet post.

I don't know when.

When a Christian goes on a website about you know how to repair of faucet and a leave again all Jesus loves you.

I think it does more damage than anything else, it just numbs Downton Abbey will not come to this when we find a young girl going ahead of Paul and Silas that if I recall, yet Silas and Phil at Philippi that these are the one that shows the way of salvation I message was true. Coming from her was no good end of the Paul picked it up right away so I took a few days to find you know I have done enough that I know this is going on here she's cheapening the gospel she's dumbing it down. She has no authority to preach the gospel, she doesn't know Christ and the sons of schema. They say we cast you out, we exhort you to come out in the name of Jesus, who Paul spoke about.

They did not have a relationship with Christ in the spirit and that man beat them up strip them of their garments.

God seen the serious stuff here, you need to make contact with people to be going to be used by Christ, not just throwing it up in the air and hope that it lands on the target.

She did that with mortars you might have him come down your head, eye to eye contact, close enough I know it's difficult in the workplace because people get a chance to see you that you hunters as far as your witness, you've got to be strong.

It's doable and you can wear out that field you've preached everybody in the office. Well Christ can bring other people your way outside the office.

So here's Peter he's going to take charge of this. He's going to change this man inside and out the course of God doing it all. Verse five so he gave them his attention. I bet he did. I don't know if anybody's ever done this to him before.

Look at me mostly was want to give him something. Get out of my way, but here Peter is stopped and is engaging him.

He gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them.

Zero faith in operation on that man's part when Peter later on in verse 16 says this is faith that is done. This is not about this man's made his own about this faith in Jesus Christ. Peter's faith in Jesus Christ.

In other words, it's available to you to well in this condition. He expected a handout, not a hand up, unlike those phrases I know a lot of people do, but that this comment shady like whether this is a fact he's going to literally get a hand up the right hand. The Bible will specify maybe not look down on this Manson's in his condition begging for money is so easy to look down on people. Verse six then Peter said silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk didn't take guts to do that on Peter's party took faith. It took a man that was just in tune with Christ a new this is what had to happen that later on. John says how did you know to do this. I don't know I just know it. I just knew it was imparted and will be judging.

John was right there with them.

So let's put somebody else. Andrew and had that happen anyway.

Peter's not apologizing for being broke. When someone asked me some something that I don't agree with or don't like. I don't want to see them.

Sorry sorry that I don't have any money for you and if I'm not sorry that I want to say that kind of dress a little bit but here's Peter broke no money on them. So much for that greedy goblin prosperity teaching that God wants you rich with cash just put more money in the offering box man. I don't want to be like that on judgment day. The prosperity movement cannot say silver and gold I do not have it loaded with cash they've stolen from people by dangling a carrot in front of them and the people are greedy enough to follow that you'd say well they get what they deserve. This is saying you you get the church you deserve, nor can the prosperity movement say rise up and walk trade-off. Remember in verse one. When I made a big deal about Peter being a man of prayer we see him in every interval. The book of acts is here's Peter at morning prayer here is again it at noon prayer and then here he is again an evening prayer we hear he is involved in answering. Perhaps an unspoken prayer. So certainly up to this time and un-granted prayer in this man of prayer is being used by God on their way to prayer their being used because people of prayer are effective people which have to learn how to pray. I think I don't mean the apostles came to crisis to teach us to pray like John taught his disciples. Jesus never really answered the question just directed them to faith, which is I guess the answer is this relation.

Faith is not just trusting God in the relationship with God. Why do I trust God well because he's got no as I know him and if I didn't know him, I couldn't trust him. There has to be exposure to his character whatsit what is God like is he looking to clobber me over my head. Does he enjoy judging people as he removed himself from humanity's suffering. How could God do this now. If you know the character of God you going to give God what we would call the benefit of the doubt. Every time you going to say God is good and you can take that from him. Just because things aren't working out the way they should doesn't mean you are entitled to forget that this world is cursed because of sin. Sin is such a big deal that God gave his only begotten son, that is a big deal and to put it on wrestlemania T-shirt is blasphemy. I mean, you know. Remember that wrestler that was using 316. I hope he repents before he breathes his last because that was a smack in the face to the faith church.

I know some of you wrestlemania hands you got the demon of wrestlemania you need to be exercised, hope, and you know it or worry doing their Super Bowl recently is another group that anyway. Years ago someone is a liquid to Super Bowl Sunday. We we canceling service be gone.

