“One day at three o’clock in the afternoon, Peter and John were on their way into the Temple for prayer meeting. At the same time there was a man crippled from birth being carried up. Every day he was set down at the Temple gate, the one named Beautiful, to beg from those going into the Temple. When he saw Peter and John about to enter the Temple, he asked for a handout. Peter, with John at his side, looked him straight in the eye and said, “Look here.” He looked up, expecting to get something from them. Peter said, “I don’t have a nickel to my name, but what I do have, I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk!” He grabbed him by the right hand and pulled him up. In an instant his feet and ankles became firm. He jumped to his feet and walked.” (Acts 3:1-8, The Message)
Yesterday I wrote about our authority and today’s post goes along with that. Sometimes you may feel like you don’t have a lot you can give, but the more you study about your authority, the more you will find that you have a lot to give. Operating in our authority is something that doesn’t cost a penny but can give someone lifelong freedom.
In this passage they knew the authority they had and they knew it was all they had to give. Put yourself in the place of the crippled man. Crippled from birth, he never knew life any different. Every day he was set at the Temple gate to be those coming into the Temple. He probably never expected to get anything more than a few coins, never expected to be healed and walk again. Until one day, a person of faith passed by and decided to give what he had, decided to activate faith and authority and command healing. This man’s life was changed instantly. He went from being a poor, crippled, beggar to receiving the best gift he ever could have received and it didn’t cost him a cent.
The authority that Peter operated in is the authority that we, as The Church, need to grab hold of and start operating in. Begin to speak to sickness and disease with authority and command healing. I believe as we continue to build our faith in the authority we have we will see miracles such as these. We will act in confidence and pull the lame to their feet.
You’ve got authority, and it’s free to use, go ahead and start giving what you have.