A Paralyzed People

Unable-to-moveHere are textbook definitions of the word paralyze:

  1. To make unable to move or act
  2. To impair the progress or functioning of; make inoperative or powerless

At some level we are all “paralyzed people” when it comes to our walk with Christ. From time to time we seem to be unable to act; we behave as if we are powerless.

We are paralyzed by a variety of conditions. Here is a brief list; I could easily make it ten times longer!


  • Unbelief
  • Under-belief
  • Shame
  • Guilt
  • Fear
  • Failure
  • Acceptance
  • Approval
  •  Religion and non-religion
  • Obsessions, addictions, and disorders

Only keeping the Gospel in clear view will overcome our tendency to paralysis. The supernatural power of the Gospel is enough to counteract any attack made by the world, the flesh, and “the accuser of the brethren.” The Gospel truths bring healing and hope.

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. (Romans 8:1-4)

“No condemnation” means no accusation. Marinate in that for just a moment, won’t you? “No condemnation” means no accusationnot today . . . not tomorrow . . . not ever! Jesus came to set the captives free (4:18), and that includes you and me. We are freed to repent and receive forgiveness . . . which further frees us to continue moving in the direction God is calling is to go.

A past littered with set-backs is simply a set-up for a comeback! Your past does not determine your future; the truths of the Gospel empower you to deal with your history so you can move in the direction of your destiny.

The Bible is full of stories of people who could have—and probably should have—lived paralyzed lives. But they did not, because they knew the God who had set them free. Abraham lied. Jacob schemed. David dishonored. Peter denied. Paul persecuted. The list goes on and on. Noah became senseless after drinking too much wine. Elijah became nerveless after hearing of Jezebel’s threats. John Mark became alienated from the apostle Paul after he left Paul in Perga. Yet in spite of a past that could have easily paralyzed, these men continued moving in the direction God was calling them to go. “For though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again” (Proverbs 24:16).

So . . . how about you? Is there anything that has been keeping you paralyzed? Are you imprisoned by a problematic past? Remember to preach the Gospel to yourself daily and you will rise above paralysis to progress and productivity!

This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!

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