Walking in Christ Baffles the Church

Acts 3:1-10

  • Needy Expecting Money from Church Goers.
  • Money not Needed to Walk in Jesus Christ.
  • A Person Praises God and the Church Wonders what Happened.

Needy Expecting Money from Churchgoers.
There are many people who are crippled and not able to walk in the testimony of Jesus Christ. Some look in the direction of the churches to receive Godly help, but all they get is a secular hand-out. Unfortunately, the churches can’t be depended on to bring the Gospel message with the power of the Holy Spirit. Instead of walking in the Spirit of Christ, the “seekers” sit as cripples at the gates of the churches.

Every day, a man would sit at the outside entrance of the church to beg for money. Day after day churchgoer after churchgoer would contribute something to the man to help him through the day. The man was crippled from birth, so I imagine this was an on-going routine for a long time. The churchgoers were filing into the churchyard to have their afternoon prayer, as they do day after day. Nothing extraordinary at all was happening relating to the power of the Holy Spirit to bring people to Jesus Christ.

This describes the churches of today, nobody really expects any more from them than materialistic, worldly, and secular things. Week after week the churchgoers file into the churches and week after week nothing in the power of the Holy Spirit is expected from them. It would be an abnormal event if someone brought the Gospel of Christ with the fiery tongues of the Holy Spirit. The churches are dominated with people who live for the mark of the beast which has emptied them of the power of the Holy Spirit and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

“One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—
at three in the afternoon. 
Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful,
where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. 
When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money.”
Acts 3:1-3

Money not Needed to Walk in Jesus Christ.
Peter and John approach the cripple man, they are filled with the power of the Holy Spirit and burning to give people what they need to walk in Christ. Peter said to the cripple, “Look at us,” and the cripple had no idea what was about to happen. Peter and John were about to bring the power of the Holy Spirit on the man to put him on his feet praising God. Peter and John weren’t like the other churchgoers, they didn’t have a dime to their name. They were different from the other churchgoers in another way, they had the infilling of the Holy Spirit and were burning to glorify the name of Jesus Christ. Peter said, “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Peter took the man by the hand and helped him up. He could walk!

Today, those who live for Jesus Christ will find themselves in a tight financial situation, finding it difficult to be charitable. Those who govern by the mark of the beast does not want Christians, who are empowered by the Holy Spirit, to be free to spread the Gospel message. As followers of Christ, we have to be willing to be different from the churchgoers of today. We have to be willing to live with financial scarcity, and we have to be willing to bring the Gospel of Christ to others. The goal is to help others to stand on their feet in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, so that they can walk with Jesus.

“Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” 
So, the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.
Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you.
In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” 
Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up,
and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong.”
Acts 3:4-7

A Person Praises God and the Churchgoers Wonders what Happened.
Day after day the churchgoers were contributing money and such to help the cripple man to live from day to day. Today, people are looked at as a bundle of basic needs. Basic needs such as health, housing, social love, esteem, and self-identity. The churchgoers aren’t seeing past those needs, and apparently don’t see any other need except for food. He was left alone to beg, he had a hard time making eye contact with anyone, and he sure wasn’t living a self-fulfilled lifestyle.

Those who govern by the mark of the beast considers people to be human animals with the same basic needs as all other animals. The churches of today have resorted to that hierarchy, especially the social belonging and social love aspect without Jesus Christ. They make social inclusion a reward for those who live by the mark of the beast. Because they focus on the needs of the human animal and not the immortal soul created by God, the Holy Spirit and Gospel of Christ is discarded.

The churchgoers were amazed that someone walked into their gathering, walking, jumping, and praising God. They were witnessing a man who was walking in the name of Jesus Christ. Today’s churches would be more than amazed to see someone filled with the Holy Spirit and praising God in the name of Jesus Christ. They would be offended. Their efforts would be to sit the man down, to quiet him, and to bring him into alignment with their unGodly principles. They would try to return him to his Spiritually crippled life. When they do that, they are fighting against the Holy Spirit, discarding the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and offending God. That is what those who live by the mark of the beast do.

“He jumped to his feet and began to walk.
Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. 
When all the people saw him walking and praising God, they recognized him
as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, 
and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.”
Acts 3:8-10

“….to you who do not hold to her teaching and have not learned Satan’s so-called deep secrets,“
‘I will not impose any other burden on you, except to hold on to what you have until I come.’”
“I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.”
Revelation 2:24-25, 3:11

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