WHAT DO I HAVE TO GIVE?

I love bold faith. I earnestly pray for it. I suppose that is why I love the story of Peter and John in Acts 3. Jesus had told His disciples that it was good that He was going because when He did He would send Holy Spirit. We see in Acts 2 when the Holy Spirit came that the disciples were filled with boldness and power. They went from hiding out, to bolding proclaiming Jesus Christ. The power of God was evident! People were healed, saved and delivered! 

“Peter and John went to the Temple one afternoon to take part in the three o’clock prayer service. As they approached the Temple, a man lame from birth was being carried in. Each day he was put beside the Temple gate, the one called the Beautiful Gate, so he could beg from the people going into the Temple. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for some money. Peter and John looked at him intently, and Peter said, “Look at us!” The lame man looked at them eagerly expecting some money. But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!” Then Peter took the lame man by the right hand and helped him up. And as he did, the man’s feet and ankles were instantly healed and strengthened. He jumped up, stood on his feet, and began to walk! Then, walking, leaping, and praising God, he went into the Temple with them. All the people saw him walking and heard him praising God. When they realized he was the lame beggar they had seen so often at the Beautiful Gate, they were absolutely astounded! They all rushed out in amazement to Solomon’s Colonnade, where the man was holding tightly to Peter and John. Peter saw his opportunity and addressed the crowd. “People of Israel,” he said, “what is so surprising about this? And why stare at us as though we had made this man walk by our own power or godliness? For it is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—the God of all our ancestors—who has brought glory to his servant Jesus by doing this. This is the same Jesus whom you handed over and rejected before Pilate, despite Pilate’s decision to release him.” Acts of the Apostles 3:1-13 NLT

Few key things Holy Spirit Highlighted to me about Peter and John:

  1. Fully devoted, consistent in prayer. 3x a day was the custom. Battles are won in prayer prior to the actual encounter. 
  2. They were sensitive to Holy Spirit. They had passed this guy everyday 3x a day but this day was different. As they were going through the daily routines they were listening to Holy Spirit. 
  3. They Knew who they were and what the had to give! 
  4. They walked in confidence because they had faith knowing and believing that Holy Spirit was with them, in them and would flow through them! Peter said “Look on us” When you know who and whose you are you will know what your called to do. 

God is a rewarder of those who seek His presence! (Hebrews 11:6)

The presence of God does not rest on ministries it rests on fully devoted followers surrendered to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Yes, there is favor on ministries, but the presence, the anointing is on the believer, not the title of a ministry but a person, and John and Peter knew this, that is why we they said look on us! Allow God to plant this deep inside. To be aware of Him, wherever I am He is there with me. Acknowledging this truth awakens me to the reality of the present presence of the Spirit of God inside of me. Now with confidence I can say to those in need “I will give you what I have” 
 
PASTOR TONYA PAYNE

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