What I Give

When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them. Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” – (Acts 2:3-6)

A man crippled from birth, was begging at the temple gates, just as he did every other day. However, this day, was to be like no other day before. Pious people had given him enough in the past to get by, yet on this day, he was to receive so much more! Though he was asking for money, he was given something far better – the use of his legs. So often, it is the same for us. We seek God, asking for something that we think will be a solution to our situation, yet His provision comes as something far greater – a need met that we may not have even perceived, nor had the courage or faith to ask. God’s plan for us is to provide a whole new life, not just a quick fix to a temporary situation. He wants to grant freedom where we are held captive, joy where there is despair, and peace where anxiety reigns. Christ’s answers far exceed the expectations of what we ask. May we earnestly seek Him as we faithfully pursue His plans for our lives. For His faithfulness, let us also give praise and rejoice.

 

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we timidly ask;
what we think we need,
to complete a task.
The Lord sees our hearts,
and the road ahead;
He knows what we need,
and gives that instead.
We simply must trust,
and ask of the Lord;
for His grace and help,
all things, He’ll afford.
Whatever He asks,
He’ll prepare us too;
He’s more than enough,
as He makes us new.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are so good. Thank You that You love us so much that You do not always give us the things that we want or that which we think we need, but rather You supply what we really need. Thank You that Your grace is greater than our ignorance. Forgive us for our shortsightedness and lack of faith when things do not appear to be anywhere near being answered, and help us to trust You, knowing that You are always at work, and that Your solution is for our greater good. Lead us to love others as You so faithfully love each of us, and may many come to know just how great You are, as a result. Be glorified, O God, as we live and love, completely trusting Your faithfulness in all things. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

I thank and praise You, O God of my fathers: You have given me wisdom and power. – Daniel 2:23

Fuel for Our Faith

“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