Thursday, April 27, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - The Purpose Of Miracles







Thursday April 27

Bible Reading:     Acts 3: 11 - 26

Topic:         The Purpose Of Miracles

The miracle of the healing of the cripple at the Beautiful Gate shows that miracles are supposed to create an opportunity to preach the Gospel.

The excitement over the healing brought a crowd of people and Peter and John used the opportunity to preach to them.

Peter first explained that the miracle glorified and exalted Jesus (v. 13) and proved Him to be the Messiah.

He then indicted his Jewish listeners for scorning Jesus, denying Him in the presence of Pilate, exchanging Him for a murderer and handing Him over to be crucified.

Peter nevertheless had awesome good news for them: "Repent therefore and be converted that your sin may be blotted out ..." (v. 19)

Through this miracle and the message that followed, about five thousand people were converted.

While the miracle attracted the crowd, it was the Word of God that brought them to Jesus, the Giver of eternal life.

Today, the purpose of miracle is increasingly misplaced. It is either used to promote the Ministry of the Preacher or to advertise the worth of a Church. Jesus is hardly mentioned in the list of people to be recognized.

Are you promoting miracles or Jesus?

Prayer:

Lord, may the desire for miracles not replace the desire for Your Word in my life, Amen

Memory Verse:   Acts 3: 19

"Repent ye therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord"

Source:     The Daily Fountain
(The Daily Devotional Guide of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion)

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