Monday, January 7, 2013
Tonight, I was reminded of--and encouraged by--the healing power of Jesus as I read the passage of Scripture in Acts 3 below. What is it you're currently in need of? Whether it's physical, spiritual, financial, or otherwise, the Lord has the power to heal, deliver, and set free. He is gracious to those who have made Him Lord and who call upon Him out of a pure heart. He's just good like that!
This Scripture deals with physical healing, something we often struggle to believe God both can and wants to do. God has no limitations, however, so let's take the limits off of Him that we've applied out of our own resistance to Who He is and what He can do, out of our own doubt, fear, and unbelief. No more of that! Instead, ask yourself what you're willing to believe Him for because surely He will meet you there. Ask yourself the question He Himself asked Abraham in Genesis 18:14: "Is any thing too hard for the Lord?" The answer, of course, is a resounding, "NO!"
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.
9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God:
10 And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him.
11 And as the lame man which was healed held Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch that is called Solomon's, greatly wondering.
12 And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?
13 The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go.
14 But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you;
15 And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.
16 And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.
Believe, for all things are possible!