What is the purpose of being a leaping believer? That everyone may see our joyous celebration of the freedom only Jesus Christ can give!
[SW150] 08/15/2014 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2014
Text: Psalm 30, Acts 3:1-10
Verse 1 – I will extol You, O, Lord, raising Your name high, like a banner! You have drawn me up out of the water, lifted me up, like a bucket is lifted up from a well. You pulled me up out of the Enemy’s plans and schemes!
Verse 2 – O Lord, MY GOD, You are MY God, and I am Yours! I cried to You, and You healed me!
Verse 3 – I was ready for Sheol, the place of the unrighteous dead! You kept me alive! You keep me, so I don’t go down into that pit!
Verse 4 – A characteristic of those who are His, and obey Him, and are therefore godly: They sing! They give thanks!
Verse 5 – You anger was for a very short space of time, when I did not commune with You because of my sin. I broke the holy intimacy You deserved.
[For myself, I had no relationship with you, no holy intimacy with you at all; I willfully rebelled against you.]
And You had every right to be angry, because You created me for that purpose.
But I have returned to You! Your anger is gone, and Your favor is forever!
I wept during the time I was away from You [for myself, during the time I did not know you]. It was like a dark night, but morning came, Your light shone upon me once again, and now, I cannot help but SHOUT with joy!
Verse 6 – Now I declare I will not be moved, because I have returned to You. Lord, You have made me secure! I will never be moved!
Verse 7 – Your favor, Lord, makes my mountain stand strong. I could not do it in my own strength. I was afflicted and weak.
But through my weakness, Your power dwells in me (2 Corinthians 12:9). If I said I was strong in my own strength, You would not make Your power dwell in me.
When I had made You angry by sinning and thus breaking my relationship with You, I was dismayed, because You did not let me see You.
Verse 8 & 9 – I called to You, I cried out to You, I made supplication to You, asking for mercy, asking for favor . . .
I cried, “How can I praise You and declare Your faithfulness if I am dead?”
Verse 10 – In my distress, I said, “Hear, O Lord! Heed my cry! Be gracious to me! Help me!”
Verse 11 – And You turned my mourning into DANCING!
I no longer wear mourning clothing, because You have clothed me with gladness! (Isaiah 61 — the oil of gladness, a type or symbol of the Holy Spirit!)
Verse 12 – Why have You rescued me?
So that I would sing Your praise from the depths of my being, and not be SILENT. And O Lord, MY GOD, I will give thanks to You forever!
Beloved, that was King David, in the Old Testament. A dusty old book? I don’t think so! Look what the Spirit of God did through Peter and John:
Verse 2 – Lame from birth, the man had never walked, just like everyone who doesn’t yet know Jesus Christ. We’ve never walked with the Lord. We are lame from birth.
And this man lame from birth was more than 40 (Acts 5:22)! I myself was 45! Beloved, it’s never too late!
We came to the Beautiful Gate, not even asking for healing, but crying for help, begging for natural provision, from anyone who would hear. We were spiritually impoverished and didn’t even know it.
Verse 3 – When we first saw Your servants, we begged them for natural provision, just like the others who passed by. We did not look up. We did not know Jesus Christ’s provision which He made on the cross.
Verse 4 – But they commanded us to look at them.
Verse 5 – We looked at them.
Verse 6 – They said they were not rich in natural wealth, but in the name of Jesus Christ, walk!
Verse 7 – They helped us to arise, and immediately, our atrophied feet and ankles were made strong! Our atrophied spirits were made alive and whole, as they were originally meant to be!
Verse 8 – We didn’t just stand — WE LEAPED UP! The power of God coursed through us, because Your servants were filled with Your Holy Spirit!
We stood for the first time in our lives. WE LEAPED UP, physically and spiritually, and entered into life in Jesus Christ!
And for the very first time ever, we entered the presence of God, and we could not help but continue to LEAP and walk and PRAISE GOD!
Verse 9 – Everyone saw us walking and praising!
THIS IS THE PURPOSE OF OUR LEAPING AND WALKING AND PRAISING GOD: THAT EVERYONE SEE THE JOYOUS CELEBRATION OF FREEDOM THAT ONLY JESUS CHRIST CAN GIVE!
Verse 10 – And they knew we were the lame ones who used to beg for natural provision, who had never walked with Jesus! And everyone was filled with wonder and amazement. It is for Your glory, Lord!
And we continue to LEAP and walk and PRAISE GOD!
O Lord, You have turned our mourning into DANCING, loosed our garments of mourning and clothed us with GLADNESS!
And we cannot help but SING and PRAISE YOU and we cannot be SILENT! We give thanks to our Lord FOREVER!
To the church:
Do you leap? Do you shout? Do you sing? Do you praise? Do you give thanks publicly? Are you unable to keep silent?
This is the testimony of the true church of Jesus Christ.
If you do not leap, if you are silent, if you are mourning, if you are begging for natural provision, O Christian, you must humble yourself and cry out and ask the Lord God to help you!
You must establish communion with Him. You must have holy intimacy with Him. You must confess the sin that separates you from Him.
He is angry with you because He has provided Jesus Christ to die for your sin from you and be raised from the dead on the third day to send the Holy Spirit to set you free from slavery to sin!
He will draw you up out of the sin you’re drowning in, lifting you up like a bucket is lifted up from a well. He will pull you up out of the Enemy’s plans and schemes!
He will be your God, and you will be His child!
When you cry to Him, He will heal you!
He will immediately make you able walk with Him. He will also heal you physically, as he did the man at the Beautiful Gate.
You will come into His presence, LEAPING and walking and praising God, just as we do.
Do not judge leaping, dancing, shouting, singing, praising believers, calling us fanatics! Let Jesus Christ show you why we leap, so you may leap, too! ASK HIM TO MAKE YOU A LEAPER, SO EVERYONE CAN SEE YOUR JOYOUS CELEBRATION OF FREEDOM THAT ONLY JESUS CHRIST CAN GIVE!