Acts 9:33-35 Peter found a man named Aeneas, bedridden for eight years, who was paralysed. Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; rise and make your bed.” And immediately he rose. And all the residents of Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord.
The Apostle Peter was on the move, preaching the gospel and ministering healing and freedom in Jesus name, wherever he went. In the town of Lydda, Peter encounters a paralysed man, bedridden for eight years. The reality of the situation is intimidating for anyone of us but Peter doesn’t appear to miss a beat. He pray’s a simple but powerful prayer of faith in Jesus name and commands the man to get up. The bible records the man immediately rose up from his paralysed state and started to walk. I’m challenged by Peter’s faith and simple prayer. I’m confronted with the fact that although, I too have seen miracles in other’s lives through the power of the Holy Spirit in Jesus name, and yet I hunger for more of God’s love, grace and power to flow through me into the lives of other’s, helping them to be restored into a place of freedom, healing and purpose. Where is the power of God? God’s power is found in a revelation of the name of Jesus Christ. God’s power is found in the expectation of faith that believes God will move in any given situation, no matter how intimidating the circumstances. God’s power is found in the daily pursuit of relationship with Jesus where a greater portion and awareness of his presence grows with each prayer and step of faith. I encourage you to not settle for the comfort zone of your life but to seek God and step out in faith, releasing God’s power into the lives of the people around you. Explosive Insights!
Hidden roots of brokenness prevent people from being able to do what God has designed them for. We are unique by God’s design and intention, however, our uniqueness is distorted when hidden roots, of sin, offense and pain undermine the unique call of God upon our lives.
When there are blockages in the root system of our lives, it stops the flow of the Spirit moving through our call. We need God to help us identify the blockages and have them removed. The primary function of roots is to hold a plant in place and supply it with nourishment from the soil to help it grow. Likewise, roots are found in the hearts of each one of us and if these roots are infected with deep hurts, wounds, fears and insecurity, then we will not grow as we should. We are known by our fruits. Healthy tree, healthy fruit. Unhealthy root system, unhealthy fruit.
If we suffer from a distorted identity (all of us as fallen beings do in some way), we need to enter a process of healing and restoration so that the Spirit can move freely through the root system of our lives. Your identity is who you are, not just your perception of who you are. Someone once said, “We are three people. We are who others think we are. We are who we think we are and we are who we actually are.” The challenge is to live out of who we actually are in Christ, as God has designed us and intended for us.
In Scripture we see that God would give a new name to certain people to symbolize a new identity or a sign of God’s promise in their lives. God renamed Abram, Abraham and Jacob to Israel. God renamed several of the disciples, including Peter, whom originally was Simon. These new names represented significant God encounters in these people’s lives and were marks of God’s call upon them.
Your identity is linked to your call. Your call is limited by a lack of self-worth and false perception of who you are. We need to know who we are in Christ and how God sees us before we can move freely in our calling. Whatever you and others have thought about you in your past, God wants to declare new things over your life that positions you to move powerfully in your call in the future. Bring your hurts to Jesus and allow the healing process to begin. As you do, your identity will be restored as God intends for you and your call will carry more weight as you live it out from who you really are in Christ.