The Lame Beggar Healed/ ACTS 3:1-9
Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. And a man lame from birth was being carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple called the Beautiful Gate to ask alms of those entering the temple. Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked to receive alms. And Peter directed his gaze at him, as did John, and said, “Look at us.” And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!” And he took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. And leaping up he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God, and recognized him as the one who sat at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, asking for alms. And they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.
Step Number 2″
“Expecting to receive something from them”
It is one thing to pray for a miracle but totally another thing to expect to receive what you are praying for. Expectation is a divine faith posture. One that inspires you to call those things that are not even as though they are.
Every minute spent focusing on the situation is a minute used by doubt and the devil to delay your miracle. God is God and he makes all things beautiful in His own time. But sometimes, divine appointment and mountain moving faith can release miracles without delay.
Immediate – The Bible say immediate a miracle happened in his life. All he had to do was get his mind of the impossible. All he had to do was move his eyes away from his condition – even for a nano second – for a miracle to happen. All he had to do was to say to himself, I know these guy can help me – I may not get silver or gold – but I expect something good to happen to me today. You can do the same!
Maybe today you need a miracle. I believe that God still works miracles. I urge you to fix your eyes on Him and expect nothing less than a supernatural miracle.
Pray with me:
Lord my eyes are on you. They are on you and you alone. Not on the doctors, though I appreciate the gift of science and thankful for the help you’ve allowed me to get through them. Heal me, touch me, lift me, deliver me. Thank you in advance for what you are going to do. You are not only able to do this – I know You are going to do it in Jesus’ Name – Amen!
I had not heard “Expectation is a devine faith posture” until now.. Thank you Pastor Good food for thought!!!
Good after noon Nellie, how is Vance? Thanks for all your kind words, thanks for reading. You did a great job on sunday and it tied right in the time of communion. Thank you much. You passion and devotion to the Lord shines bright. See you tonight if you are coming.
Hi Bro Walter; Great message .. I found it very encouraging.. Blessings.. Bro Pat 🙂
glad you did brother Pat – how are you doing? Hope great! Many blessings on you.
Right now, I have four friends who are in various stages of incurable brain cancer. Last year, I saw a very close friend carry the shroud wrapped body of her 6yr old out of the morgue. And I am struggling. Struggling to ‘expect’? We prayed for a miracle healing for her child, but the miracle we saw was the miracle of grace and peace unfold in my friend’s life. I saw the Lord restore the years the locusts had eaten by blessing her with a baby girl. So I am struggling to know what to pray for my friends who are ‘dying’. It is faith to dig my heels in and expect a miracle, or is faith to surrender into the hands of a loving Father, and say ‘Your will be done.’ I dont know. But thanks for your post for reminding me that miracles are possible…
I want to thank you for sharing your story here. It breaks my heart and I want you to know I sympathize with you and feel the tension between faith and tragedy. I read your comment several hours ago, in fact not too long after I posted the article. But instead of responding I decided to spend some time in prayer for you and your friends. I also wanted to know what to say to you in response.
Sometimes the prayer – “father your will be done” can be a resignation to fight base on how dire the situation is (It doesn’t sound like that’s where you are), but it is also a very good faith posture as long as your eyes are still on him, you are still prayerfully waiting and expecting, you are still trusting him to turn things around and not just wishing things might change. And if the opposite happens, you are not bitter because you know his will was done – as hard as it might be. I am sorry that I made the process look too simple in my post. I am aware that sometimes the healing doesn’t come and dreams are still undone – but He is good and forever faithful. As I pointed out in the post “God is God and he make all things beautiful in his own time” and I really do believe that with God all things are possible. So whether you did in or surrender, never lose hope and never doubt his faithfulness. I hope that was encouraging and insightful. Praying for you!
Thank for taking the time to pray and thank you for your words of wisdom. The one hope I always hold onto, is that even when the answer doesnt turn out the way I would like it, I KNOW that our loving heavenly Father will work all things together for good, and that He WILL make something beautiful out of the bleakest situation when we place it in His hands. But Yes, He always surprises us… unexpected miracles DO take place. Thank you once again. God bless!
The first point was really good! Have a great day, Walter.
Amen for the message of today,truly touch my heart. God Bless 🙂
Enjoy the song to go with the post as well, don’t believe I ever heard the song before to be honest 🙂