Daily Devotional Acts 3:5-8 – What changes has the Holy Spirit made in your life? Part 2 – Free Online Bible Study – Commentary in easy English – Day 458

So the man (the lame man at the temple gate) 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. (Acts 3:5-8a)

As a physical therapist, I know that weight-bearing strengthens our muscles and bones. Babies must bear weight on their elbows and knees before they have the strength to pull themselves up to walk. I have helped many people bear weight on their arms and legs by helping them stand in the parallel bars when they couldn’t do it alone. But when the weak don’t try to get better, I can’t help them.

Peter assisted the lame man up, not needing to lift him because he already had strength in his arms, hips, and knees. As Peter helped him bear weight on his feet and ankles, by the power of the Holy Spirit this man’s strength returned supernaturally. He didn’t fight Peter, so he must have had at least a small amount of faith he could stand with Peter’s help in the name of Jesus.

Like Peter, to help others, we may need to become more like Jesus and step out of our comfort zones.  We help others by caring and giving them only the assistance required. If we take the full load of lifting the weak, they won’t depend on Jesus and may never walk. It’s only when we help in the name of Jesus that a person can recover completely.

Throwing money at people doesn’t help much. Yes, they use it to survive one more day by buying food, alcohol, or drugs. but they won’t recover from whatever physical or mental illness they have. This lame man barely survived for many years living off the money he begged for, but it isn’t until a changed Peter cares for him in the name of Jesus Christ that he becomes strong and his life changes.

Dearest Heavenly Father, I praise you because of the power of Your Holy Spirit. Help me become more like Jesus. Give me someone to care for like you did Peter so I can help them become strong in the name of Jesus Christ with the power of the Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.

Daily Devotional Acts 3:5-8 – What changes has the Holy Spirit made in your life? Part 2 – Free Online Bible Study – Commentary in easy English – Day 458

10 thoughts on “Daily Devotional Acts 3:5-8 – What changes has the Holy Spirit made in your life? Part 2 – Free Online Bible Study – Commentary in easy English – Day 458

  1. I understand what you are saying about the Holy Spirit being within us and helping us heal and helping us with problems. I know that non-believers heal completely and also others with different faiths heal completely. There are a lot of people out there that believe differently than we do, yet they have perfectly happy and normal lives.

    1. Hi Sis, thanks for coming by this afternoon. Yes, unfortunately, there are a lot of non-Christians out there. I guess I don’t know whether or not they have perfectly happy and normal lives (does anyone?) because I can’t pretend to know what someone else is going through. I, myself, couldn’t ever completely heal from guilt, physical, or mental ailments without Jesus saving me. I know God doesn’t always physically heal all Christians in this life, but I am not aware of miracle healing outside of Christianity. Are you? I’ve been praying for you and your family a lot, especially your husband. Blessings and love, Jody

  2. I see what you are saying about how much we know about another persons heart or their life. Appearances may not always be accurate. However, it appears that they are happy and healthy, even if they are not Christian. I don’t think Christianity holds the market on healthy and happy people. Asking for healing, I bet is common in other religions too. I googled this and Christianity believes in faith healings. Some Christians religions take it to an extreme and do allow Doctors to treat them. Hinduism and Islam believe in faith healings. In the Philippines faith healing is very prevalent. Catholics are very into the “miracle” part of healing.

    1. I’m answering this question in my post for tomorrow. Of course, all of what I write is only my opinion. Sometimes God heals us through the medicine we take, surgeons performing surgery, a kind word from a teacher, or the hands of a physical therapist. As the body of Christ, we all have a purpose, and to not let doctors or teachers or physical therapists or any of us not have a part in healing people is wrong. Then our lives would be totally useless. God often works through us. If I don’t answer your question, tomorrow, please ask again.

  3. My computer froze yesterday and I couldn’t correct what I wrote. It should be…Some Christian religions take it to an extreme and do not allow doctors to treat them. I do not understand why Dave’s lymphoma just suddenly disappeared? I am not trying to be mean or think mean but of all people for God to heal, I would have never thought he would be mysteriously healed. So perhaps this is an example of not really knowing someone’s heart and putting our negative emotions on someone who has truly asked for forgiveness.

    1. His lymphoma disappearing was most definitely a miracle from God. I don’t know why God picked him to heal, but I do believe that he had faith God would heal him and that he asked for it in Jesus’ name as I posted today. He may or may not have asked God for forgiveness for what he did to you, me, or my daughter, only God knows that. Jesus tells us in His sermon on the mount in Matthew 5:23-24 “If you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.” That I know David has not done. It is an example of not doing what God has asked. I am happy for him and his family that God chose to heal him. I have forgiven him and I believe that’s all God expects of me. It is his family that chooses not to have contact with me unless I choose to ignore what he did and say it’s okay, without him apologizing. I choose not to do that. He has not completed the forgiveness cycle. I do not pretend to know his heart.

    1. Thanks for your encouragement and coming to my website. I prayed for you and your family. Blessings, Jody

    1. Thanks for your encouragement and coming to my website. I prayed for you and your family. Blessings, Jody

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