Lame – to be disabled in a limb which impairs free movement; weak; unsatisfactory
Many people are satisfied with the lameness in their lives. They are comfortable in the condition they are in. They are okay with their job, friendships, and church. They are satisfied with just “getting by in life.”
A beggar keeps begging because he is satisfied with just getting a dollar. In Acts 3 there was a crippled man who was carried and laid each day at the gate of the temple called Beautiful so he could beg for money from those who entered the temple. He asked Peter and John for a gift, but Peter said “Silver and gold (money) I do not have: but what I do have, that I give to you: in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk!”
Peter gave him the use of the name of JESUS, which empowers and strengthens you to rise from your current condition and position, and reach new levels. The name of Jesus also gives you authority to overcome (be victorious) over trials and temptations in your life; and help others. So, Peter gave the beggar the key to help him ARISE and MOVE FORWARD in his life.
Sometimes you ask for things that you think are good and will make you better, but God knows what is best. After all, it is He that created you and predestined you to fulfill His purpose for your life on earth. Sometimes you ask God for more money from your job, but He knows allowing you to make more money will not help you if you don’t know how to manage the money you receive currently. For example, you buy a larger TV rather than tithe (give a tenth) of your earnings to your church.
“Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.” (Malachi 3:8-11)
When you don’t tithe you rob God. That is, you rob God’s ability to bless you because you did not meet the requirement necessary to receive the blessing. God desires for His children to live an abundant life.
“The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).” (John 10:10)
The Greek word for “Abundant” is “perissos”, which means superior; exceeding abundantly; above; more abundantly; advantage; exceedingly; very highly; beyond measure. However, the key to having an ABUNDANT LIFE is to love God by keeping His commandments = obeying the Word of God.
“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13)
Karmen A. Booker has been called by God to exhort and teach others the Word of God. She is the founder of Wings of Love Women’s Ministry (WLWM), which creates an atmosphere and forum where women can realize healing and spiritual growth, while cultivating their God-given gifts and ministering in their local churches and their communities and the world.
WLWM’s desire is to connect with other women who have battled abuse in their lives, and who have been held back from moving forward for whatever reason. We seek to encourage victims of abuse to go forth and grow in their personal relationship with Jesus Christ with more commitment & boldness, knowing that through healing and restoration “the good work God has began in them He will complete.’’
WLWM offers ministry resources such as “Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts”, which is designed to encourage you to discover your God-given spiritual gifts so you can use them to help and bless others, while growing in your personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Go to https://womendestinedforgreatness.wordpress.com/2013/02/12/discovering-your-god-given-gifts/