Read Acts 5:1-20
Key Verse: Acts 5:20 “Go to the Temple and give the people this message of life.” (NLT)
The early church had it’s share of problems. Everything was not perfect for them. They were being persecuted by the Jews and the Romans, and even within the church there were problems. Annanias and Sapphira are good examples of how important it is to do things for the Lord with a pure heart.
They gave some of the money that they made by selling their field to the to the disciples. The problem was that they lied about it and tried to make themselves look good. They wanted to appear to be as generous as the man named Joseph from Acts 4:36-37 who gave all he made from selling his property.
Despite all the troubles that the believers faced they experienced much of the power of the Holy Spirit. Verse 15 tells us that the Holy Spirit’s power was so real in them that whenever their shadows fell upon someone who was sick that person would be healed.
Sometimes we are afraid to stand-up and Act Out for God because we think people will not be able to see past our problems and mistakes. We need to learn to trust the Holy Spirit’s power in our lives. Everyone struggles. The important thing is to continue to trust God and to determine in your heart that you will not be silent. We can only know the true power of God’s presence in us when we Act Out for God and let Him show us what He can do.
Prayer: “Lord, thank-you for your power in my life even when I make mistakes. Help me to move beyond my mistakes and live in your power.”