A Vessel for Wholeness
The apostles were performing many miraculous signs and wonders among the people. And all the believers were meeting regularly at the Temple in the area known as Solomon’s Colonnade. But no one else dared to join them, even though all the people had high regard for them. Yet more and more people believed and were brought to the Lord—crowds of both men and women. As a result of the apostles’ work, sick people were brought out into the streets on beds and mats so that Peter’s shadow might fall across some of them as he went by. Crowds came from the villages around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those possessed by evil spirits, and they were all healed.
Acts of the Apostles 5:12-16 NLT
After the judgment of Ananias and Sapphira for the sin of lying, there is a sense of fear that spreads among the people. I can only imagine how I would feel. I might be afraid that there were some past sins in my life that I didn’t want to be exposed to the world.
But in that time of fear, there is also a release of spiritual anointing that results in “many miraculous signs and wonders among the people.” God judges the sin and then releases the power. It seems that purity paves the way for power.
There is such a move of God that people from surrounding villages begin to bring their sick and lay them in the streets so that Peter’s shadow could fall on them. Evidently, people were being healed just by being in the presence of the apostles.
Intellectually that doesn’t make sense. It would seem that you would need someone to lay hands on the sick and pray for them. But perhaps, we are limiting God to our way of doing things.
Just recently, after one of our services, I had someone want to speak with me. They shared with me that during the service, they had a family member with them who was not feeling well. But during the service, they suddenly felt a touch from God, and all symptoms left their body. No one prayed over them specifically, but during the message, they felt God touch them.
I remember as a pre-teen, I once went with my parents to a large church meeting. During the meeting, I got a horrible headache. After the service, we were going to eat with the speaker, and the moment I was in the speaker’s presence, my headache stopped. I had not told my parents or anyone else about my headache. But when the man greeted me and shook my hand, I realized my headache was gone. I never even told my parents about that moment, but it has stayed with me. There was an anointing about that man that flowed into me.
I believe that the same anointing is available today for anyone willing to spend time in the presence of the Lord. I believe the Holy Spirit is looking for those who will humble themselves and submit to time in God’s Word and prayer. We need to have a fresh infilling of God’s Spirit in our lives.
Holy Spirit, please fill my life with Your presence. Use me as a vessel to bring wholeness to people wherever I go.
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