“Behold, men who were keeping an appointment were carrying one man crippled from his mother’s womb, bringing and placing him at the gate of The Temple, which is called Shappira, to be asking charity from those entering The Temple,” Acts 3:2.
The man at the Gate of Beautiful did absolutely nothing wrong to cause him to be in the state he was in, a paraplegic beggar.
In fact, the Bible clearly states that this man suffered this from his mothers womb.
Many today would describe as a placental curse. It wasn’t any bad choice he made financially, relational, in business, neither in his spirituality, yet this man for close to OR little over 40 years, was carried to the entrance of the temple to beg for alms…
He had to be living off handouts and waiting for religious folk to feel sorry for him and do a “righteous” act by giving to him so he could eat.
There are many who, like this man, are in a similar state of feeling as if they’re in a spiritually vegetative state, severely handicapped and incapacitated, financially and immobile and rendered powerless, disabled and immobile and ineffective, but just like Peter and John went up and met this man by divine appointment, so will GRACE and MERCY come up to meet you and change the course of your life forever.
I remember the story of the man at the Pool of Bethesda in John 5:1-15 and surprisingly enough the name of the pool, “Bethesda,” is Aramaic. means “House of Mercy,” where all kinds of “disabled” people would go to for healing, when it is said that the angel would come down and trouble the water.
The similarity in these stories was that everyone actually “passed” them by. But Jesus would demonstrate the power of God to be GREATER than there circumstances and would therefore dumfound humanity who thought it was virtually impossible for any good thing to happen for them.
I speak to someone here, as God I believe, has laid this scripture on my heart; that there are people around you who know your situation and have given up on you, grown weary of “carrying” or helping you, have pronounced you dead, but God has divinely orchestrated your life, sequence of events and even this situation that you’re in to manifest himself to you and prove that He is God ALL MIGHTY AND POWERFUL!
I prophesy, “YOU SHALL BE LIFTED IN JESUS NAME!”
“For He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory,” 1 Samuel 2:8.
Peter looked that man intently in the eye and declared, “Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk,” and immediately those feeble feet gained strength.
When grace and mercy finds you, when Jesus meets you your atmosphere will shift, your life will change and you will dance and leap and rejoice and they that forsook, laughed at even scorned you will be ashamed.
And they who said, “Where is your God?” will be confounded.
“Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert,” Isaiah 35:6.
Sometimes you see others “passing” you by entering through their “Beautiful Gate,” getting married, getting their breakthroughs in business and ministry, taking advantage of various opportunities and advancing, but your time will come, your hour of divine visitation, your time for deliverance and healing.
God is in control.
~ Syreeta Thomas