Get Up and Walk: A New Beginning

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By Jason Neil Soto

Our faith is small. Tiny. Microscopic.

We talk about problems as if they can’t be solved. We love to place God in a box. “If only God would act this way…”

How is it possible that our lives are so weak?

…Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 2 Cor. 5:17

Is there anything too powerful for God? Can God be overwhelmed? Think about it. Is the Holy Spirit a real part of your existence?

Miracles According to God’s Timing

A couple of fishermen were on their way to the Temple. For Peter and John this was a trip very familiar to them. They had walked this dusty path many times.

But something was different about today. They had an inner awareness of God. Never again would they be the same fishermen that met Jesus a number of years before. God was at work within them.

Peter and John lived among people doing the same thing on the same day. This was especially true for the beggar in front of the Temple Gate.

He was begging in the same way, expecting the same results. A few bits of coin today, perhaps a piece of unwanted bread. He had no reason to believe in any kind of miracles. What else could a man whose legs don’t work expect? It was his life and he was doomed to it, by golly!

But God had other plans.

“Look at us!” 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 the Nazarene, get up and walk!” Acts 3:4-6

The handicapped man who was brought in a stretcher left with new legs. (Running and skipping, no doubt.)

Peter and John were not rich and successful men according to the world’s standards. But they knew that wealth according to God is not measured in dollars and cents. It is measured in Christ. (Click to tweet)

Peter was quite a different man from the Christ-denier that existed only a short number of years before. Now he could open his mouth and proclaim with faith, “I give you what I have!” What he had was the Spirit of God working in him. It is worth more than all of the skyscrapers in Manhattan, more than all of the fish in the sea, and more than every bit of gold and silver in existence. There is nothing more precious than the power of God working in a Christian. (Click to tweet)

Walk in faith. Get rid of everything that is holding you back.

What are you holding on to? What regret causes you to doubt God’s power? Pornography? Homosexuality? Rage? Bitterness? Abortion? Lust? Hatred? Get rid of it!

Maybe your life is stagnant. You’ve gotten used to the same routine; you’re sitting at the same desk on the same day. Today is the day to grab on to the loving, nail-scarred hands of Christ. Walk as a brand new creation by faith in the spirit of the living, present, and working God. He will give you new legs.

The New C|C

This is the first week of the new C|C. Daily content starts this week!

I never dreamed there would be a staff of writers with me here at Comments on Christianity. But God had other plans.

We have an amazing group. They will make you smile, laugh, share with you how God helped them through struggles, and give you biblical lessons for a daily dose of hope in Christ.

“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.” Eph 3:20-21

Friend, God is at work. Your sins are forgiven. Your faith in Christ has healed you.

Get up and walk.

What is holding you back from walking in faith? I look forward to your comments.

JNS tiny bio picJason Neil Soto is a Christian writer and blogger. He lives with his wife and boys in San Diego, CA. He is humbled and honored to work with a great group of writers here at the new C|C, Comments on Christianity. Contact: Email | Twitter

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6 replies

  1. Praise God! He is bigger than I give Him credit for. Thankfully, He gently reminds me of that every time my faith begins to be clouded with doubts.

    Looking forward to more posts.

  2. A word well spoken and timely. I really needed this. Thanks for sharing.

    Blessings

  3. If there’s anything that stifles my faith, it’s walking by sight – like the “temple goers” in Acts 3, I get caught up in the surface appearance of things. “The people were filled with wonder and amazement” to see the beggar get healed.

    Yet Peter confronts them, “why do you marvel at this.., as though by “our” own power?” The people were impressed with Peter, even the beggar; missing the message within the “miracle”, the power of “faith” working through two people who chose to believe. “For of such is the Kingdom of Heaven”

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