Category: Daily Encouragement

Do You Need Healing?

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The Paralyzed Man
Have you ever met anyone who continually complains about their lot:
“This is no good, life isn’t fair, things are so tough, I can’t handle this anymore….” over and over?
But when you reach out and try to help them, they almost bite your hand off!
What?!
Help?!
Change?!
What’s the matter with you?! Or
They listen but carry on the the doldrum of the mess they are in!
They’re comfortable in their situation. Comfortable to complain, but not to do anything about it.
And now, we’re going to meet a man stuck in his misery, doing the same thing over and over again. The only problem is, his life isn’t getting any better.
And then Jesus walks in and turns his whole life upside down.
In John chapter 5, Jesus enters the city of Jerusalem near the pool of Bethesda, where He meets a man who has been paralyzed for 38 years.
So, what’s the deal here at this pool? Well, the word ‘Bethesda’ means ‘House of Mercy’ or ‘House of Grace’. And both Jews and Gentiles went down there because they believed that an angel would occasionally come and stir up the water—and that the first person into the pool would be restored.
The problem was that many people had been going there for years but had never been healed.
How many of us are living like that?
A difficult marriage, or relationship, business partnerships or dealings, a wayward child, a deep nagging sense of inadequacy or low self-esteem, an addiction of some sort… fear, anxiety and all the consequences that come with that …. and we just sit there, day after day, with that wishing-well mentality.
We imagine that somehow, someday, things will get better.
But on the other hand, we never really expect anything to change, and don’t want it to, really! We don’t overcome and live in the victory that is freely available to us!
And then, in walks Jesus.
“When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?”‭‭John‬ ‭5:6‬ ‭KJV
‬‬Does the man immediately say, “Yes”?
No, he doesn’t!
Even after 38 years of suffering, he gives Jesus excuses as to why he hasn’t been healed.
He’s seeing things through the lens of his circumstances; he’s looking from the bottom up, not from the top down.
But what does Jesus do?
He commands healing.
Do you know what I believe?
I believe that today, through the power of His Word, Jesus has just walked into your life… into your ‘same old, same old’ situation… into your particular, personal need for healing.
And He’s asking you: “Do you want to be healed?”
The choice is yours. Are you going to Step into your Victory?