Healing by shadow!

Scripture reading for May 12th:  Acts 5

“The apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders among the people. And all believers used to meet together in Solomon’s Colonnade.  No one else dared join them, even though they were highly regarded by the people.  Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number.  As a result, people brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by.  Crowds gathered also from towns around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those tormented by evil spirits, and all of them were healed.”  (Acts 5:12-16)

Right after the sudden deaths of Ananias and his wife Sapphira for lying to the Holy Spirit, a holy fear came over the church and people.  There were understandable reservations about joining the apostles and their group who met in a room near the temple.  The apostles were highly regarded because of the miraculous signs and wonders that they performed on a regular basis as they ministered to the lost, sick and demon-possessed.  However, as they ministered and preached the Gospel of the resurrected Christ, many were added to the number of believers!

As the disciples moved about ministering, people would bring the sick into the streets and seek to get them close enough to Peter and the apostles that their shadow might bring healing or at least get their attention for ministry and prayer!  God so anointed them that all the sick and demon-possessed that were brought to them from Jerusalem and surrounding towns were healed!  God honors faith and faithfulness!  Has your shadow been sought by the hurting because of the anointing of Jesus on your life?  God’s willing to use us!

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