Friday, October 31 2008
The 3rd chapter of Acts tells of the healing of the man that sat at the gate called Beautiful. It is an example of the awesome healing power of Jesus Christ and proof of the promise found in Mark 16....
17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
We know from the scripture that Peter and John had a boldness in the Holy Ghost. Although, they were not orators or fashion minded, they had something about them that made people take notice. Acts 4 states...
13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.
As Peter and John approached the lame man as they had done many times, something had clicked in Peter that he now knew that God was going to do something that day. I have no idea what was different that day than all the other days that Peter and John walked by this poor man, but that day was different.
The Bible states the following...
1 Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.
2 And a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple;
3 Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms.
4 And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.
5 And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.
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.
7 And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.
8 And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.
I want you to notice the bold print in verse seven. Peter did not just leave the man on the ground, but he extended a hand of faith to him and lifted him up. He allowed his.faith to extend beyond just hoping that God would heal. He fully understood the power of God and James 1:22...
22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves