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Are You Overlooking the Obvious?

Updated on June 7, 2012

Acts 3:4-9 (NLT)

4 Peter and John looked at him intently, and Peter said, “Look at us!” 5 The lame man looked at them eagerly, expecting some money. 6 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!” 7 Then Peter took the lame man by the right hand and helped him up. And as he did, the man’s feet and ankles were instantly healed and strengthened. 8 He jumped up, stood on his feet, and began to walk! Then, walking, leaping, and praising God, he went into the Temple with them.9 All the people saw him walking and heard him praising God.

Do we allow life’s circumstances to prevent us from experiencing the glory of God in our lives? The lame man at the gate called Beautiful in the above passage was born lame and so daily he would be placed at the temple gate where he begged for money. He received what he was begging for, believing (given his condition) that money was the most that he could hope for, believe for, or expect.

Along come Peter and John, full of the Holy Ghost and full of power. They had the ability to see beyond what the lame man was begging for and to see him healed. Peter and John could have given him money; but the next day, he would have been right back in the same place still begging. They chose to give the lame man life; Jesus, a miracle!

When Peter and John told the man to look at them, expectancy immediately arose in the man’s heart. How cool is it to be expecting one thing and God gives you more than you ever thought, dreamed, or imagined was possible? His expectancy, Peter and John’s faith, the Holy Spirit, and the power of God working in them raised the lame man up and out of that condition that had crippled him from birth!

When Peter took the man by the right hand and lifted him up, immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. He jumped up, stood, and began walking, leaping, and praising God! He did not forget the most important thing – to praise God! Peter and John did not take credit for this miracle; but gave God the glory for raising this man and giving him life.

Are we physically, mentally, or spiritually crippled?

This man had been in his situation because of a condition that he was born with. Even in his condition, he was still placed at the temple gate seeking money daily. He could have remained home and chosen to have a daily pity party because (we can conclude from the text that) he was physically. mentally, AND spiritually crippled. Doubt and unbelief were constant companions of this man as he lay begging at the gate daily. The man's mind was not renewed daily, but was focused on what he considered to be his greatest need. What have we allowed to cripple us physically, mentally, and spiritually such that we have become slothful and complacent; seeking the temporal rather than the eternal? Reflect on the following series of questions.

·Why am I still in the condition that I’m in and what am I doing daily to change or better my circumstances? What are my thoughts concerning my situation? Do my thoughts align with the Word of God?

·How am I demonstrating my expectancy? Am I expecting God’s best?

·What is it that I, perhaps, am overlooking? What is it that I really need? Do I believe that God is able to provide it?

·Am I settling out of complacency by choosing not to even ask or hope for a miracle?

Remember, we have an Abba, Father who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask, or think, according to the power that worketh in us. (Ephesians 3:20) We don’t have to stay in our spiritually decrepit conditions; God is able to deliver and set us free beyond our wildest expectations!


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      YvetteParker 4 years ago from AUGUSTA, GA

      Amen, Helen to everything you have posted here! I know you're right. I don't know where I would be without God's unfailing love, His grace, and the mighty miracles that He continues to perform in my life and in the lives of others that trust Him, His word, and His promises. I see Him moving in this season like I have never seen before. As you have said, Helen, "Jesus Christ our Lord is amazing!" Thank you for sharing and blessing us with your comments.

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      oceansider 4 years ago

      Hi Yvette,

      Your article is wonderful and is a great witness to the Power of Jesus Christ our Lord.....we do need to believe that Jesus can do any miracle, because he is God, he can do anything....and I talk to Him throughout my day in thanksgiving for all He has done and knowing that He will do many miracles in my life, because I ask Him & believe He can do anything!

      I can write a book about all of the miracles my Lord has made in my life & in my children's lives......Jesus Christ our Lord is amazing, He is so good to his saints and gives us so much more than we ever ask for...He is so faithful to those of us who believe in Him & follow Him!

      God bless you sister,


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      YvetteParker 4 years ago from AUGUSTA, GA

      How profound and beautiful, coffeeinmyrice! I love your comments. Thank you so much for sharing them with us.

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      In my own ways, I listen to my mind as it clears my conscience for me. I listen to my heart as it beats in prayer to God. I listen to my voice as it speaks to God as my Father, my Creator, my Confidant, my Comforter, my Great Listener, my Forgiver, and my Trustful Friend.

      I always feel satisfied by the end of the day...when in the beginning of getting up to a new day to the end of getting a good rest, I have said and given my thanks to the Lord.

      Useful and Awesome hub, Yvette!

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      YvetteParker 5 years ago from AUGUSTA, GA

      Thanks oceansider for your visit and your time in posting your kind comments. I absolutely love your passion for God and for pleasing Him!

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      oceansider 5 years ago

      Hi Yvette,

      This was well done, sister! Thank you for your encouragement and for bringing to people's attention, that they need to give all the glory to God for every miracle, for every blessing....yes! This is the first thing that I do and will always do.

      God's blessings to you Yvette,


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      YvetteParker 5 years ago from AUGUSTA, GA

      Isn't it amazing and reassuring, glmclendon, to know that God knows what He has for us, what's best for us, how to get it to us, and when to get it to us? As you said, "He has this thing all planned out for us." Praise God for His sovereignty!

      Sallieannluvslife, how right you are! God so desires for us to see ourselves as He sees us! Once we begin to see ourselves through the eyes of Jesus, we can then embrace God as the Daddy that He is in all of His power, might, and glory!

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      sallieannluvslife 5 years ago from Eastern Shore

      Thanks, Yvette - your last paragraph is something we need to remind ourselves of every day! Blessings to you....

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      glmclendon 5 years ago

      Yvette, good hub. As Christians we should spend more time on our knees and less in the pity party. You made it plain what more do we need? We are believers and must act like it and do what is aproved by God. He has this thing all planned out for us.

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