DAY 4 – A3112SBy: Darrelyn L. TuttToday’s Meditation: Acts 3:1-12
“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. And all the people saw him walking and praising God. And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him. And as the lame man which was healed held Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch that is called Solomon’s, greatly wondering. And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, ‘Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? Or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?’Acts 3:1-12------Ladder Rung: A3112SA and S are the first and last letters of Acts.Think “outside the box” and select words “outside the box” to aid in memory. Instead of words like Amazing, Awesome, Active … do a switch-up and select “different.”Here’s mine:Ankles Steadied.In this way It is not likely this shall soon be forgotten.3:1-12 is our reference for meditation.At 3:00 PM I shall meditate on this passage and, God be praised, the ninth hour is, indeed, between 2:00 – 3:00 PM. This aids me in a reminder of a valuable biblical insight also.1 on 1 I shall rehearse the passage with another individual and bless them in a special way. The #2 remains and I shall contribute the passage to yet another.The two individuals will be asked to share what they hear … and blessing will now be multiplied by the passage.-----It seems so fitting that all this beautiful healing should occur at the gate called “Beautiful.”The remarkable supernatural work of God enables the lame man to stand, dance, perform a full pirouette if he should like.Try to imagine being lame all your life with a livelihood based upon begging.Try to conceive what it must have been like to “feel” the numbness and nothingness replaced by “something” akin to strength and wholeness.The tingling must have been sensational!For goodness sakes, friend, there is reason to dance here!Shall we set this lame man’s experience to the side and select something less in gratitude for the securing of our souls unto salvation?This man shall be my dancing partner and this man enables me to dance with glory for all the Healer has done for me:-In His name and through His name forgiveness, redemption, mercy, and grace run like water through the torrid waters of mire lodged in my sinful soul.-In His name my soul is healed, revived, and brought to life that it might dance again and spring up for a testimony to those laying at the gate.-In His name and by His name the power and glory of God are made manifest through "this" lame man’s life.Glory be to God ...How well does my soul identify with this man’s gratitude;My ankles have been steadied and my heart rejoices.So must we all!-----O God, forgive,The pitiable laxness displayed in gratitude for all Thy hand has secured for us.Forgive our apathy and lack of demonstrable activity in what we put forth toward Thee. The holiness, forgiveness and mercy of sin saturated lives ought to compel the most intensive and lively expression of dance. Make robust, full, and felt all that Thine hand has secured for us.Let the lame man remind us of our lame response and compel us to activity that renders Thy holiness a “great dance” at work within.Ankles steadied, soul exclaims,My great Redeemer's name.JESUS ...Amen.
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