"With a leap he stood upright and began to walk; and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God." – Acts 3:8-9 NASB
For many people, Christianity is just a religion, an option to be considered, a philosophy of life, or a set of teachings that may or may not be true.
But everything changes when we have a personal encounter with God by experiencing a supernatural work or witnessing a miracle. When we know the joy of being forgiven and born again and realize that everything in the Bible is true, we are transformed! We realize that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life! He is alive and still answers prayer.
Consider the reaction of a cripple in first-century Jerusalem. He “had been lame from his mother’s womb” (v. 2). It seemed like a hopeless situation.
Then Peter spoke to him, and instantly the man stood up and could walk. Unable to contain his joy, he entered the temple “walking and leaping and praising God.” God emerged from the pages of history and became very real.
The amazing thing is that miracles like this still take place today. We receive answers when answers seem impossible; we receive supernatural healing and wisdom from above. Our sins are forgiven, and we experience the fruit and gifts of the Spirit.
How real is God to you? Remember that He desires to have an intimate relationship with you. He is ready to be involved in your life, to answer your prayers, to provide everything you need.
PrayerFather, I seek a more intimate relationship with You. Thank You for making Yourself more real to me. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Extended ReadingActs 3