4 Peter and John looked at him intently, and Peter said, “Look at us!” 5 The lame man looked at them eagerly, expecting some money. 6 But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!”
7 Then Peter took the lame man by the right hand and helped him up. And as he did, the man’s feet and ankles were instantly healed and strengthened. 8 He jumped up, stood on his feet, and began to walk! Then, walking, leaping, and praising God, he went into the Temple with them.
As I was in the shower this morning – I asked the Lord what was on His heart today…I heard “Acts 3:8”. I thought to myself – wonder what that verse says and is it something that I will be able to blog about!
If you know me, or have been reading some of my blogs – you can tell that I love the power of the Holy Spirit and what a blessing to move in His presence…so I will share briefly on what I see here in this passage – I have to share in its context to get the full understanding.
As I read this – I heard the Lord say “I am turning beggers into worshipers” now that is exciting – at least for me!
As we can see this man was begging for a natural,physical financial deposit. God had a spiritual deposit to give this man that would change his life. Too many times, we as believers kinda “beg”in prayer – Oh God, come do this, Or pleaseee do something for us – you get my point!
Here come Peter and John, with a different attitude– they we seeking (going in the temple to pray) instead of begging (in prayer)–they were serving the Kingdom instead of begging for the kingdom. They understood what they had, was more powerful then an amount of money – or what it could buy.
This is a call to the body – to understand who and what the Holy Spirit is and how He is able to move through you – the power of the Holy Spirit – got to love it!
Let’s break it down
1. Peter said “look at us” – why do we need to know this? Shout, do you like people looking at you? I think this was a sign of authority – to gain his attention – the Word says he looked at them with eagerly expecting money – So true today – so many look to Jesus expecting what they think they need and the Lord has a different plan!
2. Peter and John knew that money was not the source to make this man whole – but the healing power through the Holy Spirit. I love their line “What I have, I give to you” meaning – they knew they could impart, move and give within the spirit of God.
3. Peter took the man by the right hand – many times in the Word – the Right hand is an expression of authority – as we know Jesus sits at the right hand of God – to move and give in the spirit – we must exercise our authority through Christ.
4. The lame man received his healing and turned his begging into praising God.
What an amazing picture – the same is for the church today – as we move from a posture of begging to understanding that we don’t need to beg for God to move– but believe when we pray – our whole outlook will change for a begger’s mentality to one that is of praise.
Peter moved in authority, faith, mercy and grace all in one moment of ministry. This is a great example to model in ministry. He spoke with an understanding that what he had, he could give to others – and that one moment of ministry caused a stirring among the people to question how they heal this man. Out of that they were able to hear a message of “Faith” in the Name of Jesus.
You are a vessel for the Holy Spirit – all His attributes are able to flow from your in walk in Christ. What you are able to do is stir up others that are not there yet. By laying on hands we can stir, active, motivate and release a passion in the spirit.
Paul told Timothy this:
14 Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you, which was bestowed on you through prophetic utterance with the laying on of hands by the presbytery.
Two things I love to do for the Lord – speak and pray! I encourage you today to ask God for prophetic utterances to give to people you may know or not. Ask God to meet you where you are today, that you will have an encounter like peter and John. That the Lord will help us change our posture in prayer from “begging”to believe in what we ask within the will of the Lord!