PETER SPEAKS TO THE CROWD
After the crippled beggar was healed, the crowd in the temple was amazed, and Peter stood up and spoke to them, "Through faith in the name of Jesus, this man was healed—and you know how crippled he was before. Faith in Jesus' name has healed him before your very eyes." Peter made sure that the crowd understood that it was not his power or good works that God healed the man, but only by believing in Jesus. Peter further explained to them that Jesus suffered and died on the cross to fulfill God's will, although they were guilty of rejecting Him and sent Him to the cross by choosing to release Barabbas instead of the innocent Jesus. Peter then encouraged them to repent. He told them, "Now repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away. Then times of refreshment will come from the presence of the Lord, and he will again send you Jesus, your appointed Messiah." (Acts 3:11-26).
The crippled beggar received his healing because he believed in Jesus, and Peter did not have a special power to heal the crippled man, but it was through the power of the Spirit of God that works in and through Him that made the man healed. And when the crippled man believed, His life changed completely. However, the most important part of his healing was his salvation. Our forgiveness of sins is more important than our physical healing. Our forgiveness restores our relationship with God. However, our physical healing only affects our bodies, and our healings are only temporary. Eventually, our bodies will get old and wear out. But our spirit and soul will live forever, and if we have a relationship with God through faith in Jesus, we will be forever His.
Let us be encouraged today that the Spirit of God who lives in us can heal and touch our bodies, and we need to be thankful that we are saved through faith in our Lord Jesus. Let us completely trust in God's healing and restoration. He is our God who cares and loves us. No matter what we go through today, He is with us and will never leave nor forsake us.
Ask yourself these questions for application: (Think through carefully and meditate on the questions while answering these questions, and let the Spirit of God speaks to you) How did the crippled man receive his healing? Do I believe that God can heal me? Do I trust in God and ask Him for everything I need?
Write down all the worries you face today and lift them up to God.
Father in Heaven, thank you for being my healer and provider of everything I need. Please help me to continue to trust in you completely. Forgive me for all the sins that I have done, and help me to turn away from sin and live for you. Thank you that you are restoring my life for your glory. In Your name Jesus, I pray. Amen.