King James Version (KJV)
1 Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.
2 And a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple;
3 Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms.
4 And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.
5 And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.
6 Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.
7 And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.
8 And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.
9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God:
10 And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him.
In the book of Acts, chapter three, is the story of a man who received a miraculous healing. The Bible says this man was “lame from his mother’s womb,” indicating that he must have been born with a crippling birth defect and was unable to walk. Dependent on the help of others, he was “laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple.”
Acts 4:22 tells us that this man was over the age of forty, but his name is never mentioned. All we know from scripture is that this crippled man spent much of his life as a beggar. Day after day, he would ask for a little money from those entering and leaving the temple.
I have no doubt that, surely, there were those coming and going that would have compassion on the man and would offer him a few coins. I imagine that, from time to time, maybe someone would even bring him a warm meal. Perhaps, others might sit with him a while and offer him a kind word. Of course, this is purely speculation on my part.
But, looking at the bigger picture, I wonder why these “good church folks” never offered to take him into the temple and pray with them or worship with them. At least, the scriptures do not indicate that they ever did. Even two of Jesus’ disciples - Peter and John...how many times did they pass by this man as they went into the temple daily as was their custom?
Ah, but this day - as recorded in Acts, chapter three, would be different. There lay the lame man begging as usual. People are headed into the temple to pray, as usual. And, as usual, here comes Peter and John. But today, it wouldn’t be “business as usual.”
You see, Peter and John were among those few in the upper room who were filled with the Holy Ghost just a short time ago (Acts 2)! So, this time, as they approached the gate of the temple, they would not simply pass by the lame man. Endued with Holy Ghost power and boldness, they gave this man something money can’t buy. The man was instantly healed by the power of God, and the Bible says he went walking into the temple, leaping and praising God!
The one and only true church of the Lord Jesus Christ was born as a result of Holy Ghost fire baptism. This is the church that Jesus said the gates of hell could not prevail against. Who are we to dare think we can operate and survive as “the church” without the fire baptism of the Holy Ghost today?
The apostate church has traded the authentic power and anointing of God for gimmicks, ego-boosting sermonettes, theatrics, and entertaining performances that appeal to the flesh. There is no real substance coming from many pulpits today to feed the sheep. Their churches appear lively and colorful, but they are weak and powerless.
I am firmly convinced that what the church so desperately needs today is a fresh baptism of the Holy Ghost.
Read Hebrews, chapter 11 - God still answers by fire, and He is a consuming fire.