// Craig W. Hagin
THERE'S A STORY in the Bible of a man who had never walked a day in his life. He was lame from his mother's womb. Each day, they would lay him at the temple gate, and he would ask for money from the people entering in. Kindhearted people gave him money so he could take care of himself. Then one day, his life changed.
The disciples Peter and John were going into the temple to pray (Acts 3:1). The lame man saw them and asked them for money. Peter said, "Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk" (Acts 3:6 NKJV).
Full of compassion and faith, Peter took the lame man by the right hand and lifted him up. Immediately strength hit his feet and ankles. He began walking, leaping, and praising God as he entered the temple.
Jesus Inside You
Jesus came that we might have life and have it more abundantly (John 10:10). As believers, we have that abundant life on the inside of us. In the story of the lame man in Acts chapter 3, we see that he began to walk at the mention of the Name of Jesus. When we speak that Name, it changes our destiny.
In life we sometimes go through tough situations that knock us down. Maybe we're not physically lame or on the ground like the man at the gate. But something happens in our lives that knocks us over, and we don't want to get up. We feel defeated, because it looks like we're losing. But God has made us champions in Christ. GOD WANTS US TO GET UP, LET GO OF THE PAST, AND WALK INTO HIS PLAN FOR OUR LIVES.
When tough situations happen, we can't stay down. We must rise up. We do this not in our own ability, but in the ability of Christ in us. Peter said to the lame man, "Get up, in the Name of Jesus." In the same way, we can speak those words to ourselves. We can speak that Name in faith when situations arise against us.
When the enemy comes and knocks us down with circumstances, we can boldly say, "In the Name of Jesus, you have no right. You have no authority to push me down. I'm going to rise. I'm going to walk." We can rise up in Jesus' Name! We can walk again. The Greater One inside us can help us get up.
I'm telling you, wherever you are right now, get up! Quit letting circumstances and problems keep you down! Quit being an emotional mess. Stop looking at everything happening around you and start looking at Jesus Christ—your Savior. He is the Answer to every test you're going through. And He is saying, "Get up!"
JESUS DID NOT DIE ON THE CROSS FOR US TO LIE AROUND IN DEFEAT. Jesus died on the cross for us to get up, go out, and fulfill what He called us to do. We have the ability on the inside. We have the Greater One living inside us (1 John 4:4).
It's time to move forward. We can never reach the future trying to relive or rehash our past. We have to let the past go to move forward. And we can stand up because of Jesus.
[Editor's Note: This article was adapted from Craig W. Hagin's Saturday message at A Call to Arms 2015.]
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