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Look To Me

Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

Acts 3:1-11 KJV
(1) Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.
(2) And a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple;
(3) Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms.
(4) And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.
(5) And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.
(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.
(8) And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.
(9) And all the people saw him walking and praising God:
(10) And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him.
(11) And as the lame man which was healed held Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch that is called Solomon's, greatly wondering.

Healing should not be a mystery if it is from God. In todayís lesson we find Peter and John saying look at me. How often a parent will tell a child look at me. Telling a child before they give them money, or something, in order to give instruction. The imagery of Peter and John say look at me, is simple they had something to give the man. Something of value to give the man. It was worth more then any gold given. Peter and John would make this man whole, no Peter and John did not make this man hold but his wellness came from God. Even the cripple man knew this healing came from God for when he stood up and his legs became whole he began to jump and praise God for the healing. He was a man who had sat in the temple for years begging for money after becoming crippled. He was crippled from birth scripture does say.. Yet this man had faith that God could and would heal for he sat at the temple waiting for his healing and begging for alms/money for the poor daily. His belly was feed by those seeking God at the temple. His knowledge of God would have been from listening all those years at the temple. The healing coming from to men saying in the name of Jesus get up and walk. Did he know who Jesus was at the moment the scripture at this point does not say, but he knew this was from God for the man began to worship and praise God. He looked not at the prayer warrior, but at God.

It is never the preacher that heals unless it is Jesus. It never the teacher that heals but it is God. The power of the name of Jesus to know and be able to say rise up and walk today takes faith, that many do not have. If we did I wonder if a wheelchair would still be rolling or a person on canes would still be walking on them. When my healing came the pain was gone. The leg cramps that plagued me while seating in the pew were gone. The pain from the waking every morning was gone. It was a blessing from God to not have pain.

The man would want to know about his healing and healer. People healed for a purpose of bring others to Jesus is not some magic trick. It is the power of God demonstrated for the purpose of drawing people to God. The crowd that knew the man would be ready to hear the gospel. Yet this man knew not to look to Peter and John as being the healer, but to look to God. It so important to know who the healer is. That man may say look at me for the moment but man only giving what they know they have to offer. Peter and John had no money but they had something more precious faith in the Son of God and God. They knew the one that could heal and knew how to be like Jesus and Moses and command by the authority and power given to them by God to say with faith it the name of Jesus get up and walk.

Even as believers if we understand we have the authority through faith to say get up and walk, we must exercise this type of faith and most average person with faith might believe God is able but less likely to exercise this type of faith afraid of what if my prayer fails. Is it your prayer that heals, no but the authority and power of God given to you to pray for someone in the name of Jesus that causes healing if done for according for GodĎs purpose and will of God in a personĎs life. Moses hit the rock twice and it was not in the authority of God but water still came forth. Moses was corrected. This type of power was for a purpose by God will, but not by obedience to God. Miracles are to glorify God and to tell people about God and Jesus. Not a man or woman healed by Jesus ever was angry because of their healing, but only thankful to God for it.

I seen a minister who believed not in healing power of God take a cripple child and ask him to go to the altar for healing on his canes. The boy injured from birth perhaps. Yet he was told to look to Jesus. It still angers me because the boy was sent to prove the inability of healing. The devil will try to steal from the church and cast doubt of God healing power, but presenting the lame and the sick as being Godís will. Yet with the study on healing oneís learns God timing is essential for healing. A man born blind for 50 years before receiving healing by Jesus. This cripple man in Acts waiting perhaps like the man at the pool in Bethesda to be healed by the angels stirring the water and hoping to reach the water before the Spirit of God left the water. How many were truly healed by God that enter the water? Scripture makes no declaration on how often miracles before Christ came happened, but we know they must of happened more often then we think for people to know of the pool of Bethesda. Naaman was healed from leprosy in the Old Testament. Godís power known by a little girl that spoke up about her Godís healing power. Do we have enough faith to wait. Do we have enough faith to say in the name of Jesus get up and walk realizing it might not be Godís timing to perform?

Sitting this morning I can not help but think how difficult it was for me to not only walk and stand with pain but to sit for long periods with the pain. I had pain sitting or standing. It hurt ot lay down and to stand up. Over the years the pain became apart of my way of life that it was so much a part of me. Those with pain that constant know of what I speak and those that hurt for a few days have no understanding but know how to reach for something to relieve the pain. Nothing worked for me until God chose his timing to heal. Yeah I knew it was of God.

This man in scripture praise God because He knew his healing was from God. Being told to look at Peter and John was only to get the manís attention so he could receive his healing. If someone prays for someone they are not God. The power of God came forth from the person who prayed, because the Holy Spirit anointing is in their life. The anointing or being chosen to deliver the message about who God and the Savior is. All believers have this power in their life, yet some understand not they power they have to pray for each other until God begins to demonstrate his power through answer prayer. There people that receive Jesus as Savior without ever receiving proof of Godís power in their life. They take what told on faith by the power and conviction of the Holy Spirit spoken to their hearts. With believers being so diverse among those received because they witnessed a miracle, or because of conviction, is only proof of how God still has the power to convict through whatever means possible, to prove his existence.

As child I believed because I was taught, though early on I knew of miracles and Godís power to heal at the least over time. If I had time to reason out my faith, when older it would of taken more to convict my spirit of the reality of God. Yet at 22 I still found myself after a wreck seeking out about my faith whether it was my own or what I was taught. Yet I knew Jesus had saved me in the wreck. Some might think you idiot what proof do you need. Where is your faith? Yet without doubts you never become more educated about your own faith, but become like a meaningless puppet of faith. One must learn to seek out who God truly is, to understand how he interacts in our daily lives and desires to know each of us. Are we looking to Jesus or to see what the church will do next? It not the church but God that wants to move in the lives of his people. God wants to change his people that already believe to people of faith walking in his power by His Spirit. Not just pew sitters or Sunday morning church goers but people of lively hope of faith praying and seeking him in all things even if it takes fifty years or more to receive a healing. How long the man in Acts sat at the temple no one knows. But we know God healed him because the Bible tells us so.

Dear Heavenly Father may you speak to our hearts not just through the word of scripture but the convicting power of your Spirit the truth of healing and your willingness to still heal today, if we will only ask. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

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