Scripture: By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has given this complete healing to him, as you can all see. Acts 3:16 NIV
Observation: Jesus healed a man yet many people didn’t recognize or were unable to see that Jesus was responsible for his new found health. True healing, either mental, physical, or spiritual only comes from the Lord. When we become Christians we are spiritually healed but we still have memories of our former selves. Those memories can interfere with our ability to be a force for Christ.
Application: It’s so difficult for people to recognize Christ in your life when they have known you before he changed you . Knowing that doesn’t make it any easier to “die to our old self.” Still, people need to see Christ in us not just that we know catchy Christian clichés. With the healing help of the Holy Spirit we must fight the old Pharisees in our lives, “die to our old selves,” and let Christ shine through.
Prayer: Wow! Lord, I want everyone to see the healing that has come with you in my life. I need your help to be consistent. You have given me this wonderful gift of forgiveness and my life eternal is yours. I fall so short of helping you grow your kingdom, I don’t want “me” to get in the way! I am willing, please help me serve you. I love you Lord and my hope is found in you. Amen