Acts 3:16 “And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.”
When I placed my faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ to save me, I began a wondrous journey that, to this day, has proven miraculous. Looking back on what it took to break through the blindness of my religious bondage, it could have only been God.
Since that day, I have asked to witness a miracle. I can say with all confidence, I have been witness to many!
My own salvation is one. Witnessing to a lost soul and watch as they place their faith in Christ is another. Singing for a service in which the Holy Spirit moved in and revival broke out is yet another.
The fruit of our faith is what this lost and dying world needs to see. Faith is NOT a feeling. It is a belief and trust that God said He will do is done because we place our trust in Him to perform it.
In the account of Peter and John calling upon the name of Jesus to heal the lame man, we see the fruit of not just Peter and John’s faith but that of the lame man as well. All who were present witnessed the fruit of the faith of these men.
Acts 3:6-7 “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. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ancle bones received strength.”
We see the fruit of the faith of the lame man:
Acts 3:8 “And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.”
Guided by the Holy Spirit, Peter then seizes the opportunity to give God the praise for what has just happened.
He preaches and points to Christ, who commissioned him to tell anyone and everyone about the miraculous power they have just witnessed. His direct accusation of the chief priests brought the temple soldiers directed to take them into custody to silence them.
But when they began to examine them, the evidence of faith boldly declared that a notable miracle had just taken place. What began at Calvary was starting to spread like wildfire. What could they do? There, standing before them, was the evidence of faith.
Acts 4:13-14 “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus. And beholding the man which was healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it.”
Even as I type this, I am deeply convicted when I ask myself, “Where is the fruit of my faith today? This week? Anytime recently?” We, who are God’s children, should be able to testify of faith’s fruit daily.
When we read our Bibles, do we hear God’s voice speak to our hearts personally?
When we pray, are we guided by the Spirit for what to pray, whom to pray for, and wait to hear an answer?
When we begin our workday, do we invite God to make us aware of any divine appointments He may have for us with our coworkers?
Seeing the fruit of our faith comes with preparation and expectation.
God has given each of us gifts and talents to perform the work He commands us each and every day. We cannot allow apathy to set in by neglecting to engage our faith in even the smallest of things.
That way, we make room for the blessing to come.
Faith doesn’t just ‘happen.’
It takes an interactive part between God and us to accomplish what we see as impossible. We must have faith to see that God IS able and pray believing.
Matthew 21:22 “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”
Peter believed and knew that God was able to heal the lame man.
Can the same be said of us today?