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Daily Reading: 2 Samuel 23:24-24:25 ESV, Acts 3:1-26 ESV, Psalm 123:1-4 ESV, Proverbs 16:21-23 ESV

Daily Verse: “And a man lame from birth was being carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple that is called the Beautiful Gate to ask alms of those entering the temple.” (Acts 3:2 ESV)

CHOLOS (5560): “Halt, i.e., limping: cripple, halt, lame.”[i]

Rise and Walk

Going to the temple to pray, Peter and John come across a lame man at the gate.  Not recognizing them, the crippled man asks for alms.  Peter responds unexpectedly, telling him he has something more valuable than money.

“In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” (Acts 3:7 ESV)

Taking the man’s hand, Peter assists the lame beggar to his healed feet.  The disabled man, no longer crippled, leaps and bounds his way into the temple, praising God.

When we encounter Jesus, our world changes; what once seemed impossible becomes possible.  Leaving the old life behind, Christ heals yesterday’s wounds, making way for the hope of tomorrow.

Praise the Healer.

Powerful testimonies come from miraculous healings.  When the lame man walked, he couldn’t contain his praise.  Everyone who saw him in the temple recognized the once lame man.  Now, watching the disabled person celebrate his healing gave them pause.

“And they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.” (Acts 3:10b ESV)

Let people see the change Jesus makes in your life. Tell them about the giants God helps you slay. Ask Christ for eyes to see His work around you. When deliverance from the battle comes, give credit to the Deliverer.

Praise God when He helps you stand and walk after life knocks you to your feet.  Leap and bound with joy, worshipping the Savior.  Miraculous events leave lasting impressions on those who witness them.

[i] Strong, J., & Strong, J. (2010). The New Strong’s expanded exhaustive concordance of the Bible. Greek Dictionary of the New Testament (p. 274) Thomas Nelson

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