Do not let the wounded soldier die!

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Help!

Acts3:1-8 tells an amazing story of a cripple whose life took a new turn when he experienced the miracle of healing at the hands of Apostles Peter and John.

Then Peter said, "Silver or gold I do not have, but what I 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. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. ~ Acts 3: 6-8

This man couldn’t do any of these things before; but after Peter and John had taken him by the right hand and helped him up – and by so doing, filled his feet and ankles with strength – he became their companion, and filled God’s house with praise.

He became their companion, and filled God’s house with praise

Peter and John had this man join them – making them three men; in other words, they experienced instant increase. Then, they filled God’s house with praise, and inspired thousands of believers; and all these because they strengthened someone – "taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong."

God wants to make His house a house of praise. However, a lot of those who will praise God with us – who would enhance and amplify our praise, are still lying crippled at the ‘Beautiful Gate’.

So much is not yet happening in our lives, in our businesses, and in our ministries, because the people who are supposed to do them – that is, help us do them – are still sitting crippled at the Beautiful Gate.

We need to help them up!

Strengthen your stakes

If we want to see great increase and glory in our lives, we must learn how to help others get back up on their feet. We can’t wish away the fact that there are feeble ones amongst us. If you think that you are strong today, then help others up

Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way; ~ Isaiah 35:3

The prophecy in Isaiah 54:1-3 reveals an important secret to explosive growth: strengthen your stakes.

"… strengthen your stakes. For you will spread out to the right and to the left; your descendants will dispossess nations and settle in their desolate cities."

We will not be able to spread to the right and to the left – that is, we will not see God’s increase – until we learn to strengthen our stakes. This means to strengthen others – our brothers and sisters who may be weak today.

If you want to see great growth and glory in your life, your ministry, your home church, your business, your family, and so on, you must learn to strengthen your stakes – your brothers and sisters.

How?

Pray for one another – as sharply opposed to criticizing them

Rather than gossip, intercede!

Peter denied Christ. Very ugly sin; but Christ forgave him. Actually Jesus Christ had already taken care of the situation by praying for him. "But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers." ~ Luke 22:32

If Jesus had abandoned Peter, his ministry would never have seen the light of the day. If only, we would intercede for our brothers and sisters in prayer, their mistakes would not be fatal!

We must realize that failure can be a friend. Failure can make one better – it makes one understand those who fail. As a matter of fact, those who have not failed before are practically useless to God – Hebrews 14: 14; God has a special place of use for those who have failed before.

Therefore, let’s care for our wounded soldiers. Do not let the wounded soldier die!

With our mouths!

To his friends who were blaming him, instead of comforting him, Job said that if he were in their shoes he would choose to encourage.

"But I would strengthen you with my mouth, and the moving of my lips should assuage your grief." ~ Job 16:5

Isaiah speaks about a tongue that knows how to speak words of strength to the weak.

The Sovereign LORD has given me an instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens my ear to listen like one being taught. ~ Isaiah 50:4

We must learn how to speak strength and courage into one another. There’s power in what we say, and in how we say it. We can strengthen each other with our mouths.

While David was in the desert of rejection and discouragement – 1 Samuel 23: 15-18 – Saul’s son Jonathan went to him and helped him find strength in God. "Don’t be afraid," he said. "My father Saul will not lay a hand on you. You will be king over Israel, and I will be second to you. Even my father Saul knows this."

Through his words, Jonathan helped David find strength in God.

According to Proverbs 27:17, "As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another."

This was what Jonathan did for David, and we should do the same for one another if we want to see greater growth and glory in our lives.

Peter and John did this when they said to the cripple, "In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk"; but also, when they took him by the right hand and helped him up.

Many are sitting crippled at the beautiful gate; but they can walk today – that is, if we can learn to strengthen them with our mouths.

Like Peter and John, you and I need to take one another by the right hand, and help one another up.

The Prodigal Son in Luke15:11-31 could easily come back home because he knew he had a father who would never abandon him. The church is our home. We should know that no matter how bad things are, we can always run back home.

In God’s house, there is the miracle of metamorphosis – a vessel of wood can become a vessel of Gold; so, we must make room for imperfections in our brothers and sisters. Let’s learn to help one another.

We should be there for each other and strengthen one another in difficult times with words of encouragement.

"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power." ~ Ephesians 6:10

"And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching." ~ Hebrews 10:24-25


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