Posted: July 2, 2012 in Books, Christianity, Education, Family, History, Life, Lifestyle, News, Parenting, Quotes, Uncategorized

“Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong.”

– Acts 3:7 NIV

Despite the contradiction of the crippled beggar sitting at the gate called Beautiful, God’s restoration power transferred through Peter enabled him to get up from his condition and stand firm in a new place in life. The account says that when Peter and John encountered the crippled beggar, Peter demanded that the man look at them and he did. Peter’s faith in Jesus Christ aroused within him both compassion for the man’s crippling condition and confidence in God’s power that this momentary condition was not beyond God’s supernatural power to restore. Peter knew all too well the reality of the crippling conditions of life that can beset us and inhibit us from walking upright, moving forward in life, progressing in faith and living victoriously. Prompted by the authority of Christ’s command and the anointing of God’s Spirit, Peter was moved with the compassion of Christ to speak life and restoration into the life of this man born crippled. Notice also, Peter didn’t just speak words of encouragement, affirmation and empowerment to this man in his circumstances, but he also extended his hand to help the man to his feet and as the man stood up the restoration power of God made him stand on his own.

Before the foundation of the world, God chose us in Christ to be an oak of righteousness for the display of His splendor (see Isaiah61:1-3)! Despite Peter’s past, God restored him and through Peter provided restoration for many, including the beggar born crippled. Is your past trying to convince you that you are useless, worthless, or beyond God’s ability to restore you to wholeness, wellness and the possibilities of something better than where you are in life currently? Both, the life of the disciples, Peter and John, along with the man born crippled gives us hope and encouragement that God is able and willing to make us better despite the conditions of our current circumstances. Once the man was restored physically, he follwed Peter and John into the temple. An invested life in Christ influences change in us and through us in the lives of others around us for God’s glory.

God wants to use us today as He used Peter. In fact, the circumstances we are facing in life may be God’s way of preparing us to act with compassion and grace in the lives of others and allow His power to work in and through us to benefit and bless others. “Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. Make level paths for your feet, so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.” – Hebrews 12:7, 11-13 NIV

May God bless you and help you to consistently be a source of hope and encouragement for the display of His splendor that benefits and blesses others as He blesses you to experience the fullness of life Christ came for us to have.

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