Albert Finch Ministry - Daily Devotional - February 16, 2020
Acts 3:1 - "Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the ninth hour, the hour of prayer."
Peter and John were at the Gate Beautiful when they encountered a lame man begging alms. He was living in a state of survival...begging just to survive. He lived with no victory, no breakthrough, no ability to move forward, no joy, no vision for his future that was different from the daily grind.
Rather than giving him earthly riches to meet a temporal need, which would have left him in a survival state, Peter and John met his need that money couldn't buy and released healing to him through the power of Jesus' name. His survival status shifted to a man who carried revival as he leaped to his feet and praised God. His vision for life was revived! His joy was revived! His faith in God was revived!
This is a picture of not just miracles for individuals, but a picture of Christ working through believers to elevate the name of Jesus. Believers have been lame, dysfunctional or limited in hope or vision of their usefulness in God's Kingdom. Being discipled into who they are in Christ will cause an inactive, incapacitated, weak and limited Church to burst out with a revelation of their calling in Christ and confidence to help others in advancing their spiritual life.