Breeding ground for miracles

Acts-4-12

The Verse of the Day for March 15, 2016 comes from Acts 4:10, 12 in the Holman Christian Standard Bible:

let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene—whom you crucified and whom God raised from the dead—by Him this man is standing here before you healthy. There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to people, and we must be saved by it.”

These verses represent the response of people who had gathered at the Temple Gate called Beautiful where an undeniable miracle took place when Peter and John, as they entered the Temple stretched forth their hands and healed a man who had never walked. This unprecedented healing occurred in Acts 3 where the Jews and those present witnessed that same man who sat begging at the Temple entrance for forty years was now “walking, and leaping, and praising God.” They “were filled with awe and astonishment at what had happened to him,” and they wanted to know how this occurred.

Peter explains to the crowd of thousands that they have witnessed the power of Jesus Christ, and boldly declares:

Acts 3:16

By faith in His name, His name has made this man strong, whom you see and know. So the faith that comes through Him has given him this perfect health in front of all of you.

The events described in Acts 3 and 4 bring to mind lyrics to an original song inspired by a statement from Pastor Rod Parsley. His comment is used as the title of the song and as a refrain:

The Atmosphere of Expectancy Is the Breeding Ground for Miracles

Acts 3

The atmosphere of expectancy is the breeding ground for miracles.
Here in this hallowed place you can sense the presence of the Lord.
Here is where the will of heaven reaches to touch the earth.
In the purifying presence of God’s mercy, love and grace,
In this sacred atmosphere mighty miracles take place.

For more than forty years they carried the crippled man
To the place called Beautiful, outside the Temple gate
To beg of those who came to worship and to pray.
Like all other times, it seemed an ordinary day.

“The atmosphere of expectancy is the breeding ground for miracles.”

But at that appointed time, two men of God were passing by;
He sat there asking alms, for he had such great need.
More than wealth, he begged for health, for he had never walked.
They fixed their eyes on him and told him, “Look on us!”

“The atmosphere of expectancy is the breeding ground for miracles.”

“We have no gold but Jesus Christ can surely make you whole.
This we give and in his name rise up and start to walk.”
He heard their words and in his heart he gave them heed.
He looked on them and believed, expecting to receive.

“The atmosphere of expectancy is the breeding ground for miracles.”

The crippled man received great strength and then stood up to walk.
He entered the Temple, walking, leaping and praising God.
All the people marveled at this mighty sign they saw,
As Peter told them of the saving power of Jesus Christ.

“The atmosphere of expectancy is the breeding ground for miracles.”

Just like the crippled man, begging outside the Temple gate,
I was watching and waiting, expecting to receive,
Then I gave heed to the Word and by faith I believed.
Now I’m walking in the fullness of the power of Christ.

“The atmosphere of expectancy is the breeding ground for miracles.”

The atmosphere of expectancy is the breeding ground for miracles.
Here in this hallowed place you can sense the presence of the Lord.
Here is where the will of heaven reaches to touch the earth.
In the purifying presence of God’s mercy, love and grace,
In this sacred atmosphere mighty miracles take place.

Israel Houghton and New Breed offer a spirited reminder that the name of Jesus evokes the same power demonstrated in the Acts 3: Jesus the same yesterday, today, forevermore.

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