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“How to help people (2)” by “The Daily Encouraging Word”

From The Encouraging Word Ministries

From The Daily Encouraging Word

“What I do have I give you.” Ac 3:6 NKJV Notice two things in this story. First: It’s important to know what you have and don’t have. “Peter said, ‘Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you.’” You must become comfortable in your own skin and confident in your calling. Paul writes: “Let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without…trying to be something we aren’t. If you preach, just preach God’s Message, nothing else; if you help, just help, don’t take over; if you teach, stick to your teaching; if you give encouraging guidance, be careful that you don’t get bossy; if you’re put in charge, don’t manipulate; if you’re called to give aid to people in distress, keep your eyes open and be quick to respond; if you work with the disadvantaged, don’t let yourself get irritated with them or depressed by them. Keep a smile on your face. Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it” (Ro 12:6-9 TM). Second: Learn to recognize the difference between what people want and what they truly n eed. Sometimes they need to be strengthened; other times they need to be stretched. Sometimes they need comfort, not correction; other times they need correction, not comfort. This lame man didn’t need a handout—he needed a hand up. And that’s what Peter gave him. “He took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength” (Ac 3:7 NKJV). So in order to help people you must love them, recognize what they need, know what you have to offer, and connect with them at the point of their need.

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“How to help people (1)” by “The Daily Encouraging Word”

From The Encouraging Word Ministries

From The Daily Encouraging Word

“Peter…went up…to the temple at the hour of prayer.” Ac 3:1 NKJV The Bible says: “Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer…And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple…to ask alms from those who entered…who, seeing Peter and John…asked for alms…Peter said, ‘Look at us.’ So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. Then Peter said, ‘Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.’ And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength” (vv. 1-7 NKJV). Notice two things: (1) Miracles happen in ordinary moments. This man was probably no stranger to Peter and John; they walked past him daily. But this day was different. Peter said, “Look at us. We have the answer you need.” Supernatural faith rose up in Peter’s heart, causing him to see an opportunity to glorify God, and he seized it. (2) You must be prepared when your moment comes. You can’t give what you don’t have. You can’t tell what you don’t know. You can’t share what you don’t feel. You can’t give out of a vacuum. The fact is, nothing great is created suddenly; it takes time. Three and a half years of walking with Christ, listening to His messages, and seeing His miracles had prepared the apostles for this moment. So had the ten days they’d just spent in the upper room being filled with the Holy Spirit. So the word for you today is: To help people, you must be prepared!

TheEncouragingWord.org • 866-899-WORD (9673)
P.O.Box 2110 • Spartanburg, SC 29304
info@theencouragingword.org

Copyright © 2018 The Encouraging Word, Inc All rights reserved.

Our mailing address: The Encouraging Word, Inc.
The Encouraging Word, Inc
PO Box 2110
Spartanburg, South Carolina 29304

RG2Cents I’ve been receiving emails from “The Daily Encouraging Word” for years and always find them edifying and inspiring. To receive emails (or snail mails) of lessons like this, click on the following link: The Daily Encouraging Word