Act 9:32-42 (NLT)
Meanwhile, Peter traveled from place to place, and he came down to visit the believers in the town of Lydda. 33 There he met a man named Aeneas, who had been paralyzed and bedridden for eight years. 34 Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you! Get up, and roll up your sleeping mat!” And he was healed instantly. 35 Then the whole population of Lydda and Sharon saw Aeneas walking around, and they turned to the Lord. 36 There was a believer in Joppa named Tabitha (which in Greek is Dorcas). She was always doing kind things for others and helping the poor. 37 About this time she became ill and died. Her body was washed for burial and laid in an upstairs room. 38 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!” 39 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. 40 But Peter asked them all to leave the room; then he knelt and prayed. Turning to the body he said, “Get up, Tabitha.” And she opened her eyes! When she saw Peter, she sat up! 41 He gave her his hand and helped her up. Then he called in the widows and all the believers, and he presented her to them alive. 42 The news spread through the whole town, and many believed in the Lord.
The power of The Resurrected Life started to flow seemingly quite easily for the early church. They witnessed some awesome and inspiring miracles and some jaw dropping signs and wonders. As a result, multitudes of people came to faith and the church grew exponentially. This by the way, was always the plan of God and you know what…it hasn’t changed. God does the miracles, the members of His church are the vessels and unbelievers come to faith by the droves. Boy…do we need a fresh dose of some of that! As we approach Pentecost Sunday – a time celebrating the coming of the Holy Spirit, can we ask God for fresh manifestations of His Spirit and for you and I, to be willing and useful vessels for Him to work through.