Don’t Let Life Pass You By– A Faith-Forward Message

What would it take for God to get your full attention? Perhaps, you need to have an “impossible encounter” so that you can recognize the awesome power of the Almighty God. Or maybe you just need to allow yourself to “LOOK” and pay attention to the message, signs, and life of Jesus Christ.

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For an unspecified length of time, the crippled beggar mentioned in Acts 3 was carried and placed at the temple gate called Beautiful. He was placed there daily, where he begged from those who entered into the temple courts. His life, in essence, had become a monotonous series of sameness. It lacked variety. He had somehow allowed himself to be positioned in such a way that life passed him by. The question you need to ask yourself is, Do I let life pass me by?

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Crippled
“Now 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.” – Acts 3:2

Crippled from birth, the man at the beautiful gate was disabled. He was impaired in his ability to function. He was unable to perform or care for his immediate needs beyond begging and asking for money from those around him. Daily, he executed a pattern that did nothing but rely on the generosity of others and positioned him for passivity.

Does this sound like you? Stuck in the same place. Lacking momentum. Allowing life to pass you by. Are things happening around you and in the lives of others, while your life is in a state of paralysis? Are you in desperate need of an impossible encounter? Yes! Your impossible encounter – an unexpected, yet well-needed confrontation with the LORD – can be found in Jesus Christ. It is only through Him that your faith-forward lesson on a “kinetic Christianity” can take place.

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Kinetic (Walking, Jumping and Praising)
“Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, ‘Look at us!’ So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them. 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. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. When all the people saw him walking and praising God, they 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.” – Acts 3:4-10

Peter and John were positioned by God to have a chance encounter with an unsuspecting crippled beggar. The beggar who had kept going through the motions of his life habitually and with a lack of forward movement had an incredible and impossible encounter that changed his life forever. He went from a life of lacking to a life of living, just through the message, power, and workings of Jesus Christ.

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You and I, like the crippled beggar, can move from a life of passivity and co-dependence on others to a life of active dependence on God. We can allow the influence of Christ and the instruction of the Holy Spirit to transform our existence. No more inactivity. No more laziness. No more. Now is the time to look, get up, and go forward with the Good News of the Gospel. And while we are at it, let us not forget to be kinetic (walking upright, joyfully celebrating, and loudly praising God).

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Scripture Reference: Acts 3

Question: Are you a “kinetic Christian?” Why or why not?

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