Do you need a miracle?

Dear NLS Family and Friends,

Do you need a miracle in your life today? Let’s look to the Bible to learn what the early Believers did when they needed a miracle.

1.  Peter and John went to the Temple one afternoon to take part in the three o’clock prayer service.
2.  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.
3.  When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for some money.
4.  Peter and John looked at him intently, and Peter said, “Look at us!”
5.  The lame man looked at them eagerly, expecting a gift.
6.  But Peter said, “I don’t have any money for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, get up and walk!”
7.  Then Peter took the lame man by the right hand and helped him up. And as he did, the man’s feet and anklebones were healed and strengthened.
8.  He jumped up, stood on his feet, and began to walk! Then, walking, leaping, and praising God, he went into the Temple with them.
9.  All the people saw him walking and heard him praising God.
10.  When they realized he was the lame beggar they had seen so often at the Beautiful Gate, they were absolutely astounded!
11. They all rushed out to Solomon’s Colonnade, where he was holding tightly to Peter and John. Everyone stood there in awe of the wonderful thing that had happened.  Acts 3:1-11 NLT
Here we have the Holy Spirit in action! This man who everyone knew was lame was now miraculously healed. Everybody is standing around, mouths gaping and staring at Old (formerly) Cripple Bob as he bounces around like a kangaroo in basketball shoes.
They are also gazing in amazement at Peter and John who must no doubt be some great and powerful prophets or some such to have affected this great miracle.
Let’s see what Peter thinks about this:
“Peter saw his opportunity and addressed the crowd. ‘People of Israel,’ he said, ‘what is so astounding about this? And why look at us as though we had made this man walk by our own power and godliness?  For it is the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob, the God of all our ancestors who has brought glory to his servant Jesus by doing this…’” Acts 3:12-13a NLT
Peter wanted the people to understand exactly who was responsible for what had just taken place. He wanted them to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that it wasn’t human greatness or power that had made a difference but rather it was the Lord.
He continues in verse 16:
“The name of Jesus has healed this man–and you know how lame he was before. Faith in Jesus’ name has caused this healing before your very eyes.”  Acts 3:16 NLT

When faced with an impossible problem, a man – lame all of his life, Peter and John knew who to look to. But do we always do the same?

Where do we place our faith?

Do we look at how terrible our problem is or how great our God is?
Do we look for ultimate deliverance or joy or peace or insert whatever you like in other people around us? Eventually, everyone will disappoint you.
Or maybe we look to ourselves, to our own strength, charisma, ability, or as Peter put it, our own power and godliness. No, we like everyone else are but sinners saved by grace. We can do nothing in ourselves.
There is only One we can look to and that is Jesus.
“Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30 KJV
Now, I pray that you will find that miracle that you need today in the only place miracles can ever be found, by faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Yours in Christ,

Bradley Sloan

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