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April 13, 2021

Conduit of Wholeness

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE

As they approached the Temple, a man lame from birth was being carried in. Each day he was put beside the Temple gate, the one called the Beautiful Gate, so he could beg from the people going into the Temple. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for some money. Peter and John looked at him intently, and Peter said, “Look at us!” The lame man looked at them eagerly, expecting some money. But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!” Then Peter took the lame man by the right hand and helped him up. And as he did, the man’s feet and ankles were instantly healed and strengthened. He jumped up, stood on his feet, and began to walk! Then, walking, leaping, and praising God, he went into the Temple with them.

Acts of the Apostles 3:2-8 NLT

TODAY’S THOUGHT

Jesus had told His followers that when they received the fullness of the Holy Spirit, they would be witnesses to others. The most powerful witness is a life that has been transformed by the power of God.


As Peter and John were headed to the Temple to worship, they encountered a lame man begging for money. Begging was his only means of survival. When Peter spoke to him, he was expecting money. Peter let him know there was a deeper need in his life rather than money. Peter recognized this man needed to encounter the healing power of Jesus. Peter spoke healing into the man in the name of Jesus. Peter then helped the man up. As he helped him up, the healing occurred—there was no healing until Peter helped him up.


We live in a world where people are working hard to get ahead financially — thinking that financial success can cure the pain in their lives. They spend a lot of energy to gain what the world calls success, only to find that stuff never heals the pain inside.


As Spirit-filled followers of Christ, we must help people recognize that only through a personal encounter with the power of the Spirit can people be made completely whole. We need wholeness in spirit, soul, and body.


There are a lot of lame people walking around. They are lame on the inside despite their fine clothes on the outside. Only through a personal encounter with the Holy Spirit can they experience total wholeness.


Let’s be that bridge that speaks life in Jesus’ name and then takes them by the hand to help them up. For some, the miracle will happen instantly. For others, we may have to work a little while to pick them up.


Interesting thought, there were possibly several lame people in that area of the Temple. It was a common practice for beggars to gather in that location to prey on the mercy of those going to worship. Why did Peter and John choose this man? The only answer was the Spirit directed them to know who would have the faith to partner with them in the healing process.


Even Jesus did not heal everyone. We need to be empowered with discernment to know those God is working in so we can be His conduit of wholeness.

TODAY’S PRAYER

Holy Spirit, I want to be a person who speaks Your word of wholeness to my world. I want to be the hand extended to pick up the lame in the name of Jesus.


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