Scripture:  John 5:3

In the New Testament, people would often encounter maladies that left them immobile. Whether it was through amputation, birth defect, or injury, they were medically referred to as being "halt". The word is used four times in New Testament Scripture; once in each of the gospels, and it is a medical term describing those who were lame, deprived of a foot, and maimed. The image is of someone who has been slowed down or rendered immobile due to their condition.

In Dr. Charles Stanley's book, "Walking With God", he writes "Remember the acrostic H.A.L.T. It means you should avoid becoming too hungry, angry, lonely or tired." After reading Dr. Stanley's quotation and observing people, I have expanded the acrostic to other things we should avoid in order that our movement is not hindered and we are cured of halt.

Avoid being HAUGHTY. Solomon said that haughtiness always precedes a fall. Avoid bad ATTITUDES. A bad attitude is like a flat tire; you will never go anywhere till you change it. Avoid LAZINESS. Remember that Newton's first law of motion states that an object in motion tends to remain in motion, and an object at rest tends to remain at rest. Avoid being TIMID. It's a synonym for fear. Being timid about what could happen will cause you to keep anything from happening.

If life seems to be at a standstill, are there symptoms of HALT in your life? Treat haughtiness, attitude, laziness and timidity and see if you are not cured of halt.