You demon no stupid question is that the pastor God, should we close the service. Anyway, I read better than my notes and figured I'd share at the church used to be known for its good deeds and now it's known for its bad mortgages. There a lot of churches that they don't. They can keep their mortgage as a fear I mean what's that about when Peter says silver and gold have I none such as I have I give you this priorities are right and we you need money. It's his way the world is set up. You have to have something to exchange with and money is the principal way. This is what I do have I give you their priorities count. I get that from this that this counts this man Peter counts because he's a man of prayer is a man of the word got false like everybody else.

He still impetuous, but is used by God in the name of Jesus Christ Nazareth rise up and walk. That would've been you sure yes you are Messiah of Nazareth. He is the priority aces in the name of Jesus Christ. Think of all the things you cannot do in the name of Jesus Christ, you cannot hate in his name while you can hate evil. Of course with the Bell watch that the flesh will latch onto it and the next thing you know you're hating people who do the evil. And then you're hating people who want so evil, they just hate it will be all like road mates do have a name for other drivers that we face.

Road mates would also they they were shipmates. We were on the same ship was sharing the same interstate on the road mates Wyoming cow orders you might pronounce her coworkers put this really cow orchids look at the word again, think of what you can do for crack.

It's you cannot revile someone abuse them. Mean this is creating paying for your satisfaction on another person making yourself feel good.

We cannot do a lot of things in Jesus name. And yet there are many things we can do in his name.

Verse seven he took him by the right hand lifted him up and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. This is what we can do in the name of Christ we can touch others. We can lift them up with our right hand that's well strength is in the Scripture. Here we see Peter doing just that. Sometimes though you can't pastor's rod is for protection and correction, and as Christians, you better get that in your head. It's a good thing to have.

Again, the letter to the Hebrews.

Three times in one chapter ball say they rule over you.

They all should take control of your life there. The stewards noticed stewardesses as someone who manages someone else's property. That's what a stewardess in the Scripture and in life is not the same as being a businessman. They share certain principles, but they're not identical. One of the advantages of business man has over his employees is that he pays them. The church is an army of volunteers essentially it's only by consent and that the following the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Ideally speaking, but this raw than that I've been talking about what you cannot always just lift someone else up because their behavior prohibits this. Paul dealing with the church in Corinth.

They were so abusing the communion table we getting drunk at the communion table in church. They were gorging themselves in church. There were gobbling up all the good things and leaving and rushing to the head of the line to get them so others couldn't get them in church pulses now and giving these instructions.

I do not praise you since you come together, not for the better but for the worse. Later on he says what you don't have houses to go even to come to the church and behave this way. What is your problem verse 11 of verse 22 of first Corinthians Lebanese or do you despise the church of God is a heavy hit to say to a Christian do use despise the church and shame. Those who have nothing because that's what they were doing.

James have to deal with the same thing in our rich guy comes and all you fawn all over him rose make you a board member, you must know everything your rich pulses. What shall I say to you, so I praise you in this. I do not praise you can come back and I'm sure that was a stone, do I do not praise you and if you get that Carinthia letter. He's constantly saying you know I don't have the be there to judge this guy. I do judge him what he is doing demands judgment is not like, well, don't judge your brother but this is a little bit too much in the flesh to look like a really go back and play the later on and see what I look anyway. I know this is ridiculous. I never look you know before I became a pastor is one of my my business. Now I gotta make sure edge of Jesse and O'Hare is in place and keep it on my eyes well up anyway my point. Verse seven is Peter took him by the hand was sometimes even beloved brothers and sisters, we don't really like to much we have to, you know, this can always bless theirs, and did, there are requirements of us. Immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. Now it back to the narrative. This is the age of apostolic wonders as Jesus promised you will do signs and wonders and they are doing them.

Peter is giving this man greater control of his destiny. Now verse eight so he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them walking, leaping and praising God first stop of this man. The house of God. That's where he goes first, is like the do you know the 10 lepers. But the one that came back and said, Lord, thank you.

