Scripture Reading: Acts 5:12–16.
“Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them,” Acts 5:15.
Lord Jesus, we thank you for the atonement. Thank you for everything you have done for us. Thank you for enduring the pain of the cross and despising the shame. O Lord, thank you for agreeing to come into this world, to die; yes, for going into hell and Hades, and overcoming principalities and powers and making a show of them. Thank you for descending to ascend for victory. Lord we pray that your atonement on the cross will not be in vain in the life of any one of us.
People often associate the supernatural with scary, even fantastical things that only occur on film. However, it is the supernatural that caused the Son of God to come and to die for you and me. It is the supernatural that caused Him to resurrect and bring victory for us. It is the supernatural that is healing us, bringing deliverance, and bringing salvation today. Let us read about the supernatural wonders of our living God.
“And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon’s porch. And of the rest durst no man join himself to them: but the people magnified them. And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women),” Acts 5:12–14.
Not only were the local sick people brought into the streets, but “There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one,” verse 16.
God of the supernatural healed in those days. Our God of the supernatural is the God that does not change; He still loves us and He is still on the throne. What He did yesterday, He is able to do today, and will also do tomorrow. May healings happen again in our generation to the glory of the living God.
Just the passing of Peter’s shadow that overshadowed the people brought about healing of unclean spirits and other sicknesses. Do you know that the shadow of Peter was the shadow of the Most High? This shadow that heals, the shadow that was causing the healing manifested in Peter’s time and in Peter’s ministry, was the shadow that the Lord spoke about in Psalm 91. Peter dwelt in the secret place of the Most High and abode under the shadow of the Almighty.
“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation,” Psalm 91.
Peter was working under the shadow of the Almighty and since he was perpetually under the Lord’s shadow, it is imaginable that the shadow of the Almighty was with him everywhere he went. Under the shadow of the Most High he was blessed enough to be a blessing to others. So when Peter walked among the sick, the shadow of the Almighty did the healing.
Beloved, under whose shadow are you? I pray that God will transport us to that location in Psalm 91 where we dwell in the secret place of the Most High. Many of us have dwelt in the public place of the Most High, but it is not as secure as His secret place. Consider the public place of your home: your living room, where guests are entertained. Your bedroom is your secret place. Where are you in God’s house? Are you in His public place or are you in His secret place? If you are in the secret place of the Most High then your address will perpetually be under His shadow.
Let us get into that secret place of the Most High so that wherever we go, God goes as well. Remember, with God, nothing shall be impossible.
Dear Lord, let me walk under your shadow. Let me be perpetually covered by you. O living Father, I pray that the supernatural will begin to manifest in our generation in a great way, so that your children will be proof that your Word works. Lord, be magnified even in our time. In Jesus’ name I pray.