Summary: God is not limited by anything other than the faith of the believer......
Expect the Unexpected
Acts 3: 1-12
1 Peter and John went to the Temple one afternoon to take part in the three o’clock prayer service. 2 As they approached the Temple, a man lame from birth was being carried in. Each day he was put beside the Temple gate, the one called the Beautiful Gate, so he could beg from the people going into the Temple. 3 When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for some money. 4 Peter and John looked at him intently, and Peter said, "Look at us!" 5 The lame man looked at them eagerly, expecting a gift. 6 But Peter said, "I don’t have any money for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, get up and walk!”.7 Then Peter took the lame man by the right hand and helped him up. And as he did, the man’s feet and anklebones were healed and strengthened. 8 He jumped up, stood on his feet, and began to walk! Then, walking, leaping, and praising God, he went into the Temple with them. 9 All the people saw him walking and heard him praising God. 10 When they realized he was the lame beggar they had seen so often at the Beautiful Gate, they were absolutely astounded! 11 They all rushed out to Solomon’s Colonnade, where he was holding tightly to Peter and John. Everyone stood there in awe of the wonderful thing that had happened.
Intro: -Do you think there is anything that God cannot do?
God is not limited by anything other than the faith of the believer. The trouble is not with God! The trouble lies with [for lack of a better word] the believer who, with doubts, and second thoughts & guesses put the almighty God in handcuffs. The trouble is that we set our expectations too low and are satisfied with mediocrity. We go to God to patch our tires when in fact, God wants to give us a brand new tire. It’s not like he doesn’t have the power, he is just such a gentleman that he will wait for us to ask for what we want. Do you want a patch, or do you want a tire?
I. Sin cripples our lives.
a. We were all born in sin.
1.The Word says that this man was crippled from the time he was in his mothers’ womb. (Meaning we also were crippled)
b. We needed a way to God.
1. This man was taken daily to a place where he could beg for what he wanted. (In the same token. We could not go to God ourselves. Jesus died for our sins, which put us at a place where we could ask God for what we “wanted”
c. Remember the big picture.
1. We all have a purpose in our lives. It might not look like it (not all are called to be preachers, singers, deacons, but some are called to be much more: AN EXAMPLE). Sometimes it takes the example of a known sinner to change lives. [Example: the king in the 3 Hebrew boys story Dan 3:28-29]
II. What is your handicap?
a. Do you see yourself as that man?
1. Do you see that sins are more than actions; they are the beginning of a process, a process that can have no positive outcome.
2. This handicap does not only symbolize us as sinners. It also may symbolize something that we are struggling with; an issue.
b. What sins are making you lame?
1. Because of his ailment he could not move. He had to be carried to where he wanted to go. Sin will make you sessile.
Sessile: Permanently attached or fixed; not free moving; stagnant.
c. What do you ask God for in relation to our cripple state?
III. SO! What does the lame man have to do with me?!
a. The crippled man had just enough faith to get him over.
1. He had just enough to get someone to take him to the temple at the right time every day. See bible 3:2 btm (We come to church every week at the same time and we get enough Jesus to make it to Thursday, problem is, there are more days left in the week)
b. The beggar was pursuing the wrong thing.
1. He went to the temple to ask for Money everyday
a. What good would money have done him?
- There was no NYU medical center in those times.
- There was no Wheelchairs back then.
So to answer the question, the money was doing him no REAL good. How do we know that? Because he kept coming back for the same thing. When God satisfies a need “it is finished!”