May 13/Acts 6

I believe that issues with people in the church begin when people stop focusing on the word of God and begin to focus on people.  The word of God teaches us how to treat people. Without the word within us our treatment of people begins to suffer; actually they begin to suffer. My relationship with my wife begins to go downhill when I forget to lay down my life for her, to put her first, to be patient and kind and not keep a record of wrongs. You understand what I am saying right? The bible says the word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. If I lose the light I lose sight on how to treat people.

Psalm 119:105 (NLT) — 105 Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.

Ephesians 5:25–28 (NLT) — 25 For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her 26 to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word. 27 He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault. 28 In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. For a man who loves his wife actually shows love for himself.

1 Corinthians 13:4–6 (NLT) — 4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.

Verses 1-4 > So here we have an issue in the church. The church was growing so fast with people that apparently the apostles started taking more time with feeding the people physical food and they were neglecting the spiritual food hence the problems. When they realized what was happening they called a ‘time out’ and said, “We have been neglecting teaching the word and prayer! We should have been teaching on Christian behavior. We should have been teaching that everyone stands equal before the Lord. No one is better than anyone else. We should have been praying. Hey lets get some godly men to handle the food program so we can get back to what God called us to do.” And so they did. And so the issues were solved. They needed godly men because godly men spend time in God’s word and prayer!

2 Timothy 3:16–17 (NLT) — 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. 17 God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.

Hebrews 4:12 (NLT) — 12 For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.

Matthew 26:41 (NLT) — 41 Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!”

When you have issues with people and you get all bothered inside and you lose your peace and the joy of the Lord; could it be that you have neglected God’s word and time in prayer? When you give in to temptation could it be that you have neglected God’s word and time in prayer? When you have lost your way in life or your purpose or you are thinking more of yourself than you should; could it be that you have neglected God’s word and time in prayer? When you get irritable, frustrated, and slanderous or gossipy could it be that you have neglected God’s word and time in prayer?

These things usually indicate that your flesh or your selfishness has overpowered your spirit.  A strong spirit is maintained by absorbing God’s word, obeying it and having fellowship(prayer, communication) with the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 4:4 (NLT) — 4 But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Colossians 1:6 (NLT) — 6 This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God’s wonderful grace.

The word and prayer change lives and dissolve many issues!

Philippians 4:6–7 (NLT) — 6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Godly men and women feed on God’s word and they pray; that’s us Hilltop!

Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    In the last chapter the resources were brought and shared equally but at the start of this chapter there was questions about possible preference. The apostles were not able to perform there duties because there was noone showing there spiritual gift of helps. Therefore 7 people with the gift of helps were chosen which released the Apostles to pray and released Stephen’s giftings. This led to jelousy among the Jews and Stephen’s arrest. The lesson in this chapter is that God’s work is not a one man show and to release the Holy Spirit’s power we need to release our giftings.