Scripture:

Acts 3:12 And when Peter saw it he addressed the people: “Men of Israel, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we have made him walk?

Observation:

Peter did not have money (which is what the beggar was asking for) but Peter gave the beggar something that was better and unexpected. This healing was not from Peter but from Peter’s faith in Jesus. Peter had faith that through Jesus he could heal the man. The beggar didn’t have the faith. Peter had the faith.

After Peter healed the beggar people gathered around. Peter saw an opportunity to share the Gospel.

Application:

Everything happens for God’s glory. I need to be ready to use moments in my life or the life of others to use the events for God’s glory and purpose. But, more importantly, I need to be ready to share the Gospel at any moment. Peter did not plan to do any of this. He was just going to the temple. But, he did not hesitate to teach the word when given the opportunity.

I must remember that it is through God’s authority and wisdom, not my own power, knowledge, etc. that He can make things happen. Peter did not gloat and say “Look what we did!” rather, he used the situation to explain God’s glory, grace and power and faith in Jesus Christ.

I should not rely on my understanding or the world’s understanding of issues. I should lean of God and His understanding.

Prayer:

Help me to be ready to share your word. Help me to keep my eyes open to opportunities and not be so worried about the things around me. Let me see the forest, not the trees, so I can share your word, teach your word and help others get to know our Savior.

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