Based on Acts 9.38-42 (NLT)
God uses Peter to perform a miracle: He brings Tabitha back to life! As I read these verses, I realized that they illustrate the process of God planting and awakening His promises in our lives. It may seem odd that our promises must die in the natural, but our faith will ignite a supernatural resurrection that will demonstrate the power and love of God through His Son, Jesus Christ!
- “But the believers had heard that Peter was nearby at Lydda, so they sent two men to beg him, “Please come as soon as possible!”
God sends godly people to encourage us in our promise and to guide us to our destination.
- “So Peter returned with them; and as soon as he arrived, they took him to the upstairs room. The room was filled with widows who were weeping and showing him the coats and other clothes Dorcas had made for them.”
Our promises will always fill a need, mend broken hearts and bring people closer to Jesus, but we must recognize that the promise is not just for our own benefit. It should help the lost and hurting around us.
- “But Peter asked them all to leave the room; then he knelt and prayed. Turning to the body he said, “Get up, Tabitha.”
God will separate us from everyone until we are alone with our promise, and we will acknowledge that our promise is dead in the natural. But we can touch the dead promise by faith and wait for it to supernaturally respond to us.
- “And she opened her eyes! When she saw Peter, she sat up!”
The promise will react to the person it is destined for and be awaken in the supernatural. Our promises will rise up out of lack, drought and death.
- “He gave her his hand and helped her up.”
Once the promise awakens, it is up to us to reach out and take hold of it by faith. The dead will come to life if we believe that God desires it.
- “Then he called in the widows and all the believers, and he presented her to them alive.”
When God performs a miracle, the people closest to us will see it first and rejoice. God wants to bring our promises to life so others can see His movements in our lives.
- “The news spread through the whole town, and many believed in the Lord.”
God uses our resurrected promises to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ to nonbelievers and to share His goodness and love with His Children.