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HOPE FOR THE APPLE FAR FROM ITS TREE

What was it like to be that demon possessed girl in Act 16? She was an apple fallen hopelessly far from her Righteous God, her tree. From the perspective of Psalm 143 today we may have a clearer view of her hopelessness.

Psalm 143 helps us understand her demon master. The girl pleads, unheard by mortals, “Hear me, Lord, I am crushed and persecuted. An enemy overwhelms me and I am its slave. Then she encountered God through a man named Paul. She may have cried from the depths of her heart: “Answer me! Deliver me! Revive me!” In that moment the demon is gone from her. With a free mind, she witnessed Paul’s beating and imprisonment. Later she heard of Paul’s miraculous earthquake jail break and witnessed the transformation of the jail keeper and his family. She may have heard the answer she needed as Paul told the jail keeper: “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved - you and your household.”

So the girl, formally the demon possessed slave, has a decision to make. Think it through with her. “Lord, You have answered me. Lord, You have delivered me.” Let’s hope she answers Him in faith: “Lord, save me, your servant for the sake of Your name.”

Do you also walk this path of overwhelmed? Remember Him. He answers you. Teaches you. Delivers you. Revives you. Saves you His servant. In eternity, may we all meet the slave girl from Acts 16 and together proclaim, “free to serve Him!”

 

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JARS, JUNIOR AND JUMPING

One way that the Lord displays His almighty power in the scriptures is through the performance of miracles. However, God doesn’t perform miracles simply to “sensationalize” Himself or to “astound” those who witness them, but to show His love toward mankind and to remind them that He alone is all powerful. He also has complete discretion as to those on whom He bestows His miraculous power – whether on believers or unbelievers.

In the Old Testament, a widow of one of Elisha’s fellow prophets was destitute, but Elisha told her to collect as many empty jars as she could and to fill them from her only flask of olive oil. So, “she did as she was told” (she believed) – and soon every container was filled to the brim, allowing her to sell the olive oil and pay off her debts and have money left over! (2 Kings 4:1-7)

Also, in 2 Kings 4:8-17, a childless woman from the town of Shunem who provided room and board to Elisha was told by the prophet that she would bear a son the following year, even though her husband was old. She responded (in disbelief), “No my lord, please don’t lie to me like that, O man of God.”  But soon she became pregnant and “the following year she had a son, just as Elisha had said.”

In the New Testament (Acts 14:8-9), the Apostle Paul tells a lame man in the city of Lystra to “stand up”. The man “jumped to his feet and started walking.”  Paul saw that this man “had faith to be healed” (he believed).

Thus, the Lord uses whomever He wishes to be the instrument of His acts of lovingkindness, so that people will turn from worthless things and trust in Him – the living God!  Acts 14:8-18

  

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