In our time today, let's look at these passages in order.
From Psalm 71, we learn of God's constant help in our lives from childhood to old age; our lives are a testimony of what God has done for us and in us. We should proclaim his deeds to all that will listen of his lifetime of blessing, the consistency of his grace and to trust him for the future, including the benefits of following and living for God.
In these Acts chapters, we see the boldness of Peter and John as they are filled with the Holy Spirit and proclaim what God had done in the past in the holy name of Jesus. Then the place where they were gathered was shaken as a testimony of the presence of God. This fourth chapter goes on to describes the lifestyle of the believers: that they were of one heart and soul and claimed no private ownership of any of their possessions. Further testimony was given of the resurrection of Jesus. The first few verses of Acts chapter five gives us an account of those lying to try to deceive God and his people about their relationship with him, resulting in the erosion of the testimony for Christ and his church.
This leads us to our next passage of 2 Samuel 13, where King David now faces sins within his own family, similar to those he committed not more than two chapters earlier. The former sin in his life now manifested in the life of his children with the same pattern of rape, cover-up and murder.
If you are a parent, you can't always control what your children do, but you can live by God's standards and give them a great life example. We need to live our lives as an open testimony for Christ, both for our children and for others who we are trying to influence for Christ.
If any part of King David's life is your current reality, there is a way out, and it starts right back with Psalm 71 with God's consistent help for us and then, working your way through Acts chapter 4 and 5, with the leading of the Holy Spirit.
'When you thought I wasn't looking
I saw you hang my first picture on the fridge
and I immediately wanted to paint you another one.
When you thought I wasn't looking, I heard you say a prayer and
Share your testimony, and I know that there was a God I could always
talk to and learn to trust him.
When you thought I wasn't looking, I looked at you
and wanted to say, 'Thank you for all the
things I saw when you thought I wasn't looking'.
Servant extraordinaire, Chris loves helping others!