By Pastor Andrew Bawa
"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." - Acts 3:1-10
How ironic is it that a crippled man would be laid at a gate called Beautiful? This was not the first time Peter had passed that gate. He had passed that gate several times for prayers. How is it that the crippled man had arrived just in time, so early in the morning, to meet Peter and John at that gate? This crippled man did not even make it into the temple - he was dropped at the gate and others must have walked right past him. Nevertheless, and against all odds, he met his breakthrough at that gate.
After Peter prayed for him, the crippled man leaped. That step he took began a series of movements that saw him realize his breakthrough. When you leap, you hop on the shoulders of God. You can not mount until you leap. Regardless of how paralyzed you feel about your situation or how poor your chances seem or how much odds are stacked up against you, you have to take that extra step of faith and leap.
By leaping, you trigger your accelerated breakthrough and testimonies. By taking that first step, you trust in God to take control of subsequent ones. When God says jump or leap, it is because he is ready to catch you. So leap by faith !