Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. – Acts 3:1-8
The Bible is full of examples, including the one above, about how God used mortal men and women as instruments to do something miraculous in a variety of situations.
However, many question whether or not miracles still happen in our world today but the answer is a resounding YES!
Miracles tend to be tailor-made rather than one-size-fits-all because they come in a variety of shapes and sizes.
A new job when you have been unsuccessfully looking for months.
A new relationship that makes you forget about all the bad ones of the past.
A much needed word of encouragement at the lowest point in your life.
Some folks are quick to call those things mere coincidences but try living through those situations and see how your viewpoint changes.
Other people may agree that God does answer those type of prayers but we certainly should not expect God to miraculously heal people like in our Scripture above.
I do not understand that line of reasoning.
- Why are we so quick to limit God?
- What if our viewpoint of what God can do is faulty?
- What if God wants us to experience more?
- Would we allow God to correct us?
We have seen physical miracles take place at our church – not across the ocean – in Hessmer.
We have seen drug addicts instantly delivered through the baptism of the Holy Ghost.
We have seen emotionally and physically abused children and adults get in the presence of God and watch as His Spirit ministers to them in a way that 10,000 sermons could not.
Miracles still happen EVERYDAY!
Some people are just so opposed to the concept, however, that they would not allow Jesus in the front door of their church to do one.
I pray that I never get to the point I read my Bible, especially the book of Acts, like a history book instead of a guidebook.
So if you are looking for a Spirit-filled church that believes in the gifts, the miraculous power of God in our world today, be our guest and experience EVERYTHING Jesus has for you!
In His Service,
Jarryd Raynes – Senior Pastor
Upper Room Church