YOU BELIEVE, BUT WHAT DO YOU SAY?

Posted: June 27, 2012 in Books, Christianity, Education, Family, History, Life, Lifestyle, News, Parenting, Quotes, Uncategorized

“Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, ‘Look at us!’ Then 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.’ Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong.”

– Acts 3:4, 6-7 NIV

There are 3 distinct contradictions I recognize in this short encounter Peter and John had with the crippled beggar at the temple gate called Beautiful in the book of Acts. 1) The man born crippled sat at a gate called ‘beautiful’ to beg, 2) Peter acknowledged not having silver or gold, but he had a wealth of power to bring restoration to a man who was born crippled, and 3) All 3 men were born into debilitating circumstances (being crippled and the state of sin), yet all 3 were set free by a power beyond themselves. Peter and John may not have been born crippled, but they were born with the crippling condition of sin they became all too familiar with when they failed to demonstrate their loyalty to Jesus in the face of great opposition deserting Him and denying even knowing Him in Jesus’ greatest time of need for support from devoted friends. Their failure could have crippled them for the rest of their lives, mentally and emotionally. They could have resigned to live in the crippling mindset of regret, or languished in the debilitating neutrality of shame, or guilt. Peter and John could have resolved within themselves that their sin, failure, or mistake was too great for them to ever be of use to the Master and remained forever haunted by their past, their failures and the would’ve, could’ve, should’ve’s of life.

Instead, after the resurrection of Jesus, Peter and John endured and persevered through the reality of their season of adversity and encountered the restoration power of Christ that aroused within them the mission and purpose for which they had been chosen by God, through faith in Christ, to follow. They allowed the redemptive, regenerative work of the Holy Spirit to accomplish within them what they would then be empowered to share with others, including the crippled beggar at the gate called beautiful. How discouraging, disappointing and disillusioned it can be to be in a place called beautiful, but be in a crippled state in a posture of humiliation feeling less than and impoverished in comparison to others around you. How frustrating and agonizing it can be, creating a sense of anguish, even bitterness and resentment, when you are born, or placed,into  a context, condition, or set of circumstances that positions you to be in this beautiful world God created for our enjoyment, but not benefit from it to the degree others are enjoying. It can be heartbreaking, gut wrenching and instill within us a self-loathing that can create a crippled lifestyle for us, as sin can do.

Thanks be to God, through Jesus Christ, that no matter what condition, context, or set of circumstances we may be in, God has the power, through faith, to restore us and give us power to provide the same restoration for others! Peter’s discourse with the crippled beggar reminds us and reinforces to us that there is a greater wealth and power at our disposal than money. The woman with the issue of blood suffered for 12 years and spent all she had, but it was her faith that made her whole and restored her. She said if she could only touch the hem of Jesus’ garment she would be made whole. Peter said, in essence, ‘I do not have money to give you, but what I have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.’ Peter and the sick woman both declared what they believed and experienced the restoration power of God in a way that money could not produce for them. There is a life Christ came for us to have that extends beyond the boundary of what money can provide and produce for ourselves and others. Believe and speak the authoritative word of God and allow the anointing of Christ’s power resonate within you so you can experience the true hidden life of Jesus Christ.

May God bless you and help you to speak, by faith, what you believe according to His word to allow His power to work in you, through you and around you, by His Spirit, to experience the fullness of life Christ came for you to have.

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  1. Iv never really thought of the contridictions that you named there. Its fascinating when you think about how perfectly things can be set up by God. Some of the things u said sounds a lot like what a friend of mine needs to hear, someone I will probably mention in my blogs quite often once i start writing more. He has his problems, but its all caused by the fact that hes depressed and is having a really hard time with it. Thank you for ur wisdom and the courage to share it openly on the web!:)

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    • myimmanuel says:

      Amen! Thank you for your comments! My next post was going to address the thought of Peter’s actions in enabling the crippled beggar to his feet. It takes courage to minister to (encourage others) because their response may not always be receptive. I pray God will endow you with His grace, timing and compassion to help your friend and your friend will experience the restoration power of God to set him free from depression and what causes it. Praise God for His insights and His power to heal! God bless! Also, you can encourage him to take a look at the Psalms that hold a lot of great expressions of feelings from the soul that minister to me greatly when I am wrestling with intense thoughts and emotions.

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