And he wasn't even a child of the covenant and Jesus noted that I encourage you God answers your prayers. Remember to thank him. It's a good practice and it beneficial. It is beneficial. Well, now that this man can stand. There's no question where he stands now that he can stand up on his own 2 feet. There's no question where he stands out is that the case with us or do we still have cow workers apartment coworkers that don't know where believers because we are too timid. We don't want to let them know where you know why. Why is that now doesn't mean you have to walk around the sandwich board on announcing your faith what it does mean that when the door opened to say no I don't do that in a zoo why design I believe in Jesus Christ. That's why don't do that now you can draw fire another question I have this morning. In addition to, why should God do anything for us is we lose hope in Christ because we don't see the miraculous Don is true is not enough for us who believe Jesus taught on this. Then Jesus said to them, John chapter 4 unless you people see signs and wonders, you will by no means believe that was not us late minute was a rebuke.

More than a statement. This man is walking and leaping and praising even those legs that were certainly at the atrophy was just there. What Lake City have the richest limbs 40 years like this, and yet he's instantly restored. Verse nine and all the people who saw him walking and praising God.

Now we stop there because this is important. This is what leads to the sermon in the Next session that there were witnesses to this, it was.

Not enough to see this man standing that he had been the recipient of a miracle had to be some explanation to this and it had to be sound explanation and Peter's going to give that he's not going to let this slide is is a you see him healed. Let me tell you what's taking place. He does not want any thing to be vague about the work of Christ in this man's life. Verse 10 then they knew that it was he who sat begging alms at the beautiful gate of the temple and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him. Now that's Luke explaining what was going on but that's not Luke telling Peter what's going on. Peter knew what was happening. He did not need to know that they were filled. He knew he had an audience and he was going he learned his lesson the first time he preached on Joel and they do what we do.

Peter will this time Peter is not going to wait for them to ask is going to go right to it. Unless you were blind, as the world is, you'd miss this, but they were not blind and the world is blind or not blind to Satan.

They may not want to admit it is him for much of what they do. We understand these things, it says here, they were filled with wonder and amazement. Just like in acts chapter 2. Let's read it. Acts chapter 2, verse 43. Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles is the power of God in action. The wonder is the effect in the amazement.

That's of value there that gives you a chance to talk about a here's a paradox, is it still a miracle when someone believes in Jesus Christ without a miracle absolutely is.

Salvation is a miraculous event and if it were not so who needs God, I could just write a book to be very clever. I can just offer a convincing arguments and they still wouldn't believe it is the power of the Holy Spirit that bring somebody to Christ. What happened to him. That's what was used because these were difficult times.

How do you take such a religious people were determined to adhere to at least the name of Moses with all that they have in their religion. How do you let them know there's a new covenant now it what I would've rejected any new covenant were not put into the Scripture first that took away their excuse because the Old Testament illustrated announced it demonstrated the new covenant in the world wants to abolish the supernatural nature that belongs to face converting faith as well as serving faith. See you can be converted and believe in Jesus Christ would not be discipled and not grow and develop your faith. We need faith that continues and that proves the power of Christ and faith is not blind unbelief is not blind. Luke chapter 6 verse three and he spoke a parable to them, can the blind lead the blind will they not both fall into the ditch. May we not forget that because Christ expects us to be able to see Peter could see John could see and that's why they're being used. The spirit of antichrist is quick to ridicule faith in Christ, we are that a crisis quick to mess up our priorities to have us centered on other things not the essentials to have us major in the minors, but how come the world is not quick to ridicule Satan because of too much, too much but eat up next and I'm almost done. As I mentioned next. Peter will preach and then persecution will follow and the Christians in Jerusalem will be persecuted for telling the truth about Jesus Christ.

They will also make converts and every single one of those converts will be very grateful that there were those willing to suffer. To be able to preach the gospel. Nonetheless again, Stephen. If you switch get to heaven essay Stephen wasn't worth it. You seem to have been a young man very smart or strong and one day you preached Christ, and they killed you for it.

Was it worth it. And of course, without hesitation, he would say yes it was worth it. The apostle Paul is a fruit that one of the fruits that came out of his death. Let's hope we remember some of this stuff is being real to us as we head out this week into a world that ridicules Christ not put up. I mean you can soon stop and say as for me and my house truth you don't man in and in a move you've been listening to cross reference radio daily radio ministry pastor Rick Gaston of Calvary Chapel in Mechanicsville, Virginia. As we mentioned at the beginning of today's broadcast. Today's teaching is available free of charge at our website. Simply visit cross reference that's cross reference would also like to encourage you to subscribe to the cross reference radio podcast subscribing ensures that you stay current with all the latest teachings from pastor Rick, you can subscribe to cross reference Simply search for cross reference radio your favorite podcast to the next time as Pastor Rick continues teaching through the book of acts right here on cross reference radio

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