14th June 2011

Walk…Don’t Limp!

“The lame man looked at them eagerly, expecting some money. But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, get up and walk.”
Acts 3: 5-6 (NLT)

A short time after the day of Pentecost during which the disciples of Jesus had received the gift of the Holy Spirit that Jesus told them He would send, just as his Father had promised (Luke 24: 49), Peter and John were going to the Temple to participate in the prayer service, which took place every afternoon at 3 pm. As they approached the Temple they encountered a man who had been crippled from birth and healed him in the name of Jesus. (Acts 3:1-9).

Notice: “He jumped to his feet and began to walk! Then walking, leaping, and praising God, he went into the Temple with them.” (Verse 8). Through the power of God’s Spirit and in the name of Jesus, this individual who had never walked in his life, began to walk, leap and praise God.

I recently twisted my ankle, and I know why that happened; it came about because I exercise like a thirty year old but unfortunately I am well past double that age! And now as I hobble around with a knee strap and in pain, all I can do is shake my head and smile.

Walk, (Greek Peripatio), is an interesting word in scripture, it is used in the strictly literal sense (e.g., Mark 1:16; Luke 20:46). But it is also used figuratively to indicate ones lifestyle. Believers once walked in the ways of the world (Colossians 3: 1-7) but now we can walk in the Spirit.

Paul, writing to the church in Galatia reminds us “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” (Galatians 5: 25 NKJV). Or as the NIV puts it; “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit!”

As I remembered this scripture today I just had to ask myself the question; “Am I walking in the Sprit, or am I merely limping in the Spirit?” Like the crippled man healed at the Temple; am I walking, leaping, and praising God?

The answer makes all the difference!

“Thank you, heavenly Father, for the precious, powerful and generous gift of your Spirit.  Help me to be focused on the power contained in the name of Jesus and joyfully appropriate that in my daily life as I walk in step with him by your Spirit.”

Study by Cliff Neill

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