A certain man with an infirmity for 38 years was asked if he wanted to be made well. Instead of telling Jesus “yes,” right away, he gives an excuse, why he is still sick, why he hadn’t been healed.
It’s another fault, because they beat him to the water (His excuse showed his lack of faith: Did not Jesus just say, “Do you want to be made well?”). The answer to our prayers can be right in front of our faces. How many times have we missed the mark? Allowed excuses to prevent us from being healed, or moving forward in our lives. Jesus commanded him without retort of what he said, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” The man was immediately made well and did as the Lord told him.
The man had no idea who healed him, he never asked, nor thanked God. He went his way, soon questioned by the “Jews,” about his healing. Jesus found him later that day and told him, “See, you HAVE been made well. Sin no more, lest a WORSE thing come upon you. Jesus could have very well told the man this while he was being healed. But He wanted him to understand, that it was his own life that had him bound. The sin in his life kept him sick for 38 years. Thus, Jesus warns him. Many times it takes a sickness or infirmity with a divine healing to bring people closer to God, and to help them see the sin in their own lives. Still, some are blinded and go back to what they used to do.
The Lord doesn’t want us to just think that we’ve made it; this is it, we go about our own life doing our own thing. He wants us to trust Him, and be about our father’s business (vs17)
We shouldn’t make excuses, although we will. The man did, yet Jesus ignored it, healed him, allowed him to leave, then found him again to warn him of a deeper and worse position then he had, IF he did stop sinning.
The Lord wants us to have ABUNDANT life in him (John 10:10) and will bless our obedience in him.
We don’t know what this man’s sins were, they aren’t important except for the fact that he was lying there by the pool paralyzed, lame, who knows. Jesus shows us that with him, the impossible is made POSSIBLE.
There are many people in this life who have a deep desire to do something, become entrepreneurs, parents, go for their dream job, or seek an education. There might be many odds stacked against them, but they are not willing to give up, searching every nook and cranny to make it happen.
How much more us, whom Jesus loves, we are children of the Highest God! When we walk in obedience to him, He says, “Ask and it shall be given to you, Seek and you shall find, Knock and the door shall be opened to you.” (Matt 7:7-8)
Philippians 4:10 says be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication. Be thankful to God and tell him what’s on your mind he will give you peace that surpasses all understanding. If we are willing to decrease and let the Lord increase his spirit in us, then we will be blessed. He will open doors for us that no man can close, He will close doors for us that no man can open; the devil has no power over us.
The Book of Revelations encourage us to be Overcomers, that’s who we are in Christ. As the psalmist says, “You are my Lord, my goodness is nothing apart from you.” (Ps16:2) and “My choice is you God, first and only… You set me up with a house and yard… you made me your heir!” Ps16:5-6
The Lord doesn’t want us to be bogged down in sin, laid out. He wants us to work for Him, to receive the blessings He has for our lives, then will healing come, we shall be blessed all the days of our life. Trust Jesus!
“Search me, o God and know my heart, try me and know my anxieties, and see if there’s any wicked way in me. And Lead me in your way Everlasting. Let my prayer be set before you as incense, the lifting of my hands as the evening sacrifice.” Thank you Jesus. (Ps 141:2)
If you are ready, say this starting prayer: confess it with your mouth and believe it with your heart.
Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner. I believe You died for my sins and rose to give me life. Right now Lord, I turn from my sins opening my heart and life for You to come in. I receive You as my Lord and Savior. Thank You for saving me. In Jesus name, Amen. (Romans 10:9)
Now, if at all possible, get to your nearest Bible preaching church and receive the support you need.
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