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Look up for your healing

on June 2, 2011

              Acts 3 Peter Heals a Lame Beggar

 1 One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. 2 Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. 3 When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. 4 Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” 5 So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.

 6 Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” 7 Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. 8 He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. 9 When all the people saw him walking and praising God, 10 they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.

 Peter and John were together when they were called by a cripple beggar. The cripple beggar was looking for money or something to sustain him. His conditions were bad due to his disability. Unable to work he looked to others for assistance through begging. He wanted his basic needs satisfied by the only way he knew how- begging.

Peter and John stopped and the beggar became hopeful but was immediately disappointed by Peter’s words.  “Silver and gold have I not…” We sometimes think that money can solve all our problems. But we are wrong because although you need money for a lot of things it cannot buy everything.

Peter and John had something better to give. They wanted to give him his healing and with it they wanted to give him wholeness, completeness.  Peter asks the beggar to look at them. In order to look at them the beggar had to look up. We are yoked by our circumstances and therefore bend down. Even if the solution to our problem is right in front of us we might not see it. The only things we can see is dirt and dust a symbol of our circumstances. If we look up we see the sun and light. If we look up we might see the person who can lead us to Christ. We might find a helping hand being offered to us.

Peter offered his hand and with his hand he offered healing, a better life and provision. The beggar laid at the temple gate for so long. So any people are in front of our temple gates with nobody giving them a hand or asking them in. Their restoration is within their reach if they only look up and extend their hand.

I want to believe that we as fellow Christian will look up and see the cripple beggars. We need to have the love of Christ in our hearts to reach out to those who need restoration and inner healing. The cripple beggars symbolises the ones rejected by society.   

Peter and John gave him Jesus of Nazaret. In the name of Jesus of Nazaret is power and healing. When they gave the beggar Jesus he leaped up, started jumping and gave the Lord praise. When we are touch by Jesus our sadness turns to joy.

11 You turned my wailing into dancing;
   you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
12 that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent.
   LORD my God, I will praise you forever. Psa 30: 11-12

 When touched by Jesus sadness turns to joy and the result is witnessing to the world. We witness about what the Lord has done. We witness about our transformed lives. We witness in order to get others to look up and be restored. We witness to get people to be made whole. 

What are we doing for the Lord? Are we looking up?  Are we witnessing , singing and shouting?  Look up, reach out, take your healing right now.

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