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What DO we believe? Lesson 5 (page 3)

Acts 3:6 Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.

Acts 3:7 And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.

Acts 3:8 And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.

Acts 3:9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God:

This man stood up immediately and walked. He did not have to go to a rehab to learn to walk! He had been lame from his mother's womb. He had never learned to walk! Yet he stood up, walked, and went leaping and praising God!! No problem is too hard for God to solve.
Acts 3:10 And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him.

Acts 3:11 And as the lame man which was healed held Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch that is called Solomon's, greatly wondering

Acts 3:12 And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?

Acts 3:13 The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go.

Acts 3:14 But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you;

Acts 3:15 And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.

Acts 3:16 And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.

Acts 4:4 Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed; and the number of the men was about five thousand.


James 2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

James 2:26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

James 2:18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.

1 Thessalonians 4:11 And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;

2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Faith and works or working go hand and hand. It is not enough to simply ask God for a better job. If we want a better job we must be willing to work for it. Study to show thyself approved has both natural and spiritual significance. So you want to be a brain surgeon, you can pray everyday to become a brain surgeon, but, unless you are willing to study the long hours that are necessary to be approved by the American Medical Board you will never become a surgeon. This also applies to young people. You must go to school for at least 12 years. Why not study hard, get yourself a good education while you are in school, and this will make the rest of your life a lot easier. The more education you have the easier your work life will be. If you need help when you are doing all you can do, then God will help you. He is the source of all knowledge. He will give you knowledge if you ask him and then do your own homework.

We can not expect God to do for us what is reasonable to do for ourselves. If we know how to fix our problem, then fix it. If we have a problem that is too hard for us then don't try to tell God how to fix it. Tell him the problem and ask him to fix it. Then stand back and allow him to work. Many times we continue asking for something that we think will solve a problem, when we should only be telling God what the problem is and asking him to fix it. His ways are not our ways. Often times I have been amazed at the simple answer to what I thought was a complex problem. God can supply your needs. He does not need us to tell him how.


Matthew 8:5 And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him,

Matthew 8:8 The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.

Matthew 8:13 And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.

Many times people are healed through intercessory faith by someone who cares. It is through no faith of the individual who is healed, but the faith of a friend who cares. The recipient of this healing had nothing to do with the process. The centurion asked God for him.