After last night’s worship and prayer service I woke up excited to see what the Lord has for me today. First I want to say what an awesome job my wife did last night speaking to the church about fasting, it was well put together, spoken clear and full of Holy Spirit. I also want to thank Pastor Doug and Connie for supporting her and passing out so many of her books this week. We LOVE our church!!!
So, day 5 brings me to chapter 5 in the book of John. I am reading this book and asking God for new eyes, to see it in a new way, new depth. I have read, studied, preached, wrote about, and re-read this book hundreds of times over the last 30 years. Today I am reading about the sick man at the pool of Bethesda — a place where people were healed in the pool when the pool bubbles. This man was sitting there 38 years waiting to be healed. He had no one to put him in the pool…. 38 years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Jesus comes along and says “stand up, pick up your mat, and walk” and he is healed, just like that… just a word and BAM it’s done.
Now, there are hundreds of sermons in this little part of scripture but today this is what the Lord showed me….
If you walk into Barnes and Noble or any other book store, or if you google “healing” there are thousands of books, thousands of pages on google of ways to be healed. There are formula’s, there are meds, there are ….. well just about anything you can think of or NOT think of ways to be healed. This man was convinced and knew that the first one in the pool was healed… why? Who knows? But that was the formula and the way it worked. Then Jesus comes along and speaks a word and he is healed.
What we need is JESUS! He is the healer, He is the one that touches and restores. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying not to use Dr’s or medicine but what I am saying if we spend as much time seeking Him as we do “fixes” — this guy spent 38 years laying by a pool hoping.
On a side note later in the chapter Jesus meets up with this guy again and says to him.. “Now you are well; stop sinning, or something even worse may happen to you” I want to know what this man was doing that he was sinning. 🙂
Bottom line, SEEK HIM WITH ALL YOU HAVE!!! It’s a win win situation…..