One of my favourite miracles in the Bible is found in Acts 3:1-11. It is where Peter and John heal a man who was lame from birth.
The man was begging at the Temple Gate when they were going in to pray. He wanted money, but they offered him healing in the name of Jesus.
The man was helped up and as he stood his feet and ankles were healed. The next thing you know he was walking and leaping and praising God.
I relate to this story a lot because of my Rheumatoid Arthritis. I didn’t have it from birth. It hit me when I was 12. But I was lame for most of my life.
Peter and John did not pray for me, but a man named Scott did! He was going to preach in our church, but he said he had a message from God about healing.
At the same time God spoke to my heart and said he was going to heal me. I went forward at the alter call and when he came to me, he knew I was the one.
When he laid hands on my feet and prayed. It felt like fire was all over me. It started at my feet and moved up my legs, then to my head, and it left.
As I fell to the floor I felt different. I had a great peace and I knew my life would never be the same again! I laid there for about 15 minutes and then got up.
Over the coming weeks I felt strange. For so much of my life I was in pain and walked with a limp. And some times I could not really walk at all. But now it was different.
From that day things began to change for me. In the gym I was able to train my legs properly and I slowly rehabbed the muscles.
I was hardly able to squat my bodyweight and slowly grew to lifting 125kg in a few years. My life had really changed. I was a new person.
Today some 20 years later I work in a physical job. I lift boxes and push trolleys all day and there is no pain. I rarely even get muscle pain due to my gym work.
God has been so good to me. He healed a disease that should not go away. He gave me my life back. In my 50s I should not be able to do what I do after having RA.
So as you can see I relate to the lame man being healed. I understand his pain and frustration and I also understand his elation. I am leaping and praising God too!