Daily Devotional – 5/27/14 “In the name of Jesus!”

In Acts 3, there was a man who was lame (from birth) and considered a beggar. Now, every day he would be brought to the gate called Beautiful so that he could beg from the people entering. On this particular day he encountered Peter and John and of course he did what he knew to do, beg but Peter replied, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk. (Acts 3:6)” See Peter could have given him what he was begging for but he would have been back at the same place, at the same time the next day begging again so instead Peter gave him healing in the name of Jesus. Yea, Peter or John could have given him what he was begging for but he gave him, in Jesus’ name, the use of his legs that he’s never been allowed to stand on. Yea, Peter could have reached into his bag and handed him a few pieces of silver but they wouldn’t last like his healing would. Yea, he could have given him what he asked for but instead he gave him Jesus. Jesus; who doesn’t spoil like milk or mold like bread. Jesus; who won’t ignore your phone call, deletes your text or come when it’s convenient. Jesus; Him whose name can shake things up and make things happen.

Oh, in the name of Jesus! See, I may not be able to get it with my name but in the name of Jesus doors open, applications are approved, promotions are granted, sicknesses are healed and chains are destroyed. In the name of Jesus; mountains are climbable, obstacles are movable and past mistakes are wiped clean. In the name of Jesus your minimum wage job allows you to live a maximum life. In the name of Jesus your 12 year old car is still drivable. In the name of Jesus your marriage is still surviving and strong. In the name of Jesus you’re still able to work even though man said you should be disable. In the name of Jesus … If only I could feel the feeling that beggar got when Peter pulled him up and his legs didn’t give out. If only I could hear the praise he shouted walking into the temple on the feet that now worked. If only I could have witnessed the power given to Peter for he proclaimed in Acts 3:16, “And on the basis of faith in His name, it is the name of Jesus which has strengthened this man whom you see and know; and the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect health in the presence of you all.” Why don’t we have this kind of faith to speak things in Jesus name when His name has the power? I can only imagine how much better we would be when we really believe in the power of the name of Jesus and use it!

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