Hi Everyone! Welcome! This blog post is an excerpt from a subject that I covered for three days on a women's prayer line this week. My ambition is for you to glean from this post nuggets and tools that will help you grasp the realization of your own healing. Just so you'll know, I will be using the biblical context of John 5:1-9 as a premise for addressing a three-phase approach to wholeness; the physical, emotional, and spiritual joy of healing! Enjoy!
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John 5:1-9 NKJV - 1 "After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jersusalem. 2 Now there is in Jesusalem by the Sheep Gate, a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches. 3 In these lay a great multitude of sck people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. 4 For an angel went down at a certain time up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had. 5 Now a certain main was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said , "Do you want to be made well?" 7 The sick man answered Him, "Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me." 8 Jesus said to him, "Rise, take up your bed and walk." 9 And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked."
In verses 1-6, I will address physical healing.Jesus was on a mission, on assignment if you will. Notice that Jesus was intentional in going to Jersusalem to the pool of Bethesda (which means house of mercy). Here, the merciful Jesus shows up at the house of mercy for one purpose only, and that is to minister the miracle of healing. Dr. Jesus knew exactly where to find his patient. Jesus was present to heal! I am pretty sure that the scene did not catch Him by surprise. Surely, He had to know that the great multitude of sick, lame, and blind people would be an overwhelming sight. I can only imagine Jesus walking about the five porches deliberately seeking to find that one "man on the mat" whereby the power and ministry of healing would be realized. Jesus takes note of the length and intensity of the man's illness, and decides to stop anyway to ask him one single question, "Do you want to be made well?"
So, my question to you is, "Do YOU want to be made well?" According to John 16:5-7, Jesus was clear to the disciples that He had to return to heaven in order to send the Comforter to finish His work on earth. That means, that God is still with us by way of the Holy Spirit. He is still in the healing business. Still performing miracles. Still purposeful and poised to show up in your malady as He did with the man on the mat. He is still present to heal! This sick man showed up at this pool every year in hope of getting his healing on. Each year, he left disappointed and unchanged. But at least he did his part by showing up and remaining there until the waters were troubled. I bet you anything that he exhausted all of his resources to secure better health, and although it had all been to no avail, he was still purposeful and poised for his healing to take place. So let me ask you this, have you been dealing with a particular physical health issue that demands immediate healing? In verse 6, the implication that Jesus sees him lying there and knew he had been in that condition a long time is to put you on alert that God is aware of your physical pain! He knows that you have been in the same condition for awhile, and is present to help you!
Three steps to get you started on the road to physical healing:
1. Acknowledge the presence of God in your circumstance. It is ok for you to say, "Master, I know that You are present with me. I acknowledge you as Savior and Healer. I recognize that You are present to heal me". Friend, wherever you are right now, say it, claim it, and know it!
2. Allow yourself to become transparent before God. Get real and raw with the One who knows and loves you through and through. You see, the man on the mat had no shame to his game. There was no pretention about him. He layed in a public edifice full of others just like him on a mat waiting for his cure. Now, I am not saying that you have to go public with your ailment, but what I am saying is for you to be honest, candid, and real about your health challenges.
3. Listen and obey the vioce of God. Sometimes, we cloud our minds with everything but what God says. Get in His word and ask for divine direction so that you can make better choices according to His word.
This is just the beginning. So, get started today. I realize that certain health issues demand immediate and consistent medical treatment, but I do want to remind you that Jesus really is the Master Physician!!
Bible texts to encourage you: Exodus 15:26, Deuteronomy 7:5, Prov. 3:7-8; 13:12; 14:30. Isaiah 19:22; 40:28-31; 55:2
Christ delights in helping the helpless, and is abundant in mercy to those who need it the most. Now, Jesus did not pose the question because He did not know that answer. He posed the question because He knew that it would provoke a response from the sick man, which in turn would invoke pity from the Savior. In that moment in the text, the man's attention was turned from his illness and fastened to the Man who had the cure! The question gave the man the platform to make his case. God wants you to make your case. Jesus became the earpiece for a man who needed to get it out and express his condition and circumstance. As the man expresses his misery, malady, plight, sadness, and futile attempts to get cured, Jesus listened! (verse 7)
Sometimes we go through life experiencing the pain of failed relationships, depression of dreams deferred, disappointment in friends and family, and ourselves. Many are broken, feel unloved, uncared for, disenfranchised, marginalized, ostracized, and just hurt! There is hope for your healing.
