A Lame Excuse for a Bible Study

by Joanna Pierce on August 18, 2016

Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being 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 of them that entered into the temple; Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. 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. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God: And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him. And as the lame man which was healed held Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch that is called Solomon’s, greatly wondering (Acts 3:1–11, KJV).

The story of the lame man is a familiar one in Scripture—familiar to us today and familiar to the people during this time in history. We know about this man who laid daily at the gate of the temple, who received a miracle in his life one day. However, beyond the miracle, there are four key elements we can learn from this story.

An Unknown Change

When the lame man arose that morning, he didn’t know what laid in store for him that day. He had the same expectation as every other day—going to lay at the gate of the temple, unchanged. We should be different from the lame man and change our way of thinking that every day will be the same as before. We need to have a spirit of expectation that God will do something in our life; that He will meet a need! God is a very present help in a time of trouble (Psalms 46:1). If God’s power transformed this man’s life at the temple gate, the same good work can happen in our lives today (Philippians 1:6).

God Can Do Anything Through Anybody

It doesn’t matter who we are—God can do a work through us. God is no respecter of persons (Romans 2:11)! He used Jonah to lead the city of Nineveh to repentance, Moses to lead the Nation of Israel out of Egyptian bondage, and so much more through others throughout Scripture. All He needs is a willing vessel and an obedient heart. We are more than conquers to overcome any situation (Romans 8:37) and we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13).

Having Faith to Pray

Trusting in God requires an activation of our faith—to believe and to speak things that are not as though they are (Romans 4:17). We don’t always need to have the end result to have the faith to pray about it! Peter stepped forward and lifted the man up from his resting place before he received confirmation that he was healed. All we need is the faith of a grain of mustard seed, and we can see any mountain removed from our life (Matthew 17:20).

People Will Talk

We cannot allow the opinions and negative attitudes of others around us to dictate how we live and view what God is doing in our lives. God’s ways and thoughts are always higher than our own (Isaiah 55:9); we need to eliminate distractions out of our life that will keep us from understanding and following God’s will. We need to have a passion to live for God, to trust Him, and to do what He speaks into our life regardless of what others around us day and do. If we stay connected to Him, and allow His Spirit to move in us, His Spirit will quicken us (Romans 8:11) to do a good work. If we believe, signs and wonders are sure to follow (Mark 16:17–18).

Adapted from Wednesday Night Bible Study on August 17, 2016 with Guest Speaker Brother Casey Pollard