Rise Up and Walk

August 12, 2022

Acts 3:1-10

One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. 2Now a man crippled from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. 3When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. 4Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” 5So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.

6Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” 7Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. 8He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. 9When all the people saw him walking and praising God, 10they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.

Rise Up and Walk

               What a wonderful story of God’s power to heal and restore a man crippled from his birth.                

What about those many who we pass by that are crippled in their thinking.  They live out of an orphan spirit of dependency upon others, perhaps because no one has ever really spoken into their lives about who they are in Christ.  We see the crippled all around us and while they can walk physically, they are handicapped in their spirit.  God wants us, like Peter and John to not just go on enabling their dependency, but to speak a word of faith into them to raise up their spirits into a place of wholeness and restoration.  He wants us to speak into them what God says about them and how God sees them. 

               Some of you are thinking, “and what is that?”  That is a change in paradigm and a way of thinking that raises a person up from seeing oneself apart from the Father.  God’s heart is to raise up crippled people all over the world who don’t know who they are in God and how He sees them. 

               Many of us are still in that state.  Do you know how God sees you?  When God speaks to you in your spirit or through a prophetic word, does He condemn you for who you are and how you have failed?  No, He speaks to who He sees you becoming in Christ.  Most of us know that God could nail us on numerous accounts of failure in our life, but God is seeing you complete in Christ without sin.  He sees you through His Son and His righteousness.  That is how God wants us to see and minister to those around us.  Which of us wouldn’t want to hear that God really does love and care about us individually?  That He really does have a purpose and destiny for our lives.  That He really does want to restore, heal and raise us up to the sonship that He has destined us for.  God’s Word really is good news.  It’s not about how many people you can sell fire insurance to so they don’t go to hell, but how many people you can speak the life giving Word of God into to bring them into the light and truth of God’s personal love for them and restore back to them all that Adam lost in the garden. 

               We have that same love and power that Peter and John carried with them.  Jesus said, ” which is easier, ‘to say your sins are forgiven or take up your bed and walk?'”  There is a correlation here with people’s spiritual condition.  When you can speak the life, the love, the hope and the salvation of Christ into someone’s life you have just caused the lame man to walk.  When you have given someone the revelation of God as their personal Father who is the One that is able meet all their needs, then you have just raised a lame man to his feet. 

               Many of us may not be lame, but we may be a little deaf and insensitive.    Be sensitive to those God opportunities when you can speak into someone’s life with the authority and the love of God.  It is not about how much silver or gold you have, but about how much of the love and power of God you carry and pour into those who are lame and crippled with whatever their need may be.



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