Five Minute Friday - Rise

12:35 PM


I broke the five minute rule.  Yes, I did the unthinkable.  My fingers just kept tapping away truths from his heart. My prayer is that as you spend a few minutes more on today's post, he will do way more than you ever thought just as he did for this beautiful beggar.  Our story begins in five, four, three, two, one.......... 


Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.”
Acts 3:6




I can imagine at first the beggar may have been taken back by the disciples’ response.  Giving the beggar a command to rise and walk instead of money probably sounded a bit outlandish. They commanded him to rise and walk.  Wait WHAT!? That doesn’t make any sense.

Yet I can hear Christ commanding me to do the same rise and walk.  Walk out my faith.  The disciples gave him something far more valuable than a few pennies. They gave him the ability to walk. 

The Lord wants to give you so much more than just leftover change.  He wants to give you eternal change, change that will make a difference in your life FOREVER not just for a MOMENT.

The Lord wants to give you power to walk out that dream, to walk through harsh realities of life, the power to walk in freedom from bondage. You were created to walk in authority, in power, in strength, in freedom, in creativity, in favor, in blessing, in grace, all of this and more.

The Lord wants to give you the gift and ability to walk out your faith.  He doesn’t want to just meet your immediate need and leave you helpless, he wants to meet all of your needs.

If the disciples had just met his immediate need for money and continued on their way they would have left him in the same condition as when they first met  – HELPLESS.  The Lord’s desire is not just to meet you along the way, answer your immediate need, and leave you the in the same condition.  The Lord will not only meet your current need but your long term need as well.  Maybe the answer to your immediate need is not a quick solution but a Rising, and an answering of a command he has given to you. 

A command to pray more, go back to school, apply for the job promotion, spend more time with your family, begin exercising, eating healthy, confessing your sin to an elder in order to seek help from addiction, schedule counseling.  Whatever you are begging and pleading for He has the answer to that and so much more.  He healed the beggar giving him the ability to walk, enabling him to work and never have to beg again. 

However, the beggar had a choice.  Oh my husband says it ALL the time, “We have a choice, and we always have a choice.”

He had to choose to RISE and walk out his faith.  He responded with obedience even when the answer he was given was different than what he had originally asked for.

What have you asked of the Lord?  Has he responded with a command requiring action?  Have you gotten an answer that looks quite different than what you initially asked for?  I believe our response will determine the outcome of what we are pleading for.  We are told in Hebrews, faith without works is dead.  The beggar had to do some work, he had to get up.  He had to RISE. 

Do you need to change your response today?  Are you begging for him to answer an immediate need, while he is demanding you rise and walk which in turn will meet your current need? Perhaps you need to rise and walk away from something, and run into his presence.  The first place the beggar went after he was healed was into a place of thanksgiving and praise.  



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15 comments

  1. What a beautifully-inspiring post! This really spoke to me, to where I am, and I taped a copy to the inside of my planner. Thank you! So glad to have shared my 5 Minute Friday link-up after yours :)

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    1. Patti, I am so glad you stopped by. His timing is just perfect. I am thrilled to hear He used this post to speak to exactly where you are!! He is so faithful!

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  2. Excellent post AND TRUE. I love Truth from the Living Word. Preach it sister.

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    1. Susan thank you. I was preaching to myself on my back porch. Whoa it just wrecked my world in a GOOD way!

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  3. Hi, I'm visiting from Five Minute Friday (no 82). This is such a powerful post- Jesus gives eternal change, not just leftover change, he doesn't just meet our immediate needs but our long term needs. You put it brilliantly.

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    1. First thank you for stopping by and I can't wait to read yours. Secondly, this is one of those ahh ha moments I don't think I will ever forget! I am so thankful for the insight He brings when we sit to listen and wait for HIm.

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  4. This is beautiful. Yes, our response will affect the outcome... may my response glorify Him!

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    1. Hannah thank you. I really had to take time and consider my responses to the way he had been answering my prayers. Sometimes I think we wait for him to answer all the while He is waiting for us to respond to what he has commanded of us. Thank you again for stopping by. Hope to see more of you!

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  5. Laura, sometimes you just have to write for more than five minutes. Love where you went here. Got this preacher reflecting on that text this Friday! :)

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    1. Tara - I know right. Its late Saturday and I am still mulling over all it. There was way more I wanted to post, maybe I will do a follow up post. I loved the first place he went to walk out his faith was into His presence singing and dancing!

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  6. Great post, Laura! :) And what an incredible truth. He is always faithful to give us what we need as we lean into Him and His plan. Thank you, Jesus! :) Blessings from your FMF friend, Tasha

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  7. Whoa! Found your blog today... read these words... LOVED them, and know that I have been led here because I needed to hear the word. Rise.

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    1. So humbled Holy Spirit led you here. I have been taking a few weeks off to refocus, and lean in close to hear His heart. Sometimes you have to leave the noise and clutter to allow Him to refine you. Yes, sweet sister in Christ RISE. RISE. And walk in your destiny!

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    1. Joy I am so glad you stopped by and were encouraged!

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