For years I have wanted to understand what are the “greater things than these” that we would do when Jesus went to sit at the right hand of the Father. We have a glimpse in Acts about some of the “greater things” and one of them was how people were healed by Peter’s shadow. What follows is a very simple key to understanding this verse and a very beautiful picture.
I have for so long believed that Peter had attained some great spiritual level that I needed to reach to be able to see the miraculous healing of Acts. I needed to pray enough, fast enough, be right with God enough, in the right atmosphere..etc, etc, etc. Yet what God showed me a couple of mornings ago blew that right out of the water. In a very, very, very good way.
Do you want to know what God showed me?? I did and I am so thankful beyond words. Hold on to your seat. Here we go…👍
A couple mornings ago, I was meditating on the scripture: “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” (Psalms 91:1 NKJV). This is one of my life scriptures and I was proclaiming it over myself and many others. When all of a sudden the story of Acts 5 popped into my head like a movie. And I saw Peter walking and people bringing others who needed healing and placing them where he was walking so that his shadow might fall upon them and they would be healed. All at the same time the scripture…abide under the Shadow of the Almighty ran through my mind and I saw not Peter’s shadow but our Heavenly Father’s Shadow encompassing, surrounding Peter and healing people. As a matter of fact scripture states that “all were healed”.
What the Lord was showing me was that it was NOT Peter’s shadow at all that was healing people, it was His Shadow. This is VERY important for us to see and understand. Peter had done nothing but believe who he was and Whose he was for these miracles to take place. Now what God wanted me to understand is that nothing “I” could do would ever put me in the position of being holy enough or right enough to see these miracles happen. My only position was to rest “under the shadow of the Almighty”. To simply believe that is where I am, under His Shadow. It is simple. It is Jesus. All Him. It has nothing to do with us or what we have done or have not done, it is His Grace. That is exactly what Peter understood, oh so well he understood that, and we have his account in writing of him trying to do things on his own, his failure, and then his restoration to read in the Bible for all time.
Remember that Peter was the one that stated to Jesus that he would never leave him and when Jesus told Peter that he would deny Him three times before the rooster crowed Peter then went on to say he would die with Jesus. Yet, sure enough Peter denied Jesus three times before the rooster crowed (See Matt 26:31-35). Peter learned that night that he could not do anything in his own strength or determination. I believe Peter learned to fully rest in the Lord and His ability to flow through him when needed. The anointing would flow as needed as he rested and believed in Jesus. I believe Peter better understood that when Jesus met with Peter privately and restored Peter. We see that in Luke 24:34. We also see how Peter could not wait to jump from the boat when he knew it was Jesus at the shore in John 21:7. Peter was not afraid to see Jesus on the shore because Jesus had met privately with Peter and restored Peter. When Jesus met with Peter and other disciples on the shore Peter had already learned that he could not rely on his own ability and Jesus gave Peter his direction on feeding and tending to the sheep. Jesus knew that all of this would occur to position Peter to know, fully understand he could not do these things in his own strength, his own love or his own ability but only to rest and believe in what Jesus has done and completed once and for all at the Cross. Peter rested under the Shadow of the Almighty and that very rest brought healing to all in Acts 5.
All we have to do is believe and it is not a striving belief. Although the enemy fights for us to believe that by law (remember he is the accuser and needs a law to accuse you, so he continuously would prefer you to come under the law and not believe you are under Grace) Simply put, “I abide under the Shadow of the Almighty”. Like Peter, I can walk and because God never leaves me nor forsakes me, He walks with me. His Shadow is over me. I am protected and ready for whatever the Lord wants me to do that day. I abide under His shadow and as I walk God’s presence is in me and all around me. I will always fall short but He NEVER does. So, I live in Him and He is in me because I simply believe. EVERY believer in Jesus Christ this is your RIGHT to reside, abide under the Shadow of the Most High God, because of the POWERFUL Blood of Jesus Christ. All you have to do is BELIEVE this TRUTH. The enemy wants you to believe that because YOU didn’t do something or YOU did do something like lie or YOU didn’t get it right OR YOU, YOU,YOU that somehow YOU don’t have this right. But see this right doesn’t come from you (that is law) but we live under the new covenant of Grace because of what JESUS DID on the Cross. That is why we are called BELIEVERS. We believe in the finished work of Jesus, we believe He rose again, we believe we abide under His Shadow, we believe we are healed we believe we are fully forgiven, we believe He loves us…..do you see the simplicity of the gospel of grace?!
I believe as the believers in Jesus Christ understand this truth the “greater things” will be seen in greater measure. It is truly what the Lord wants.
“The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; (Luke 4:18 NKJV)