Acts 9:31

"Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee, and Samaria enjoyed a time of peace. It was strengthened; and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it grew in numbers, living in the fear of the Lord." New International Version

In this verse, we see that God gave the church a period of rest. We are told that, during this period, the church was strengthened by the Holy Spirit. 

The same can happen in each of us as well as in groups of "the church". We must strive to keep in mind that this time of rest had a purpose (strengthening by the Holy Spirit) and realize that it is a temporary period and not get too comfortable. 

It is easy to stay in a period of rest and not go back to work and that really describes most of the "church" today.

Acts 9:32 - 35

"As Peter traveled about the country, he went to visit the saints in Lydda. There he found a man named Aeneas, a paralytic who had been bedridden for eight years. 'Aeneas,' Peter said to him, 'Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and take care of your mat.' Immediately Aeneas got up. All those who lived in Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord. New International Version

This passage gives us a great example of faith. We see Peter exhibit his faith by boldly proclaiming "Jesus Christ heals you" to Aeneas. Peter simply believed in the power of Christ and put it into action. We also see faith in Aeneas who also believed that Jesus could heal him and so he immediately got up. The passage is also a good example of what happens when people exhibit their faith in Jesus Christ. We are told that all who saw Aeneas after he was healed "turned to the Lord". Because of the faith of Peter and Aeneas, those in the area were able to see God at work. When people see God at work in His children, they turn to the Lord because they want God to work in their lives as well. We must each look around us to see if our faith is being exhibited. Just like Peter and Aeneas, if our faith is being exhibited, people will be turning to the Lord.

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