Tuesday 30 October, 2012

Acts 3:1-10

3 One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. 2 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. 3 When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. 4 Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” 5 So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them. 6 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.” 7 Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. 8 He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. 9 When all the people saw him walking and praising God, 10 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.

Peter & John were going about their daily lives – going to the prayer time at the temple. A lame man was going about his daily life – asking for alms (OT support for the poor).  On this day the lame man got Peter & John’s attention & they in turn got his.
The Holy Spirit is all over this encounter. The lame man is miraculously healed – physically, he walked; emotionally, he leapt/jumped showing his joy; spiritually, he was praising God.  Complete healing.
The challenge for me in this passage is Peter saying “what I do have I give you”.  What Peter had Cialis overnight delivery to give I also have to give.  The Holy Spirit is the same in me now as He was Peter then, “The name of Jesus Christ” as a believer, is the same for me as Peter.  The healing didn’t happen in the prayer meeting but out at the gate, on the street.

I’m challenged and convicted; what am I doing with my faith and the Holy Spirit within me in my daily life?

Written by Suzie Hodgson

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