“By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through Him that has given this complete healing to him, as you can all see.” – Acts 3:16
“Faith in Jesus’ name put this man, whose condition you know so well, on his feet – yes, faith and nothing but faith put this man healed and whole right before your eyes.” – (The Message)
The healing of the crippled beggar happened a short time after Jesus had ascended into heaven and had sent His Holy Spirit to reside in His faithful followers. It was by faith, fueled by the Spirit dwelling within them, that Peter and John were confidently able to come close to the broken and call out for him to be healed. As Peter took his hand to help him up, the healing happened instantly. Faith to action, to amazement. The makings of this miracle were not because of some mystical powers present in Peter or John, but rather it was made possible by faith; the believing in He who had called them to do as He had done. Peter was able to speak boldly and trust completely, knowing that God had healing in mind for the broken man.
Imagine the sight as they walked together down the street toward the temple courts. This man, the very one who had been crippled and set by the temple gates to beg each day, was now approaching the temple as he was “walking and jumping, and praising God”! I can only imagine the joy and the giddy grin worn on the face of this grown man as he leapt and jumped and shouted out in joy for the faithfulness of our Heavenly Father. Free at last from that which had held him captive in his own body, now gone, and nothing was holding him back!
All of us have our areas where we feel crippled or bound. It is only through faith in He who will make us free, that we are able to find the sort of faith that fuels forward momentum. Faith calls for movement. Movement results in action.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that the very same faith that fueled the healing of the crippled beggar is available and active to heal the brokenness of our own human frailty for each of us who finds faith to believe. Thank You that our faith is not something that we must muster, but rather it is readily supplied by Your Spirit as we ask. Thank You that You heal our hearts and provide the hope of wholeness both for today, and in the life that is yet to come. Regardless of our reality and/or limitations here on earth, that which is yet to come holds total health and wholeness in Your heavenly presence forever! Forgive us for our fear that holds us back, and form in us Your faith that fuels the realization of impossibilities, and makes mountains move in Your mighty Name. Grow our faith, Father, that we might walk in Your good and perfect will that leads the lost to Your loving and healing hands. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present