If you study the lives of Jesus’ early followers, life never seemed boring. Although they often faced persecution and hardships, following Jesus was an amazing adventure, full of miracles and breakthroughs all along the way.
This extraordinary life is illustrated in Acts 3:1-10 (NIV), where we’re told the story of a lame man healed at the gate of the temple. This passage includes 5 powerful keys that will help you experience a miracle-filled life:
God wants to do extraordinary things even on “ordinary” days.
One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer – at three in the afternoon (v. 1).
In the previous chapter, God had given the church an extraordinary breakthrough on a special day – the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4). But here we’re told the lame man’s breakthrough came simply on “one day.”
Not only was it an ordinary day, but the day was half over! It was already 3 p.m., and it seems nothing notable had happened so far.
Don’t miss this important lesson: No matter what day of the week or year it may be, God wants to hear your prayer and give you the miracle you need. And even if the day is half over, don’t give up on your breakthrough it’s not “midnight” yet!
Be alert for divine appointments.
Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts (v. 2).
Notice that this man had been lame a long time from birth, in fact. It certainly would have been easy to conclude that his condition would never change. Every day was the same, a life of begging for his daily provision.
Friend, perhaps you’ve been dealing with some troubling situation for a long time, whether a problem with your health, your finances, your emotions, or your family. And maybe you feel like every day is déjà vu, waking up to the same circumstances you faced the day before.
Little did this man know, but this would be his day of new beginnings. He was about to have a divine appointment that would transform his life forever!
Recognize your true need and source for the breakthrough.
When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money (v. 3).
One of the tragic things about this man’s life was that he didn’t understand what his real need was. He assumed it would be a pretty good day if he just received a pittance of money from his
begging. But God wanted to give him so much MORE!
Once again, this is such an important lesson for us. We too often limit God’s ability to help us, settling for far less than what He wants to provide. Remember: He’s willing and able to do more for you than you can even dream or imagine (Ephesians 3:20)!
Not only did the man misunderstand his need, but he also was misguided about where his breakthrough would come from. He thought people were the answer – people generous enough to give him some alms. However, Peter explained that the man was going to receive something that day much greater than “silver or gold”: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk (v. 6).
Friend, instead of looking for people who will meet your needs, I encourage you to look to Jesus. There is power in His name to break every chain and meet every need.
Your miracle can come “suddenly.”
Just as the power of the Spirit was poured out suddenly on the day of Pentecost, God can give you a breakthrough more quickly than you think today as well:
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. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God (vs. 7-8).
This man had waited his entire life for an encounter with the miraculous healing power of God. Yet his turnaround came in a mere moment of time: “instantly.”
Others will be impacted when they notice your breakthrough.
When all the people saw him walking and praising God, they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him (vs. 9-10).
Throughout Jesus’ earthly ministry, people were amazed, astounded, and in wonder when they observed the miracles He performed. The same happened here in Acts 3 and throughout the rest of the book of Acts.
The Bible teaches that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). That means He’s still in the miracle-working business, able to give you an extraordinary life.
Friend, I’m praying for God to give you the breakthrough you need today. And when others see the Lord’s power and goodness displayed in your life, many will draw near to Jesus as their Savior and Lord too.
David Cerullo is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Inspiration Ministries, located in Indian Land, South Carolina a ministry dedicated to impacting people for Christ worldwide through media since 1990. David took a less traditional approach to ministry, graduating from Oral Roberts University with a degree in business administration and management. He has authored more than 15 different books and has been honored with an honorary Doctor of Ministry degree. He has been married to his wife Barbara for more than 40 years, and together they have two adult children and five grandchildren.