2/14/15 Daily Devotion

Acts 3:9-10 When all the people saw him walking and praising God, they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.

As he entered the temple, he was recognized. Some of them were probably his friends. Some were probably his acquaintances, but most of them knew him as the crippled man they passsed as they walked through the temple gate. They were utterly amazed at what they were observing. In seeing him, some probably felt that their doubts had come to light. Others, seeing his reaction as he entered the temple, were awestruck. They didn’t know what to believe. They didn’t know how to react. Still others praised God along with him, for they understood what had happened, and honored God for changing this man’s life. How do we react when we know God has moved within our lives? Do we jump to our feet and bring forth exclamations of joy, or do we just move forward? How we react to every situation is important. How we show our appreciation to God for all that He has done is important. How have you expressed your praise to God lately?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me show my appreciation for all You have done within my life through my continuous offering of praise.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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2/13/15 Daily Devotion

Acts 3:8 He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God.

Instead of doubting the power of God, the crippled man jumped to his feet fully embracing its existence. Following his rising, he immediately began praising God while he walked and jumped. It’s wonderful to know the excitement he was feeling. It is wonderful to know his appreciation was real. It is wonderful to know that he was enjoying his ability to walk and jump right into the temple. His heart was filled with gratitude. His heart was filled with praise, and he openly expressed this to all within the temple and probably for many days to come. Have you been changed by the shed blood of Jesus? Has your life been altered by the power of God? Can others see this in your daily activity, your daily routine?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me be appreciative of all that you have done within my life and the lives of those I love.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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2/12/15 Daily Devotion

Acts 3:7 Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong.

Instantly, the power of God heals the crippled man. Instantly, his life was changed forever. Instantly, he had an amazing story to share. It was not Peter who healed this man; it was God. Peter did nothing but believe that God was capable of healing. He did nothing but believe that this man could be given a chance at a new life because of Christ. Peter believed, and so did the crippled man. They both believed in the power of God. Now, we can imagine that the initial lifting to his feet must have been difficult. He was crippled. He could not walk, but Peter offers a new chance through a simple command: walk. He could have stayed on the mat. He could have chosen to remain in a defective state, but instead he chose to believe in the power of God. Do we believe in God in the same manner? Do we go to Him when we are sick, asking for healing? Do we go to Him, knowing that He can change our lives according to His will? Do we truly believe in what can happen if we allow God to work within our lives?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me believe in what You can do within my life. Help me believe and not doubt Your capabilities.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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2/11/15 Daily Devotion

Acts 3:6 Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.”

Peter, after the crippled man lifts up his head, after they meet eye to eye, offers him something he never expected, but it was all Peter had to give. Peter could not help financially. Instead, he offered the man a new outlook on life. He offered him a new way to live. He offered him a future, through healing in the name of Jesus. We cannot give what we do not possess. God does not expect us to offer away what we need to survive. He only expects us to give from our bounty, our plenty, our hearts. Giving is easy, as long as we have hearts that are willing to release what they own into the life of someone in need.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me become a person prone to sharing from my bounty.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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2/10/15 Daily Devotion

Acts 3:3-5 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, “Look at us!” So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.

Why did they have to tell the begger to look? Most beggars, as people were entering through the gate, would extend their hand up towards those passing by while they lowered the heads towards the ground. This happened because the beggars were treated as if they were lower on the spectrum of life as compared to others. Most people looked down upon them as if they were unimportant. Many looked at their condition as a result of sin. Some just didn’t care about them or the reason for their plight. This type of attitude for the Christian is unacceptable. We are not the judge of another’s life, but we are called to intervene wherever it is possible, wherever we can without straining our own existence.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me become willing to reach out to others in their time of need.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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2/9/15 Daily Devotion

Acts 3:1-2 One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer–at three in the afternoon. Now a man crippled from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts.

