But Peter said, "I have no silver or gold, but what I have I give you; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, stand up and walk." (Acts 3:6 NRSV)
E. Stanley Jones believed that positive attitudes enhance physical healing. He certainly proved this when he suffered a crippling stroke at age eighty-nine. It was tough going for several months. Though paralysis persisted, his positive attitude remained rooted in his unshakable trust in Jesus Christ. He prayed and asked people around the world to pray that he would walk again. An around-the-clock prayer vigil was scheduled. When he awakened from sleep, either day or night, he insisted that the attending nurse repeat this affirmation: "In the name of Jesus of Nazareth, rise and walk."
During his five-month stay in a Boston hospital, Dr. Jones used a tape recorder to chart the progress of his returning speech. During this time he began to dictate a book that was titled THE DIVINE YES. He was taken to the Himalayas in India for further recuperation. Finally he was able to walk again and even resume preaching. Dr. Jones continued living and preaching victoriously until he moved from the earthly to the heavenly dimension of life.
In the name of Jesus, may we walk!
Dear Jesus, move me to walk positively for you. Amen.
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