Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Acts 12:1-16

Daily Devotional – Tuesday July 17, 2007
Acts 12:1-16
Lord, bless me with understanding and clarity. Open me to your message and love.

Greetings dear reader. I wish you God’s blessing and the hope that this summer is providing you a vacation and the opportunity for physical and spiritual renewal. I look forward to my vacation at the end of August. Till then I proceed with my work just as the early Christians did in today’s reading from Acts. This is another very powerful story showing God’s presence in the lives of those that believed in him. We read of Peter being arrested by Herod and put into prison to satisfy the Jews during Passover. We fear that Peter will also be killed. However, this is not God’s plan.

God sends an angel who releases Peter and allows him to escape. Peter then goes to a large group of believers. Knowing that Peter was in prison and was about to die, they thought he was an angel and then Peter tells them that he was saved by God’s angel. This is another example of God showing himself to his people after Christ’s resurrection. They need this evidence and to see his presence with them to know that he is a living God and that he resides with and in them.

Do you believe in angels? I do. I have angels all around me. Some are spiritual and some times they are people around me that show me that God is alive and well and working through them. I see examples of kindness and sacrifice that prove God’s presence. Mankind is not loving, caring and willing to sacrifice by his own nature. God has the power to change human nature. We read about this power in the Acts of the Apostles and we see it all around us every day if we look for it. May you see it today and may you and I show our love of God by being and angel and a faithful witness of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


John Dickie, July 17, 2007

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