A Daily Word from the Word for Thursday, June 19, 2014
“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.’” – Acts 3:6
What is greater than all the silver and gold in the world? Even the richest man who ever lived, King Solomon, acknowledged that life without God was absolutely meaningless (Ecclesiastes 1). If Solomon was alive today, calculations estimate he would be worth in the trillions—far surpassing the richest billionaire of our age. So we are wise to heed the words of this king.
Peter knew this as well. And he made sure that the lame man before him also was fully aware that nothing of this world, no worldly wealth, could produce anything of real importance. 1 John 2:17 testifies of this truth, as it memorializes its decrees on the walls of the universe: “The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.” Matthew 1:19-21 comes in agreement with this testimony, as it instructs “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Peter knew that the vainglory of silver and gold could not buy the free gift of eternal life found only through Jesus Christ. The apostle was redirecting this man’s hopes, from the empty promises and deceitful riches of a dead world, to the power found only in the Rivers of Living Water. The Name above every name testifies of Himself in that “Whoever drinks of this water [worldly ways] will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:13-14).
The two instances of “have” as used in this verse come from two completely different Greek words and meanings. The first “have,” in which Peter was referencing the silver and gold that he did not have, is huparcho (pr. hoop-ar-kho) and means “come into existence” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance); whereas, the second application, of what Peter does have is echo (pr. echo), which is “literal or figurative possession.” Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines “possession” as “the act of having or taking control.”
What do you try to make “come into existence” on your own, my brother? Do you have money on your mind, or God on your mind? Do you pride yourself on being a “self-made man,” or a “God-made man?” The first will accomplish nothing, but the second—the “Greater is He Who is in me than he who is in the world,” the “I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me” will cause you to move mountains! (1 John 4:4, Philippians 4:13).
And what about you, my sister? How are you trying to make things happen? Getting frustrated with your own efforts? Maybe its time to try something different. Hear what Heaven is saying to you: “‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty” (Zechariah 4:6).
In order to possess the land, as Joshua did, we must possess the Spirit of the Living God, which is given only through the Son of God and Son of man, Jesus Christ. In order to take control over those things, those situations, circumstances, and relationships, you must possess the anointing which breaks every yoke (Isaiah 10:27); and only comes from the power of the Living God.
What Peter did have to give cannot be purchased with all the money in the world. His gift was didomi (pr. did-o-mee), which is to “minister, have power.” Wealth and prestige cannot minister to people—only the power found in the Name of Jesus can.
In New Testament times, Jesus did not give people what they wanted. He cared too much about people to give in to their wasteful whims of want. The Son of God gave them something far more valuable, life-changing, and permanent: He gave them what they needed. The Christ gave them the words of eternal life.
We still live in the New Testament times, and the Savior is still the Good News of today! And He still ministers to people through His Holy Spirit, giving us what we need. Hebrews 13:8 affirms the sovereignty of the Savior as it sings throughout the universe: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever!”
The Apostle Paul knew what real power was. He walked and operated in it, drank it in, and let it occupy every cell in his body. He changed lives with it, stood on it, and did not waiver from it: “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16).
I say to you this day, as 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 because I possess Jesus, I am as rich as King Solomon, and I always have more than enough to give, to meet the needs of others. What about you, family? Are you ready to trade up?
Father, thank You for making us rich in every way, and giving us more than enough so that we can be generous to others on every occasion resulting in Thanksgiving unto You (2 Corinthians 9:11). Help us Holy God, to seek first Your Kingdom and Your righteousness (Matthew 6:33). In Jesus Name, we thank You for helping us to refocus our hearts on Your True Treasure, which is found only in Your Son, our Lord and Savior. Amen and Amen.
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to forsake the deceitful riches of the world for the endless and incorruptible Treasure of Heaven. Practice putting God first in everything you do, trusting Him as your Source, and He will provide for you; for it is God who gives you the power to obtain wealth, it is the Father of us all who gives the increase (Deuteronomy 8:18, 1 Corinthians 3:6). And continue to fight the good fight of investing in Heaven; for God, your Eternal Return on Investment, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2014, unless otherwise noted.