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September 7, 2016, 6:12 AM

Determined.


John 5:1-15 (NKJV)

A Man Healed at the Pool of Bethesda

5 After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had. Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?”

The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.”

Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked.

 

Let's admit it Jesus can do some pretty amazing things... and He can do some pretty amazing things in our lives as well. In this passage we hear of Jesus coming to Jerusalem and finding Himself near a pool that was called Bethesda. And at this pool there is a lot of people who are sick with various conditions and as the scripture tells an angel stirred the water and whoever stepped into the water first was made well...

So, have you ever gotten sick, discouraged, depressed? We all have to admit that there are times to where we get in our "ways" or we get to filling so bad that we don't even want to move off the couch to go get some medicine that could give us even the slightest relief from our symptoms. This makes me think how many times we do get stuck in our ways, when we have a situation that we are facing or something important going on how we know, and believe, that God can do it in our lives we just don't move...

You see, in the story there was a "certain man" that was at the pool and it states that he has had is infirmity thirty-eight years, now that's a long time to be stuck in your situation... Many of us would give up hope, stop thinking about healing, and just live with where we are... I mean 38 years.... The man was just laying there in his condition, and Jesus comes on the scene... Do YOU WANT to be made well? This is what Jesus asks the man, Do you WANT to be made well?... Well at first you would think ABSOLUTELY...NO questions asked.. Let's do this! But the man responds saying well, I have no one to put me in the water and every time I try to make my way there someone jumps in before me...

Now just like someone jumping in-front of this man and "takes his healing" so to speak from the water of the pool, the enemy tries to move into your life and take your blessings even while your sitting right beside it... And there too are some of us.. that have been the way we are for so long, that we don't mind God changing the situation and its outcome, we just don't like God changing us and who we are... Many people like being who they are, but they want God to do something big in there life and leave them the way they are...

Sometimes you have to understand that in some situations... YOU are the one holding back your blessing... Don't be okay with Just being Okay.. Know that God WANTS to bless you and He wants MORE of you... You just have to want more of HIM. If you will just make the effort, and give it all you got.. He will meet you right where you are...

Pastor Jonathan Pannell

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