Main Point: The lame man at the gate called Beautiful sat for decades before he was healed. Waiting can produce weariness, but this day was different…waiting turned to walking.

Principle #1: There is Weariness in the Waiting.

Principle #2: Testimonies Draw a Crowd.

Principle #3: Time with Jesus increases faith for the impossible.

Principle #1: There is Weariness in the Waiting

Acts 3:1-10

1One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.

Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. When all the people saw him walking and praising God, 10 they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.”

  • There are at least 3 gifts of the Holy Spirit in operation during this interaction. (Gifts of the Holy Spirit definition)
  • Word of Knowledge: Peter sensed that today was the man’s healing, even though he passed him many times.
  • Gift of Faith (faith from God): Peter took him by the hand, assured that this many would be healed.
  • Gift of Healing: instantly the man’s ankles are made strong
  • The man is healed tri-dimensionally- physical, spiritual, emotional

Principle #2: Testimonies Draw a Crowd.

Acts 3:11

11 “While the man held on to Peter and John, all the people were astonished and came running to them in the place called Solomon’s Colonnade.”

  • Testimony increases our faith- it’s encouragement for our minds but it is fuel for our spirit.
  • Testimony is like prophecy: if it happened to the man at the gate called beautiful, it can happen to me.

Acts 3:16

16 By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him, as you can all see.”

  • Pray in the name of Jesus, with the authority of Jesus, for the power of Jesus to be released.

Acts 4:1-10

The priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to Peter and John while they were speaking to the people. They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people, proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead. They seized Peter and John and, because it was evening, they put them in jail until the next day. But many who heard the message believed; so the number of men who believed grew to about five thousand.

The next day the rulers, the elders and the teachers of the law met in Jerusalem. Annas the high priest was there, and so were Caiaphas, John, Alexander and others of the high priest’s family. They had Peter and John brought before them and began to question them: “By what power or what name did you do this?”

Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people! If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed, 10 then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed.

  • We are conduits, we are not the source of power.

Principle #3: Time with Jesus increases faith for the impossible.

Acts 4:13-22

13 “When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished, and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. 14 But since they could see the man who had been healed standing there with them, there was nothing they could say. 15 So they ordered them to withdraw from the Sanhedrin and then conferred together. 16 “What are we going to do with these men?” they asked. “Everyone living in Jerusalem knows they have performed a notable sign, and we cannot deny it. 17 But to stop this thing from spreading any further among the people, we must warn them to speak no longer to anyone in this name.”

18 Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! 20 As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”

21 After further threats they let them go. They could not decide how to punish them, because all the people were praising God for what had happened. 22 For the man who was miraculously healed was over forty years old.”

  • Peter and John went to the UNSCHOOL OF MINISTRY.
  • Unschooled: uneducated, unlearned
  • Ordinary: untrained, and outside (a visitor who knows very little of the Christian faith)

Conclusion: It is by the name of Jesus and through the blood of Jesus that we have authority to heal. The power is from God, but we have been given the authority.

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