First, check out John 5:1-15.
It’s crazy to think that this man has been laying by the pool for 38 years! Amazingly he has not yet gotten into the water! There was a Jewish superstition that when the water bubbled or swirled the first one in the water would be healed. Yet this man has not been able be the first in the water for 38 years. Our first instinct may be to say that he was so crippled he simply couldn’t get in. I believe there was a deeper cause of his inability to get into the water.
I don’t believe he believed the water would heal him!
In 38 years how many people had he seen go into the healing waters only to come out in the same condition? My guess would be 100%! Think about it…if I were in his shoes and truly believed the stirred water could make me well I would figure something out! I’d prop myself up on the edge of the pool and when the water stirred just roll over! I mean the guy had been hanging around the pool for 38 years! Pull some seniority! The problem was his faith in the pool not his inability to get to the water. I wonder how many times we are the same way with Jesus. We make excuses for why we aren’t getting better with our lust, anger, bitterness, compassionless hearts, gossip, sexual sin, etc. but we refuse to go to the One who has the power to heal us! Is it because we really don’t believe He can?
We must realize that because of the power of sin we are all spiritual invalids! Most of us continue to look to physical things to solve a spiritual problem. When we become disillusioned by their ineffectiveness to solve our issues we simply quit looking! I would like to tell you today that Jesus IS the healer of hearts…the healer of souls…the ONE who broke the power of sin over our life and has set us free to live for God! Is the problem a lack of faith that Jesus can really help? Ask God for faith! Scripture says faith is a gift from God…ask for it! Also remember that small faith in a huge God can change your life and the lives around you!
Next take your wounded, sick heart to the healer and allow Him to revive it! There is no shame in crying out to God for help! We ALL need Him to step into our lives! There is no sin in being honest with God! He already knows your thoughts and feelings anyway…why are you holding them in? Give Him your anger, lust, addiction, bitterness, hard heart, etc. so that He can do with it what you cannot!
JESUS CAN AND WILL DO ALL THAT HE PROMISED…TRUST HIM!
Connection, I hope that this blog will encourage you! God is GREAT as we looked at this past Sunday. I also want to encourage you with the fact that YOU are making a difference in the lives and eternities of people as you are letting God use you. We saw 4 more people (including one child in Konnection Kids) go from death to life this week! We need to celebrate what God has done!
I love you guys and can’t wait to see how God uses you next!!
Remember to INVEST…INVITE…SERVE…and ENCOURAGE people around you! I am with you heart and soul!