Stepping into the Supernatural
Acts 3:1-10: One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.
Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. When all the people saw him walking and praising God, they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.
Rise Up & Walk
As we read through this passage, let’s consider some key points and reflect on their significance.
First, we notice that the lame man had been lying by the Temple Gate for a long time. Perhaps Jesus had passed him by on numerous occasions, yet for reasons unknown, He had not healed him. This reveals that there is work left for us to do even after Jesus’ earthly ministry. We are invited to participate in the signs, miracles, and wonders of God.
Challenge 1: Just like Peter and John, you may encounter individuals in your life who need healing, deliverance, or even just encouragement. Are you alert and aware of those around you who are spiritually or emotionally paralyzed? Are you watching with open our eyes for opportunities to minister to others? Do you recognize the work that He has left for you to do here on earth?
Next, Peter’s response to the lame man stands out. Although Peter didn’t possess silver or gold to offer, he had something far greater—the power of Jesus’ name. Peter’s words, “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk,” were a proclamation of faith and authority. The man’s healing depended on his response to this invitation to rise up and walk.
The man’s response is remarkable. Despite his physical limitations, he leaped up, stood, and walked. He chose to act in faith, embracing the newness and transformation offered to him. This physical healing goes beyond the mere restoration of his limbs; it symbolizes a spiritual and emotional healing.
Challenge 2: You too are called to respond in faith to God’s invitations, even if they seem beyond your natural abilities. Will you take that first step of faith, knowing that God will meet you where your own efforts fall short? Are you willing to take that leap of faith and step into the newness and wholeness that God offers you? Will you allow Him to bring visible changes in your life?
Finally, the reactions of those witnessing the healing were filled with wonder and amazement. They couldn’t deny the transformation that had taken place in the once-lame man. There was clearly a visible change and his walk bore witness that he had encountered Christ. No doubt, this change evoked much curiosity about what had happened to this man!
Challenge 3: As you allow God to work in and through you, others should witness a visible change in your life. Is there evidence in of Jesus in your life? Does your transformation evoke curiosity, wonder, and a desire for others to encounter His supernatural power? Are you different than who you were yesterday?
Take time today to allow the Truths that we learn from this passage to saturate your heart. Let the Holy Spirit continue this conversation with you I your closet and be willing to be adjusted and shifted more into His likeness.
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