2/28/15 Daily Devotion

Acts 4:21-22 After further threats they let them go. They could not decide how to punish them, because all the people were praising God for what had happened. For the man who was miraculously healed was over forty years old.

The man had been crippled for more than forty years. People had watched him beg for assistance at the temple gates for many years in an attempt to bring provisions into his family. A multitude knew him and his circumstances, thus making it harder for the religious leaders to thwart the results of this miracle. They threatened Peter and John. They wanted to punish them, but they couldn’t decide what could be done, because the people were standing on the side of God, offering Him praise and glory for the miracle that had happened, for the change in this man’s life. How could they punish Peter and John without receiving arguments from the crowd? How could they step in front of this movement, while it was moving at such a powerful pace? No one can stand in the way of God. Nothing can stop that which God has ordained. If we are following the will of God, we cannot go wrong. We cannot be stopped. If is the essential word in those statements. If, if we are following God. If we are seeking to serve God in every way. If we are striving to put Him first within our lives. Is your life filled with ifs, or have you chosen to take a stand?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me choose to live for You, even as this world turns against You.

De. Jeff Krupinski

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2/27/15 Daily Devotion

Acts 4:18-20 Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John replied, “Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God’s sight to obey you rather than God. For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”

It would have been easier for Peter and John to discontinue speaking about Jesus. They knew that they were risking their lives. They knew that they were becoming the next targets of the religious leaders. They were witness to what had happened to Jesus, and they were ready to endure anything that was brought forth. Their words are very inspiring, “We cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.” They stood up for Jesus when others were cowering away in fear. They took a stand because Jesus had done the same for all mankind. How often do we act in this manner? When the heat is on, when people are pushing against us, do we stand up for Jesus? As the world turns more and more away from Jesus, will we remain steadfast?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me stand firm upon my belief in You and my desire to follow Your ways, even when I am being criticized for for my choices.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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2/26/15 Daily Devotion

Acts 4:13-17 When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. But since they could see the man who had been healed standing there with them, there was nothing they could say. So they ordered them to withdraw from the Sanhedrin and then conferred together. “What are we going to do with these men?” they asked. “Everybody living in Jerusalem knows they have done an outstanding miracle, and we cannot deny it. But to stop this thing from spreading any further among the people, we must warn these men to speak no longer to anyone in this name.”

This is an interesting aspect of scripture. The religious leaders knew that the healing of this man was a miracle, yet they didn’t care. They knew that Peter and John were changing lives, yet they didn’t care. They didn’t care because the miracle that happened didn’t line up with their needs. They didn’t care because the efforts of Peter and John didn’t line up with their desires. So instead of embracing the movement of God, they were devising ways to halt His movement among the people. They were upset, but is that really surprising? We get the same way at times. We become agitated when we feel like we are not getting the response we desire. We get angry when we are not getting the results we feel we are entitled to receive. We feel this way because God is supposed to be on our side, but so many times it seems like He is working against our wishes. God can do anything He chooses. He can reverse any situation, if He chooses. He can change change any circumstance we are going through, if He chooses. But God knows exactly what we need, and His actions or lack thereof occur with this in mind. Sometimes things happen. Sometimes we must endure situations. Sometimes we must feel pain, but in the end we will become better people and better servants of God.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me find peace within Your presence as I endure what life brings.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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2/25/15 Daily Devotion

Acts 4:12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”

The world will give us many paths to take, many options to choose from, but, as it pertains to salvation, there is only one way. Many who claim to be messengers of God will bring forth a plan of salvation, a plan that utilizes the directives of man mixed in with some of the preferred directives of God. They bring forth these ideologies and present them as fact, as the absolute truth, but many of them are contrary to scripture. If the plan of salvation does not include Jesus, forgiveness, repentance, and baptism, it is not representing the ways of God. How can this be said? It’s simple: these are the desires of Jesus as they were expressed in scripture. He is the way, the only way, and His plan of salvation is the only way for us to be saved.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me proclaim Your ways and not my version of Your ways.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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2/24/15 Daily Devotion

Acts 4:8-10 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people! If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a cripple and are asked how he was healed, then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed.

Peter’s words are specifically directed to the religious leaders. As he brings forth this disheartening statement, Luke specifically mentions that Peter was not acting upon his own desires or observations; but instead he was filled with the Holy Spirit, speaking on behalf of God. He tells them that this man was healed through the name of Jesus, the same man that they led off to be crucified. Peter was not acting in a forceful manner. He was simply, under the direction of the Holy Spirit, speaking the truth. The truth is relative. In some situations, people prefer to spare someone’s feelings and not share the absolute truth, but what good does this do for them and their situations? We must be willing to bring forth the truth of the gospel, the whole entire truth, in such a way that it serves to guide people to the cross, thus showing them the path to salvation.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me share the truth of the gospel in such a way that it will help people change without pushing them farther away from You, father away from salvation.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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2/23/15 Daily Devotion

Acts 4:1-4 The priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to Peter and John while they were speaking to the people. They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead. They seized Peter and John, and because it was evening, they put them in jail until the next day. But many who heard the message believed, and the number of men grew to about five thousand.

As Peter and John proclaimed the truth of Jesus, there was a mixed reaction from the crowd. The religious leaders did not appreciate their message because it took away from their personal glory, their personal elevation within the eyes of the people. This is what they lived for. This is what they desired. They loved to be on the top, they loved it when they were elevated above the “common.” Then there was the reaction of the common. The majority of them embraced the teaching centered around Jesus. The majority of them embraced the ideology of Jesus. In their anger, the religious leaders placed Peter and John in jail, hoping it would thwart their efforts. Instead, the number of those who believed increased by more than five thousand. Their efforts brought about changed lives. Consider now what results your efforts to spread the gospel have brought forth.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me make an energetic effort to share the gospel with others.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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2/21/15 Daily Devotion

Acts 3:23 Anyone who does not listen to him will be completely cut off from among his people.’

It’s simple: we follow God. We do as He has requested, or we are cut off from among His people. We can’t play Christian; we must choose to be one at all times. We can’t be Christians now and not later in front of our friends. We can’t be Christians on Sunday and not the remaining part of the week. Being a Christian, being a servant of God is much more than expressing this fact with words alone. Being a Christian, being a servant of God is a lifestyle, a lifestyle that we choose to live on a daily basis.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me make the daily decision to live my life powerfully for You.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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2/20/15 Daily Devotion

Acts 3:17 “Now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did your leaders.

We try to use this same excuse today. We claim that it’s not really our fault that we sin, because we are acting in ignorance. We can make this claim all we want, but it will not stand up on the day of our judgment. The Bible is clear as it states that all have knowledge that God exists. Those to whom Peter is speaking did not have the whole story. They did not have all the information needed to make an informed decision. We have all the necessary information, thus we are left without excuse. We are left without justification for our sins. On the day we stand before God, we can say anything we want, but it will do us no good, for God knows the true content of our hearts and our intentions.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me understand that I will be held accountable for my actions while upon this earth.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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2/19/15 Daily Devotion

Acts 3:16 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 given this complete healing to him, as you can all see.

Faith was the foundation of his healing. Faith was the reason he was given a new lease on life. Faith was that which brought him into a new beginning. Faith is always the beginning of our transformation, for without faith what will we allow to happen? When we walk in faith, we trust in God more. When we trust in God more, we are able to experience great things, great things that come as the result of His blessings.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me find a way to possess a powerful faith that focuses on You and You alone.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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2/18/15 Daily Devotion

Acts 3:15 You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this.

Harsh, but truthful words. They killed the author of life, but this was all in accordance to the will of God. They didn’t understand this to be factual, even the disciples believed that Jesus was gone and was gone forever. They experienced His resurrection in numerous ways making them witnesses to the event of His death and resurrection. This is why Peter could stand with such confidence. This is why Peter could bring forth this heart wrenching message so easily. This is why Peter had to stand before them and share the message of Christ. Peter brought forth information about the resurrection that he had witnessed, events that he understood, situations that he had knowledge about. If Peter had so much information to bring forth, how can God expect us to stand up and bring His presence into this world? While we cannot speak of the resurrection, we can speak about what the resurrection has done within our lives. While we are not firsthand witnesses, we are witnesses to what He has done in our lives. We have a story, just as Peter, to share with the world. The question is this: are we willing to stand up and share?

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me have the confidence to stand up and share what you have done within my life.

Dr. Jeff Krupinski

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