“Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water,” John 5:2-3 (KJV emphasis added).
The impotent man who had an infirmity for 38 years, came to a pool in Bethesda, where when the water was stirred and troubled by an angel, men were healed. But before he could manage to get in, somebody seemed to get in before him.
Are you waiting for the stirring of the water today? Perhaps you have an infirmity that needs to be touched by Jesus? Well, this man was putting his faith in that pool, if he could just get there and get in, he would be healed like so many others had, as the angel troubled (stirred) the water. So he laid there on his mat, and waited.
I like what Jesus said to the man when He approached him. ‘Wilt thou be made whole?Another words, do you want to get well? I find that question interesting because you would think the answer would be ‘ABSOLUTELY YES.’ But look at his answer, ‘well…..I don’t have anybody to help me to get in the pool, and somebody always seems to get there first so I seem to always miss my chance, oh well, I’ve waited this long, guess I’ll wait a little longer and keep trying.
HOW PITIFULl……. Are you just sitting around complaining of your symptoms and waiting for your medicine to work, or, to get in to see that doctor or specialist?
Perhaps the spirit of fear has taken hold and you have lost all hope for finding a cure. I tell you, you need to come to the HEALER HIMSELF, DOCTOR JESUS. It is time to press in to His love and provision for you like never before. It’s time to change your confession to what Jesus says about your situation.Jesus told this man, ‘Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.’ Now when he did, ‘immediately the man was made whole.’
FAITH MUST BE EXERCISED!
Let’s look at another example from scripture:
“So Jesus came again into Cana of Galilee, where he made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman, whose son was sick at Capernaum.
When he heard that Jesus was come out of Judea into Galilee, he went unto him, andbesought him that he would come down, and heal his son: for he was at the point of death.
Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.
The nobleman saith unto him, Sir, come down ere my child die.
Jesus saith unto him, Go thy way; thy son liveth. And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way.
And as he was now going down, his servants met him, and told him, saying, Thy son liveth.
Then inquired he of them the hour when he began to amend. And they said unto him, Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.
So the father knew that it was at the same hour, in the which Jesus said unto him, Thy son liveth: and himself believed, and his whole house.
This is again the second miracle that Jesus did, when he was come out of Judea into Galilee,” John 4:46-54 (KJV).
I love this account because he sought the Lord when he heard he was near, he went after him. If we draw near to the Lord He will draw near to us. The nobleman, when he found Jesus, begged Him to come to his house and heal his son, but notice how Jesus answered, ‘Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.’
This comment by Jesus could seem like He was somewhat agitated, but I believe the Lord already saw faith here in the nobleman, I believe he saw his heart. You see, by the servants reaction when he returned home , the nobleman had told not only the servants but his household he was going to Jesus to ask that He would heal his son, who was near death. This was a test. So the nobleman pressed into faith and again begged Jesus to heal his son. And Jesus said to him, ‘Go thy way; thy son liveth.’ And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way, and upon returning home his servants and his household believed.
So, what are you waiting for…..come to Jesus. Jesus does not disappoint, and you will not be ashamed in believing in him, because He will not fail you….and PRESS IN UNTIL YOU RECEIVE WHAT YOU CAME FOR !
He says to you, “I am doing many things of old today. I healed that man in Bethsada because I loved Him, and I love you too. Just rise up and walk out of this. Just believe. I did it all for you. Stop waiting for the stirring of the water and stir up your spirit and believe…… just believe.”
“He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. (to mend, to cure, physician, repair, to thoroughly make whole),” Isaiah 53:3-5.
“But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,” Jude 20.
“My son, attend to my words:incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are LIFE to those who find them and HEALTH TO ALL THEIR FLESH. Keep thy heart with all diligence; for our of it are the issues of life. Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee. Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil,” (this is the medicine, the word of God, it’s good for what ails you), Proverbs 4:20-27.
“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that if we ASK ANYTHING according to his will, he heareth us; And if we KNOW THAT HE HEARS US we HAVE THE PETITIONS THAT WE DESIRED OF HIM,” 1 John 5:14-15.
SAVED, HEALED, DELIVERED, PRESERVED, AND MADE WHOLE…….. HEALING IS FOR !
~ Celeste Dewey