Do You Want to Be Made Well?
Excerpts of Pastor Ayo Thomas' message at the Sunrise Service on Sunday, November 12, 2017
Bible Text: John 5:2-9 [KJV]
Yearly at the Pool of Bethesda, there was always a stirring by the angel of God. In this particular context, there were expectations by the people waiting for the angels to move. At the Pool of Bethesda, people with diverse needs gathered. For example, the blind (physically, spiritually, psychologically), lame, paralysed, faced with stagnation or frustration, or those who were waiting due to delay(s). The scenario depicted in our reference text shows desperation of needs. Verse 4 talks about the ministering angels who bring solution to diverse needs. These angels are still in existence today and they move with the LORD of hosts (Daniel 6:22, Acts 12:7). From verse 4, we see that all the angel does is to stir the water. Whoever desires to be healed must ensure that he or she is the first to get into the pool. This teaches that it is now left for you to take action, and hence, you need to take a step of faith. No matter what your situation might be, take your eyes off the storm and focus on Jesus Christ; the Author and Finisher of your faith, Who by His power has provided the pool of Living water.
In verse 5, a lot of people were seeking for solutions to their problems but the LORD identified just one man. Most times when we are faced with challenges of life, we tend to believe the lie of the devil - that God has forgotten you or God has not forgiven your sins. Hebrews 13:5 [KJV] says "Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." Your friends and even family members can forsake you but God cannot leave or forsake you (Isaiah 43:2). No matter the circumstance or situation, you are always before God and He is watching over you (Isaiah 49:15-16).
In verse 6, Jesus noticed the man with infirmity and knew that the man had been in that situation for long. This implies that your condition is not strange to God. Jesus asked the man, "Wilt thou be made whole?" Jesus Christ was the One Who initiated the relationship, discussion, and process of healing; and He can do so for you today.
In verse 7, the man with infirmity replied that he had no man to help him and someone else steps into the pool before he can step in. You need to know that the solution to your problem starts with you. The man's response to Jesus' question showed that the man's focus was on men who didn't even help him. Note that God hates grumbling. When going through any situation, don't grumble, take your eyes off the storm or challenges. Lessons from verse 7 are:
1. Always ask the right question or make the right prayer request before the LORD (James 4:3).
2. Always have a positive response to a Messianic request (Mark 10:47-49). Don't answer God with doubt, answer Him with faith.
3. Direct questions require direct answers.
4. For you to get your breakthrough, action is required. For the impossible to turn to possibilities, you need to take an action.
Actions expected of you are the following:
1. You need to cry out and pray to God (Mark 10:47-48).
2. Take a step of faith and move, believing that your prayers have been answered.
3. Start a new life of righteousness - be an evangelist of Jesus Christ (Revelation 12:11).
In conclusion, things can only be possible in a joint partnership with God. You have to partner with Him; believe Him, live your life for Him so that your breakthrough will come. If you want solutions to all your challenges, surrender your life to Jesus Christ. Sin is what separates you from the solution and the person Who has the solution to your problems. God is willing to solve all your problems; forgive your sins, save you, and write your name in the Book of Life.
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