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Bible Text: There was a believer in Joppa named Tabitha (which in Greek is Dorcas). She was always doing kind things for others and helping the poor.  About this time she became ill and died... But Peter asked them all to leave the room; then he knelt and prayed. Turning to the body he said, “Get up, Tabitha.” And she opened her eyes! When she saw Peter, she sat up! (Acts 9: 36-40)

Do you still doubt what God can do or use you to do to spread His goodness around the world? Never tell a person that anything cannot be done. God may have been waiting centuries for someone ignorant enough of the impossible to do that very thing.

This woman was a beloved member of the Christian community in Joppa. Luke makes it clear that she was full of good works and charitable deeds which she did.  Some people are full of good works and charitable deeds, but they are only full of them in their minds and hearts. We can’t say that it was Peter’s custom to raise every dead believer that he saw.  It must have been a response to the direct leading of the Holy Spirit. Dorcas wasn’t raised for her own sake, she was raised for the sake of her ministry to others, which is the same reason we have passed from death into life (John 5:24).

You see, in life, lots of people know what to do, but few people actually do what they know. Knowing is not enough! You must take action.

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