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Acts 14

Acts 14

“Now at Lystra there was a man sitting who could not use his feet. He was crippled from birth and had never walked. He listened to Paul speaking. And Paul, lookingintently at him and seeing that he had faith to be made well, said in a loud voice,’Stand upright on your feet.’ And he sprang up and began walking.” Acts 14:8-10

During the time of the apostles, to be crippled often times led to a lifetime of poverty. Economics was very simple. Men worked manual labor in almost every type of occupation in the workforce. They used their hands to trade and their feet to plow; often traveling many miles, from one town to the next. Men were expected to be the head of their homes and providers of their family. Having some form of disability often prevented men from having either.

This crippled man was likely begging for money. Suddenly, he heard the divine words uttered by Paul the apostle.  He was stunned. He had lived a lifetime of emotional banishment, worthless to the masses that have crossed his path. Perceived to be worthless and a burden to society, he hears for the first time, words of eternal hope.

The crippled man wastes no time and casts his faith in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ! Immediately, his legs are enabled and he springs himself onto his feet, forever changing his life!

Warrior, do you not understand that this physical ailment, this crippled experienced, is a picture of sin? If we’re not careful, sin will not only cripple us but it can sentence us to a lifetime of bondage; straight to hell. Take heed that you not only have trusted in Jesus, but that you also possess the life changing power of the Holy Spirit.