Walking with Christ brings healing in lots of different ways, just as we walk with the man in this story. There are some important things I want you to learn from this:
1) Healing looks different for everyone.
Christ always brings us healing, but it doesn't look the same for all of us. He can heal us physically, spiritually, emotionally, and mentally. Christ can heal our families, our relationships, our children, and every aspect of our lives. When we pray for healing, we must be open to how God is going to heal and understand that he is God. He knows what's best for us better than we do.
2) We may not always have enough faith.
The man in our story today didn't have the faith that he needed to be healed. He had been broken down by the world too many times and lost his hope that anything would change. Peter had the faith the man needed and extended his faith to him. When we don't have enough faith, the body of Christ comes beside us and helps us. That's why we also refer to it was the community of faith. We don't have to have enough, we just have to know people who have strong and great faith than we do to help us move forward.
3) We must week people who need to be refreshed.
Our passage this morning ends with a promise. V. 20 tells us that a time of refreshment is coming. God will provide renewal through Jesus. We will receive the refreshment we need, and all those who are in a relationship with Christ will as well.
I don't know about you, but when I look over our community, I see people who are tired and worn out. They need refreshment that Christ can bring. It's our job to bring them the peace of God.
Last week, I talked in depth about the meaning of the Hebrew word, Shalom. If we are going to bring Biblical peace to the world, if we are going to help make people whole again, we must look for those who need it. We must look for people who need refreshment and forgiveness in their lives. We need to introduce people to the God who is the source of all peace, love, grace, and forgiveness.
Have you ever seen God do something amazing? Did other people see it to? What did you do with the attention people gave to God's amazing thing? Peter allowed the Holy Spirit to move through him, healing the lame man outside the temple and witnessed God's power. Then they walked into the temple together. The people in the temple witnessed the effects of God's power and Peter took the opportunity to witness to them.
Read Acts 3:12-15.
- When was the last time you gave testimony to God's power as a witness to your faith?
- How have people responded when you gave credit to the power of God in your life or other people's lives?
Read Acts 3:16.
- What does "through faith" mean to you?
- Was it Peter's faith or the lame man's faith that healed him?
- Do you feel you have enough faith?
Read Acts 3:17-23.
- Do you feel you do things in ignorance?
- Do you ever excuse others for acting in ignorance?
- What is the difference in ignorance and not listening to God?
Read Acts 3:24-26.
- How have you blessed someone because of your relationship with Jesus?
- Do you see yourself as a part of Abraham's family? Why or why not?
This week, work on your faith story. Visit bit.ly/2LUKFBy to learn more about developing what God has done in your life so that you can share it with others.