July 1: Faith in His Name
When the beggar at the temple was healed in Acts chapter three, the people who knew him as that cripple guy were naturally “filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him” Acts 3:10 (NKJ). Peter observed the people’s reaction and commented, “Why do you marvel at this? Or why look so intently at us, as though by our own power of godliness we had made this man walk? The God of Abraham… glorified His Servant Jesus… And His name, through faith in His name, has made this man strong, whom you see and know. Yes, the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all” Acts 3:12-16.
Lots of times we may feel weak or may even be disabled in a variety of ways. Maybe we’ve come to the end of our rope with a certain problem, we’re out of options, or have exhausted all our visible resources. All that’s left to do is look up because we’re down as low as we can go. The encouragement of this story is the assurance that faith in the name of Jesus is still powerful today. Faith in the name of Jesus makes us strong and gives us perfect soundness just as it did for the cripple man. Look up. Worship God today for being the strengthener we all need.
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