In Acts 3, we read about a man who finds himself in an ugly situation but is at the entrance of a beautiful place. I’m writing this post because I believe there is some of you out there who find yourself in a similar situation. I believe there are a few steps from this story that, if applied, will be able to pull you out of the ugly situation you are in and you will breakthrough into a beautiful place. This is what Luke writes:
One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!”So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them. Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God.
(Acts 3:1-8 NIV)
The first thing that this man did that you have to do in order to get out of the ugly situation you are in is Look Up. So often when we find ourselves in an ugly situation or tough circumstance, we look down at our problem. Instead of looking up to the Problem Solver, we focus on our problem. We tend to magnify our situation or circumstance instead of magnifying our God. I’m reminded of what David said in Psalm 121:1-2 “I lift up my eyes to the mountains — where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” You got to look up. Quit looking down on your circumstances. Look to the Lord where your help is found. I love what Bishop T.D. Jakes said “When you look down, you’ll always see what limps and what hurts. You have to look up to see what God has in store. Whatever you miss, whatever you lost, whatever you messed up, whatever got away from you–God says, I can restore it if you can LOOK UP.”
After you change your perspective on your situation, you have to change your viewpoint. After the man looked up, he had to Get Up. It’s not enough to take your eyes of the problem, you have to get up out of the mess you have been wallowing in. Solomon writes “For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again.” (Proverbs 24:16) It’s not wrong to fall or to mess up, the problem comes when you stay down on the ground. No matter how many times you get knocked of the horse, you just got to keep getting back up in the saddle. Don’t stay down in your mess any longer. GET UP.
The last thing we see the man do is that he went up to the temple with Peter and John. After you look up and get up, you have to Go Up. You can’t just stay where you are at, you got to get moving. Jesus told the man who was lowered down through a roof by his four friends in Luke 5 “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” In other words Jesus was telling the man to get up, clean up the mess that you have made, and get moving. The Psalmist writes in Psalm 1:3 that whatever you do prospers. You have to be doing something in order for God to bless it. You have to be going somewhere in order for God to direct your steps. You have to GO UP.
So if you find yourself in an ugly situation; Look Up, Get Up, and Go Up!