‘Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up…’ Acts 3:7 NIV
A few important observations: (1) Peter allowed God to change his plans. ‘…Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon.’ (Acts 3:1 NIV) Is prayer important? Yes, it’s all–important! But you can get so caught up in church activities that you walk past hurting people sitting on the church’s doorstep. You must be sensitive to people’s needs, available to God, and willing to change your plans at a moment’s notice. (2) Peter used the name that’s bigger than any problem. ‘…In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.’ (Acts 3:6 NIV) And he did! Paul writes, ‘…At the name of Jesus every knee should bow…every tongue should confess that Jesus…is Lord…’ (Philippians 2:10–11 NKJV) You say, ‘What’s in a name?’ In this case—everything! At the name of Jesus hell trembles, sin is forgiven, sickness is healed and stubborn habits broken. (3) Peter did more than pray; he extended a helping hand. ‘Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk.’ (Acts 3:7–8 NIV) Today you’re surrounded by people who need help to get back on their feet spiritually, emotionally, physically, and financially. Reach out in love and lift them! They don’t need you to spend the rest of your life supporting them. They just need a hand up—and an introduction to the One who’s able and waiting to meet their need. God used Peter to bring deliverance to this man, and He will use you too. But you have to be ready.
SoulFood: Num 34-36, Luke 9:18-27, Ps 138, Prov 4:14-17
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