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Summary: One man lost a valuable watch wile working in an icehouse. He searched diligently for it, carefully raking through the sawdust, but did not find it. His fellow workers also looked, but their efforts, too, proved futile. A small boy who heard about the fr

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Acts 4:1-35

The Person God Uses

In Directions, James Hamilton writes;

Before refrigerators, people used icehouses to preserve their food. Icehouses had thick walls, no windows, and a tightly fitted door: In winter, when streams and lakes were frozen, large blocks of ice were cut, hauled to the icehouses, and covered with sawdust. Often the ice would last well into the summer.

One man lost a valuable watch wile working in an icehouse. He searched diligently for it, carefully raking through the sawdust, but did not find it. His fellow workers also looked, but their efforts, too, proved futile. A small boy who heard about the fruitless search slipped into the icehouse during the noon hour and soon emerged with the watch.

Amazed, the men asked him how he found it.

“I closed the door,” the boy replied, “lay down in the sawdust, and kept very still. Soon I heard the watch ticking”

Often the question is not whether God is speaking, but whether we are being still enough, and quiet enough, to hear.

I’ve come to share with you today that God wants to use you!

I hope you heard what I said; He wants to use you. That should give you reason to be optimistic today.

This story here in Acts is an incredible story.

Peter and John are on the way to the temple to pray.

They come upon this man who has been crippled from birth.

Peter speaks to him telling him that he doesn’t have silver or gold but what he does have he gives to him and in Jesus name he is healed.

They go into the temple and the man Is praising God.

The religious leaders are not happy!

Three Observations: The religious leaders had trouble…

1. They had trouble with the message – vs. 2

The religious leaders didn’t like Peter and John proclaiming the message of Jesus Christ. Let that be a lesson to us today. The opposition you encounter may come more from the religious people than it will the secular people!

2. They had trouble with the results – vs. 4

Can you imagine? Here is this man who has been crippled from birth up walking and leaping and praising God and they are not happy about it. What he did testified to the power of God, God’s ability to perform miracles and this just didn’t sit well with the religious leaders.

3. They had trouble with the source – vs. 7-10

Who had healed the man? God did – through Peter. Peter didn’t heal the man God did. The religious leaders had a God problem. We must understand that. They may have thought their problem was with Peter and John but their problem was with God.

This story encourages me in many ways. I would like to share four of those ways with you today. Because I have a feeling that you will find yourself in one of these four descriptions of persons that God uses.

Ands wherever you find yourself I want you to know God can use you.

So if you are ready let’s look at the person God uses.

1. God uses ordinary people – vs. 13

Notice what they took note of. They took notice of their formal schooling. They took notice of their degrees. They took notice of their preferred social status. Right?


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