11 Feb 2018

6 Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.

7 And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. Acts 3:6-7 

This is part of the story of the nameless lame man, born that way, who got carried daily by his friends and was placed at one of the Temple gates, where he begged for alms.

One day at his begging post, two apostles met him, from whom he had hoped to receive alms. Instead of giving him money, they announced to him, “Silver and gold have I none.”  Then they proceeded to command him to get up and walk, “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.”  After speaking those healing words to the man, they stretched out a healing hand to get him to his feet, enabling him in the direction of the decree they had spoken into his life, and “immediately” the healing happened. Note the word “immediately.”

Sometimes it is not enough to speak the healing word to the crippled in life. They need a physical helping hand to get them to a start on their feet; to help them take the first leap into the spoken miracles. It is not faithlessness to do so.

Often, there is the human part to every divine intervention. For instance, had human hands never rolled away the stone from Lazarus’ tomb, the divine Hand would probably never have proceeded to bring him back to life (John 11:39-41). Usually, God will do what we cannot do, after we have done what we should.

Thanks for all your prayers. No change yet? Perhaps the condition awaits your second move: a physical helping hand, beyond the spoken words of faith (1 John 3:17-18; James 2:14-17).  Your words could be the ignition, but your hands would move the gears, to set the Miracle to run.

And he leaping up STOOD, and WALKED, and ENTERED with them into the temple, WALKING, and LEAPING, and praising God (v.8).

Peter not only spoke a miracle word; he also gave a miracle hand, “and immediately” there was a miracle. When Peter put out a hand was when the miracle happened; or maybe we should say it was when the miracle manifested.

Do something in the physical today to activate something in the spiritual. Stretch out a visible hand in physical demonstration of your invisible faith.

 

From The Preacher’s diary.


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