Two important things happen in these verses, two things that we should emulate within our lives. We must first take note of the importance of prayer. Peter and John were going to the temple to pray at the designated hour. They knew the importance of prayer, and they allowed it to remain an important part of their lives. The next important aspect we need to understand centers around friendship. A crippled man was carried into a position which gave him the opportunity to beg for assistance from those entering the temple gate. He was brought there by his friends, and this action allowed him the opportunity to seek a way to bring about a financial blessing into his family. Prayer and friendship are important aspects of life. They both bring about a positive attitude. They both bring about change. They both alter the current and future status of our existence. Everyone needs to come before God in prayer. Everyone needs the blessings of true friendship.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me embrace the importance of prayer and friendship, knowing that both of them have the power to alter my existence.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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2/7/15 Daily Devotion

Acts 2:47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

Their lives began to reflect the powerful presence of God that lived within. They praised Him and glorified Him, because He was God, because Jesus was the Lord of their lives. Their devotion, their powerful commitment, was noticed by God, as well as all the people. Their powerful commitment brought to them the favor of the people and a continual addition to their numbers from those who saw what God had done in their lives, which found them wanting the same. The effect that God has on our lives can only be prevented by our own desires. If we want to truly serve God, if we want Him to be the Lord of our lives, if we want others to find Him through us and our actions, we must present our lives in manner that reflects these desires. For if we do not our expressions of such are only hot air being released into the world.

Prayer Starter:

Lord help me see the need to sincerely desire to follow You at all times, in all ways.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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2/6/15 Daily Devotion

Acts 2:46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts,

There is something to be said of the church as it began to roll forward, and that is centered around their commitment. They got together every day. They shared in each others’ lives every day. They partook of communion every day. They ate together every day. The amazing thing to add is that they did it with glad and sincere hearts. How many of us go to bed on Saturday evening dreading the sounding of Sunday’s alarm? How many of us come home from a long day of work on Wednesday and dread the existence of the evening Bible study at church? How is it that the early church embraced this so well, and we fail so often? It has everything to do with commitment. Once they found Jesus, once He changed their lives, they made Him the center of their lives, their reason for existence. Does the same happen within our lives? Can we honestly say that we are COMMITTED to Christ and His ways? Sometimes, maybe yes, but not as we should, not as God requires. We need to remove anything that stands in the way of our relationship with God, and we need to do this before it’s too late.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me see what I have placed before You so I can change my focus before it’s too late.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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2/5/15 Daily Devotion

Acts 2:45 Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need.

This is amazing. They were so concerned with each other that they were willing to give that which was their own in order to stand in the gap for another, in order to be there for them when a need arose. Most churches, most Christians, are willing to go so far to help someone. Most churches, most Christians, are willing to do so much; but after that, there is a great amount of hesitation. Why do we hesitate? Our hesitation centers around trust. We trust those within our circle, those that we know very well, but we have a hard time trusting others. These people, those being described in here in Acts, did not know everything about each other. In fact, some of them had just met when the events of Pentecost had taken place. What they had together was a common, new found focus, a new purpose, that centered around Jesus. The reason why they were so quick to reach out in service is simple. They did so because they were helping their family, their brothers and sisters in Christ. Do our actions reflect the same attitude?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me understand what I can do to help those in need, especially my brothers and sisters in Christ.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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2/4/15 Daily Devotion

Acts 2:44 All the believers were together and had everything in common.

It’s hard to imagine such a large group of people having everything in common. It’s hard to imagine even a few people, a few friends, having everything in common. So how is it possible that they would have had everything in common? The answer had everything to do with their focus; it had everything to do with that which came to be important within their lives. What was their focus? Simply stated, their focus was Jesus. Nothing else mattered. It was all about Jesus. It was all for His glory. It was all for the edification. Can the same be said of us and our families? Do we have a powerful, common focus on Jesus? Do we have a powerful desire to constantly learn more and more about Jesus?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help my life be a reflection of that which defines Your presence and my desire to follow You.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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