Minister: Pastor E. A. Adeboye
Text: Acts 3:1-8
Topic: Lockdown to Leaping Pt. 2
A Leap is a sudden upward move. It can be caused by a push. For example, if you sit on a heater by accident, you leap up. 2 Kings 4:1-7. The widow of Zarephath leapt to the prophet for help.
A Leap can also be a violent push upward by a strong hand. Joshua 1:1-8.
The Lord lifted Peter out of the sea when he started sinking. Help lifted him out of the waves. Matthew 14:23-32.
The lame man experienced an upward lift by someone holding him up. Acts 3:7.
Most of the time, leaping up begins with standing up. Psalm 40:1-3.
When the Almighty God is pulling you up, you start by standing. John 5:2-9
Then you begin to walk; which means making progress steadily. Genesis 26:12-14. Isaac made progress steadily.
After David leapt up, he began to walk. 1 Samuel 16:11-13. He experienced a violent pull upward and then began to move forward steadily. 2 Samuel 2:1-4, 5:1-5.
The next level is walking and leaping at the same time.
If the Almighty God is involved in your leaping up, you begin to walk in another dimension of leaping.
Solomon found himself enthroned. 1 Kings 1:5-53. After God lifted him up, Solomon became wealthy and gave God 1000 burnt offerings. 2 Chronicles 1:6-15. Gold & silver became like ordinary stones in his reign. In 2 Chronicles 7:5, he offered 22,000 burnt offerings and 120,000 sheep. God didn't ask Him what He wanted anymore, He simply granted unto him his desires. 2 Chronicles 7:11-18.
After continually leaping, constant praise is the next level, as the lame man healed at the Beautiful Gate did. Psalm 34:1-3. If God sees your willingness to praise Him despite the lockdown, He will break all rules to lift you up. Mark 1:40-45.
God is able to turn your mourning to dancing provided you'll praise Him. He is able to turn your lockdown to Leaping Up, provided you'll spend the rest of your life praising Him. Psalm 30:11-12.
The Almighty God is willing to pick you up, as long as you're willing to lift your hands in surrender. If you'd like to surrender your life to God, lift your hands to Him and cry out to Him.