Tuesday, July 10, 2007

acts 9:32-43

Daily Devotional – Tuesday July 10, 2007
Acts 9:32-43
Lord, bless me with understanding and clarity. Open me to your message and love.

We continue with the Acts of the Apostles. In today’s reading we have Peter healing Aene’as and Tabitha. In the case of Aene’as, Peter says to him”…Jesus Christ heals you, rise and make your bed. Peter recognizes the power to heal comes from Jesus and not from himself. In the case of Tabitha, he raises her from the dead. Before he raises her he puts aside the tunics and other garments that that she made. By doing so he put away her former life and raised her into a new life. She was born again in Christ.

These are examples of the power of God released through the Apostles. These events preceded the conversion of Paul and explosion of God’s power through him. The early Christians had power they did not know they had. It was essential that Christ’s followers use and demonstrate that power while doing good. Both Aene’as and Tabitha were recognized and respected in the community. The healing of these two people showed God’s power being used in a very positive way. This proof of God’s love brought conversions.

We had a death in the family this week. My daughter’s and grandchildren’s cat passed away. She was 15 years old and had lived a good life. She was loved dearly by her family. My daughter found her late at night. This was the 1st time the children had experienced death up close and personal. It really shook them. The concept of cats in heaven came into play. Noah told some friends that his cat had died and had gone to heaven. A “friend” challenged him on that and said that cat’s don’t go to heaven. Noah asked for a bible reference to support his “belief” that his cat was indeed in heaven. I thank God for the internet and Google because they produced the evidence required.

God does make us all new in rebirth. This rebirth will happen when our life is finished here on earth or can also happen when our soul is refreshed through spiritual renewal. Either way, the power of God is ever present to protect and keep us even to the end of our days; not only for us but also for our pets that we love.

God is good! AMEN

John Dickie, July 10, 2007

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