NOT TODAY DEVIL:
I CAN’T LAY BACK DOWN
You guys, honestly, it’s time that we’re done being surprised.
Done being surprised by trial, by error, by opposition…
In John 5 we get the story of man who has been sick for 38 years.
When Jesus saw the man and knew that he had been sick for such a long time, Jesus asked him, “Do you want to be well?”
7 The sick man answered, “Sir, there is no one to help me get into the pool when the water starts moving. While I am coming to the water, someone else always gets in before me.”
8 Then Jesus said, “Stand up. Pick up your mat and walk.” 9 And immediately the man was well; he picked up his mat and began to walk.
Is this not everyone’s story?
Little did we know when we first met Him, Jesus revealed himself as the pool!
the clincher IN THE MIRACLE:
This man had gone unnoticed by everyone but Jesus for thirty-eight years.
Living a quiet life in his trials, just like everyone else.
Now, suddenly he can walk. He has been healed. This man is breathing in hope and anticipating a new way of living for the first time. He is enthralled by this encounter!
15 Then the man left and told his people that Jesus was the one who had made him well.
This guy never had anybody care and now that God did something in his world… and was declaring it, new enemies came out of the woodwork.
All of a sudden, when it’s beyond your own strength, people start paying attention.
The opposers: You’ve changed! We used to be friends. What are you doing? This is a phase. It’s going to wear off. Are you insane? No, seriously, are you insane? I liked you better the way you used to be.
This man: I’m sorry that my working legs offend you, but I can’t just lay back down.
The rescue from our silent despair is worth shouting from the mountaintops. Though we may, at times, feel paralyzed by enemy gunfire; we remember that our faith is not an accessory, our faith is artillery.
Do you remember when you couldn’t even walk?