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Examples of deliverance from handicaps:
a) Acts 3:1-11… the lame Levite… a man with a physical handicap. He was healed and set free by the power of Jesus Christ. He was healed so that he could become a ministry priest.
b) John 1:42… Peter… a man with a “character” handicap. “Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone” (KJV). Later, Peter teaches about laying aside the things that can stop spiritual growth (1 Peter 2:1-2). Peter instructs us to lay aside malice, spite, guilt, craftiness, and hypocrisies (pretending to be what you are not). Lay aside envies, grudges, jealousies, all evil speaking, and gossip. These are character handicaps. Peter teaches, “Ye also . . . are built up a spiritual house” (1 Peter 2:5) or one who is responsive to the Spirit.
c) Acts 9:1-22… Saul… a man with a religious/legalistic handicap. His name was changed to Paul, and he brought truth from the Old Testament priesthood into the New Testament priesthood by the power of the Holy Spirit. Paul, Barnabas, and Silas changed the world.
d) Acts 18:24-28… Apollos… a handicap of knowing too many Scriptures but having no understanding as to what they meant. He received spiritual instruction and was brought to maturity.
Bring your handicaps to the Lord. The Lord can give you true perception, a stable walk, and a discerning spirit. He is able to keep you from falling. He can anoint you to bear burdens. He can bring you to maturity. He will, by the Spirit, bring you fresh food. He can save to the uttermost all that come to Him. There is no handicap that He can’t solve.
There are different kinds of work in the Lord’s house…
2 Timothy 2:19-21… “The foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal . . . But in a great house [the church] there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour and some to dishonour” (KJV). This verse teaches that vessels are prepared according to need. Some are for ordinary use and others for a higher purpose. Every Christian is part of God’s household. Every vessel has some use, including you.
In Exodus 31:1-6, we see different types of ministry along the anointing and skill that go with them. The key from the meaning of the names is Bezaleel (“in God’s shadow”). It makes a difference where you sit. Too many live in man’s shadow. Sitting in God’s shadow gives you confidence, joy, power, authority, shelter, security, and covering. Uri (“enlightened by Jehovah”), be a worker that has been “lit” by the Holy Spirit (Psalm 118:27). Hur (“freeborn, noble”), if you are going to serve God, let Him choose you (John 15:16). Judah (“praise”), let your service be with joy and gladness. Aholiab (“tent of my father”), loyalty and separation from the world. Ahisamach (“brotherly support”), give your support and learn to receive support from others. Lay aside jealousies. Dan (“judgment or discernment”), God will judge your work, so will people. All of these men were brought to perfection and given skills to match their calling. The calling was in both the spiritual and natural. You cannot hide under your “handicap” as a New Testament believer. Come to Jesus and be delivered.
Pastor George Belobaba
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