BIBLE READING|ACTS 14:8-11
8 And in Lystra a certain man without strength in his feet was sitting, a cripple from his mother’s womb, who had never walked.
9 This man heard Paul speaking. [a]Paul, observing him intently and seeing that he had faith to be healed,
10 said with a loud voice, “Stand up straight on your feet!” And he leaped and walked.
11 Now when the people saw what Paul had done, they raised their voices, saying in the Lycaonian language, “The gods have come down to us in the likeness of men!”
Faith has been defined as the lens through which vision is given, the tonic that draws the poison from every grief, the divine remedy for every grief, the divine remedy for every malady, and the supernatural balm that soothes every pain.
The lame man of Lystra in today’s text was a man with an in-born error of life. He was a man known and called by his ailment; a man limited in stride in spite of strenuous efforts; a man whose progress in life has been hindered.
To him crippled legs meant crippled destiny, crippled dream, crippled opinion and crippled voice. In times of disaster, he was helpless and highly dependent on others.
A day came when he took the tonic of faith and received tone for his flabby muscles.
The physically disabled had since become a reference point in divine ability. By faith, he dragged himself to the crusade ground; by faith, he overcame hindrances and ignored mockery; by faith, he shut his ears to the noise around and listened to the voice from above; by faith, he provoked divine attention that will forever remove his tension.
Paul, while teaching saw that the lame man had taken enough antidotes for healing. He was crippled outside, yet walking inside, then, faith brought for him miraculous manifestation. You can also rise from that level of inward lameness to a platform of public testimony.
PRAYER: Today, I rise from stagnation, forget about my past, perceive, believe and receive a better future in Jesus name.
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