First, you have to acknowledge your own need for healing. No more lies to yourself, no more facades, no more saying, "you feel ok", when you actually feel like crap. Sometimes we push the pain so far down that we end up producing our own anethesia for the pain and perpetuate our own amnesia. Well...God is here it listen to you. He will direct you to the right person or the right resources for you to get help. You must do this for you!
Secondly, try to identify the true source of your pain. Not so much what you feel on the surface, but whatever it is that gives rise to the deeper hurt and pain. This can be an arduous task as it may take you to a place in your childhood or past experience that has perpetuated your current emotional pain.
Thirdly, as with any physical injury, you must cleanse and disinfect the area that needs healing. If you fail to do this, then the area can become contaminated and infection could set in, and infect other areas of your body. Mmmmmm! Unforgiveness is that ulcerated sore that clearly infects other areas of your body. It is cancerous! You must forgive yourself and others who may have hurt or wronged you! You must do this for you. For when you do, you are ready to ask God to help you yield these issues to Him, and in return, He will give you healing and restoration.
Lastly, reorientate your thinking. You will have to work on strenthening the area that is in the process of being healed. The enemy will attempt to debilitate you by having you revisit your past emotional pains over and over again, and never get to a place of wholeness. Positve healty self-talk has proven to be very beneficial. Thought-block can be used to abort any negative conjuring of thoughts that will take you to a very unsafe and unhappy place in your spirit. Turn to scriptures in the Bible that speak peace over and in your life. Realize and know that Jesus came to heal the brokenhearted and to bind up their wounds.
*Jesus' purpose was not to come and help the man into the pool, but rather He came to tell the man to get up, roll up your mat, today, you're walking out of here!
Healing Scriptures: Matthew 9:10-13, Psalm 139:23-24, Matthew 18:34, 2 Corinthians 10:45, Isaiah 53:3
In verse 8, Jesus said to him, "Rise, take up your bed and walk." Verse 9, "and immediately, the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked."
Note, the man did not even question Jesus because he was very eager to do just what was commanded of him. He picked up his mat, rolled it up (I'm sure), and put forth the effort to walk. In simple faith, he did exactly what the Word said. You would think that the question Jesus posed was rather unorthodoxed for a man who had been impotent for 38 years. Of course he wanted to walk. According to Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible, he states, "but this divine word was to be the vehicle to divine power. It was a command to the disease to be gone, to nature, to be strong...Attempt to do it, and thus given the strength to do it." "The conversion of the a sinner is the "cure" to chronic disease..." It was his faith in taking Jesus at His word. It was the power and authority of the Word that gave Him the grace he needed to put his faith into action. Faith is not static, but rather is dynamic, moving evolving, action-orented. His immediate response was evident of God's word healing in him. I can imagine the joy, the shock, the surprise of being able to walk after 38 years. This man got up and got moving; and the best part of it all is he carried his testimony with him. The mere fact that he carried his mat as opposed to lying on it bore testimony among all who witnessed that Jesus has the power to heal and to save! You must tell someone your testimony! Share what God has done for you. Even the Pharisees had to ask, "Who healed you?"
Here's what you can do: Commit to meet God everyday - Just do it!!
1. Acknowlege that God is present to heal you spiritually. You don't have to necessarily be at home. You can call on the name of the Lord any time and anywhere!
2. Pray and confess before God where you really are - be transparent.
3. Release to God any and everything that binds you - EVERYTHING!
4. Meditate, believe, and acknowledge God's great love towards you by asking Him to make your heart pliable, receptive, and opened to His love, His owrd, and His power.
5. Open God's word and study it daily. If you have not been doing so, then start with 5 minutes. If you have, then add 5 mins everyday.
6. Praise and Worship are the keys to your break through. Praise God for all He has done, is doing, and will do! Worship Him for simply who He is!!
You can draw inspiration from these bible texts: Psalm 103:2-3, Jeremiah 30:17; 33:6, Mark 11:24, I Thesselonians 5:23, James 5:14-15, III John 2.
May God bless and keep you! May you experience a healthy and whole approach to your healing. Make this your best day ever!