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Of a man who had been lame from his mother’s womb…
And seizing him by the right hand, he raised him up and immediately his feet and ankles were strengthened.
With a LEAP he stood upright and began to walk and he entered the temple with them, walking and LEAPING and praising God, and all the people saw him walking and praising God….and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him. (Acts 3:1-10)
There was the SUPERNATURAL that happened in the LEAP that took place.
It was at once a Holy Spirit empowered act that didn’t just strengthen this man’s feet and ankles only, but a POWER that propelled him out and beyond from where he sat to a distance away, made whole and complete.
This man entered the temple walking and LEAPING and praising God (v8) and yet the people that were there saw him only “walking and praising God”, but not LEAPING (v9).
Could it be that the ‘eyes of faith’ that the apostles had (“they fixed their gaze on him” v4), SAW this man actually LEAPING, but the eyes of the people did not yet ‘acclimatise to the supernatural’; they did not yet anticipate the miraculous and were still in the ‘zone of bewilderment’ and rational thinking only, as verse 10 records them “taking note of him as being the one who used to sit at the Beautiful Gate of the temple to beg alms” (they already had a fixed picture of him in their minds of how he was and therefore how he should still be) and they now had to re-align their thinking patterns to accept this new outcome, and so “wonder and amazement” had come upon them at what had happened to him.
The eyes of faith SEE the miraculous and expect it.
LEAPING brings about a TRANSITION that only God can do in His mighty power, and by faith.
Leaping is a move from one place (usually through the air), to a different place. It is more than jumping, and involves distance.
And it brings JOY! And JOY is that fruit that the Holy Spirit brings.
Let us expect the SUPERNATURAL. Let us be filled with FAITH to SEE this.
Let us see people be TRANSITIONED from a place of poverty, of lameness, of lacking strength and means of their own, to be moved in power from where they were, to another dimension of where they can be, by the Spirit.
And like a deer, with new-found freedom, having being released and freed from a gate, that that individual also, can be brought from their confinement into a place of SWIFTNESS, AGILITY and BEAUTY.
For that was this man’s testimony, at the GATE BEAUTIFUL.
Then the LAME will LEAP like a deer. (Isaiah 35:6)
Be GLAD in that day and LEAP for JOY (Luke 6:23)
…And BY MY GOD, I can LEAP over a wall (Psalm 18:29: Do you SEE the supernatural here?)
“ Listen! My beloved! Behold, he is coming, climbing on the mountains, LEAPING on the hills!” (S of S 2:8)
It’s not a LEAP of faith, but a LEAP by and through faith.
As for YOU, be being “filled with the Holy Spirit”, and leave others to “be filled with (the) wonder and (the) amazement”.
Dear YOU, Will you take that LEAP?
I deer you!
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