He had no other business except to sit by the beautiful gate and ask for alms from those going into the temple to pray. While he waited for the not-long-ago empowered apostles to give to him as other people have always done, Peter spoke up and announced to him "Silver and gold have I none". "Sir? What are you trying to say?" The leper by the beautiful gate must have asked. But then, instead of getting a penny from them, power flowed from the apostle and in an instant, he was up on his feet jumping and leaping for joy.
God has His way of meeting us in our situation. Especially when it seems as though all hope is lost and there is no way of escape again, He shows up. Take for an instance, the disciples had just finished with Jesus when they were instructed to go to the other side while he (Jesus) went up to the mountain to pray. But while in the midst of the sea, there was a great tempest so that they thought they would drown. In the midst of that storm, Jesus appeared and there was a great calm eventually. The point is God knows when exactly to show up in your circumstance.
There is no situation that is beyond God's power to solve. This is one reason He remains the almighty God. Every power belongs to Him and He dominates over all things. Imagine how long the man had been in his leprous state - from his mother's womb - yet, the power of God located him. The power of God got through to him and his life was never the same again. And guess what? Your situation is never beyond what God can handle, no matter how long you have been struggling with it. Let us consider the passage and draw some lessons that will help you in life and also serve to encourage you in whatever situation you may find yourself in.
"Silver and gold have I none" verse
1 Now Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour.
2 And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to [a]ask alms from those who entered the temple;
3 who, seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked for alms.
4 And fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter said, “Look at us.”
5 So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them.
6 Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.”
7 And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.
8 So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them—walking, leaping, and praising God.
Acts 3:1-6 (NKJV)
The passage of Scripture above is nothing but an expression of God's ability to do all things. By the way, what does Peter mean by that statement, "Silver and gold have I none?" Let us dig a little deeper into it so as to understand better and probably learn some few things in the process.
"Silver and gold have I none" meaning
We are told that the leper by the beautiful gate was expecting some money to drop off from apostles Peter and John to him, whereas, these men had something more superior. Even though the leper was expecting something that would give him a momentary satisfaction from them, these apostles of Jesus were ready to give him something that would be of eternal value. So, when Peter announced to him that "Silver and gold have I none", he understood what he was saying. He was not just telling the leper that if he had some money, he would have given him, no. He needed to make him know that there was something superior that he carried which he must prepare to receive.
Somehow, we could read that verse again like this: "Silver and gold I will not give you, but I have a superior gift to offer you." You see, life is not composed of just monetary or material things, there are treasures that are far better than money. These things are able to proffer a lasting solution to any situation. Examples of such are the power and the Spirit of God. You cannot carry these two things and your world will not know that you carry something. Peter had them and he was ready to give expression to them. This was one of the reasons he had to confess to the man early.
More so, when Peter said "Silver and gold I have none", he probably was telling the leper that he was not there for material things. His assignment is purely spiritual, and this could be what he was trying to let the man know. After all, he was on his way to the place of prayer. So, it is possible that Peter was announcing to the leper so that he would take his mind off the money he was expecting to receive from him.
"Silver and gold have I none" sermon
Let me ask you this question: Is there anything that is impossible for God to do?" If you answered no, why then do you find it difficult believing Him for certain issues in your life? God does not want you to doubt His power. When you do, you block your access of receiving from Him. This is because it takes faith to get anything from above. Once you entertain doubt or fear in your heart, to get what you are asking from God becomes almost impossible. Faith is your access key; it is what you use to "trade" to get whatever you desire from God. When your faith is intact, there is no impossibility with you again.
From the passage of Scripture above, we can see the demonstration of the power of God in the life of a man who was born lame. Every effort by his parent to make him walk proved abortive. The desire that the man himself had so that he could just walk like others and not be remanded to a place was futile. It is even possible that the parents got frustrated, that was why they dumped him by the Temple's gate. Since his life was worthless, they must have felt that the penny he gets from begging would, at least, serve him to meet some of his basic needs. But guess what, after all hope had been lost on him, God remembered him and a new thing cropped up from his life again.
A major point worth learning from this story is that no condition is ever permanent. No matter how much people write you off, as long as God has not given up on you, then your case is not closed yet. And interestingly, there is no late-coming with God. Whenever He shows up is the best time for Him to do. People may give up on you but you don't have to give up on yourself. As long as God has not and cannot change, then, all hope is never lost for you. As He visited the lame man by the beautiful gate, He will visit you also. All He expects from you is to stay connected to Him.
Imagine if the leper got tired that day or just suddenly gave up and didn't appear by that gate, would he have received his miracle? He most likely would not have. Whatever you may be going through now, God has not forgotten you, neither has He forsaken you. That He has not showed up does not mean He will not show up, you have got to believe that. What money cannot buy is what He wants to give to you. What silver or gold cannot get you is what He wants to hand over to you so that you can become the talk of the town. You may be expecting silver and gold for your present sustenance but God is preparing something better for you. So, don't give up yet!
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There is a song by the title "Silver and gold have I none". It is based on the event of Acts chapter three. You've got to listen to it as it will bless your life. The lyrics of the song is shared below.
"Silver and gold have I none" lyrics
The song "Silver and gold have I none" came from an inspiration derived from the story of an encounter which apostles Peter and Paul had with a lame man by the beautiful gate while they were going into the temple to pray. Below is the lyrics of "Silver and gold have I none" hymn.
Peter and John went to pray:
they met a lame man on the way.
He asked for alms and held out his palms,
and this is what Peter did say:
"Silver and gold have I none,
but what I have I give to you.
In the name of Jesus Christ
of Nazareth, rise up and walk!"
He went walking and leaping and praising God,
walking and leaping and praising God.
"In the name of Jesus Christ
of Nazareth, rise up and walk."
"Silver and gold have I none" song
"Silver and gold have I none" music is such that emphasis is on the power that is in the name of Jesus. While the composer is not known, it was arranged by Betty Pulkingham in 1994. The song is based on the account of the book of Acts of the Apostles chapter three where Apostles Peter and John met with a man that was born lame sitting by the temple's gate. While he asked for alms, apostle Peter, in turn, administered the power of God upon him and he got healed immediately.
Because of the event that the song accounts for, it has been given different names over time. For instance, some people refer to it as "Peter and John went to pray" song while some others call it "The leaping songs". It is also possible that you hear some people call it "The lame man song" or "Peter and John heal a lame man song". If you consider all of them well, you will see that they all have a central theme which is the healing of a lame man by Peter and John. However, an interesting point that you must not forget about the song is that God is never late, and at the right time, He will always show up with His mighty deeds.
Well, if you are concerned about how to download the song, there are a lot of websites where the song is featured. Apart from the fact that you can listen to the song on many of these websites, amazingly, there is also the "Silver and gold have I none" lyrics YouTube video that you can watch. So, this makes it easy for you so that while you are listening to the song, you can as well sing along with it. The song is such a one that you can always refer to at any point in time to get yourself inspired and renew your trust in God's ability.
So far, we have been able to see from the passage that God wants to do beyond what we ask from Him. He wants to surpass our imaginations, and according to Ephesians 3:20, He wants to do beyond what we ask or think according to His power that is at work in us. This is something that apostle Peter understood which made him to boldly announce to the lame man who was begging for alms from him that "Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you". Therefore, just as the man got his healing by believing in the name of Jesus, you also can get whatever you desire from God if you will believe in Him as well.
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