Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Healing-Wednesday Word

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. 
John 5:5-9 esv

Thankfully Jesus looked beyond this man's excuse and gave him a command. He told the man to get up and walk. After thirty-eight years of suffering and brokenness this man was healed. Jesus spoke a word and instantly the man was able to stand up and walk. There is so much faith displayed in this passage. Jesus did the healing, as only He can, but the man had to believe in Christ to experience it.

Christ gave the command, but the man had to follow it. Without faith he may have stayed down and never knew the restoration Jesus brought to him. What am I saying? The Word of God is what we need to be spiritually healed. We must do more than just hear it. We must apply it to our lives. Jesus is speaking to you and into your life through His Spirit and through His Word. Put what He is saying to action. Your "getting up" may be forgiving someone. It may be going to counseling. It may be making more time for Bible study. Listen to the Spirit. What is He telling you to do?


                       -HC Armstrong

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