Updated: Oct 22, 2019
Happy Monday Clemson FCA! I hope everyone is having a great fall break. Last Thursday we had the privilege of hearing from Malcolm Walls from Sandhills Community Church.
Malcolm preached on “trying” and referenced John 5:1-9.
“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, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades. In these lay a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed. One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.” And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked.”
Have you ever just said to yourself, God I’m trying. What are you trying to do in your life?
Jesus sees this man beautifully broken; Jesus is not intimidated by brokenness, failures or your past. Jesus steps in to engage broken people. Jesus saw this man in the crowd of hundreds of people and zeroed in on this individual. Jesus sees who we are now, and he sees who we will be. Jesus and this man have a conversation and Jesus asks, “do you want to be healed?” The man responds and says that he has no one to put him into the pool to heal him, he says he is trying. Could it be that Jesus wants us to get into a place where we are completely broken and don’t have the ability to go forward without him? The heart that says, “I can’t do it.” Jesus then tells the man to “get up, take up your bed, and walk. And at once the man was healed.” All he needed was the word.
How bad do you really want it? Are you comfortable where you are or are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Are you tired of existing and are you ready to live? Because God is not a God of those that exist, he is a God of the living. Too often we settle for mediocre Christianity and we put God in a box. So how bad do we really want it? Do you want God to take your mess and turn it into a testimony for others? God is looking for people who want to step out and get in the game. How bad do we want it?
If you get the word but don’t ever act upon the word, then you don’t get the healing that you should get. God is calling us to receive the word, take the word, apply the word, and then healing will come. Jesus Christ is the living word. This man had been trying the whole time, but now he is trusting. It is God’s word that is leading him to get up. If you believe that your situation is hopeless, Jesus says “get up.”
1 John 4:4
“Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”
Romans 8: 31
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”
He who the son sets free is free indeed, don’t go back to that sin and that mess.
In the end, it was the word of God that changed the whole dynamic of this man’s life, and all he did was respond to it.
Stop trying and start trusting.
How bad do you want it? Are you tired of being sick and tired? God is calling you to do some awesome things. How will you respond to Him?