by Eric Dunbar
Are you trying to rise above your circumstances but no matter what you do, you just can’t seem to get past where you are? Don’t despair because you can rise above your current situation. Be it homelessness or drug addiction be encouraged to know that you don’t have to accept your condition as your normal.
If you are addicted to drugs or alcohol then you should know that there is power in the name of Jesus. Just ask the lame man that Peter and John encountered at the temple while on their way to pray.
“Now Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms from those who entered the temple; who, seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked for alms. And fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter said, ‘Look at us.’ So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. Then Peter said, ‘Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.’ And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them—walking, leaping, and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God. Then they knew that it was he who sat begging alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.”
After being lame for so long this man had accepted his disability as his normal. He had learned to manage his life from his bed. He wanted more out of life, but he just didn’t believe there was more for him.
The Bible doesn’t say anything about those who brought him to the temple. All we are told is that they carried him and placed him at the entrance of the temple daily. They brought him to where they thought he might be able to get help. It is highly probable that they were his friends who wanted to do something to help him manage his disability. Their effort was well meaning, but they didn’t know Jesus.
Perhaps you may have accepted your addiction as your normal. Maybe you’ve given up on the possibility of living a normal life again. Like the lame man in the Bible, you might only be interested in trying to “manage” your addiction because it is all you know how to do. Maybe your friends brought you to a place where they thought you might get help, and that’s okay. They were well meaning, but they didn’t know Jesus.
Peter had a relationship with Jesus. He knew that the compassion of Jesus would do more than help this man to manage his disability. Peter knew that there is power in the name of Jesus – power to heal what others can only manage. Peter did not hesitate to invoke the name of Jesus, and using the name that is above every name he told the lame man to rise up and walk.
Today, you can rise above your circumstances. The name of Jesus can break every chain that has you bound. You don’t have to be content to just manage your addiction. Receive this word from God. Right now I say to you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk. I have full confidence that Jesus will immediately strengthen you. Why? Because He did it for me; He will do it for you too. You see, when I was at the lowest place in my addiction Jesus took me by the hand and helped me to rise above my addiction. I immediately received strength that I never knew I had and I was able to stand on my own feet. That was more than 21 years ago and I have been drug free since that day. And I did it without the aid of a support group.
So friends, know that if you call on the name of the Lord Jesus you can be assured that He will save you. The Bible says, “For ‘whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved’” (Romans 10:13). And I have confidence that if you ask anything according to His will, that He hears you. And if you know that He hears you, whatever you ask, know that He will give you what you have asked of Him (1 John 5:14-15).
So today, believe that you can rise above your circumstances. Call out to Jesus and allow Him to strengthen you. I am a witness that He will lift you up, and you will be able to rise up and walk away from whatever has you bound–addiction included.