Good evening, everyone! How was your day? I hope it was blessed.
I have another sermon snack for you and your going to love it. We were blessed to have Benjamin Dupte, visit with us. He came all the way from India with his brothers. He brought a word and, man, was it good! Delicious, nutritious, and fortified with what we need to grow in faith of what God can do.
“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, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had. Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” 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.” Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. And that day was the Sabbath.”
John 5:1-9 NKJV
This man was laying there for 38 years. He’s watching others receive their blessings, but he is just lying there. We don’t want to stay in a hospital more than a week. Why doesn’t he leave this place? He might be getting some good things on the bed. Maybe that’s keeping them from moving from that place. Infirmity means physical and mental disease. This man has a mental condition and he was so comfortable he wanted to stay there. He didn’t want to move out of his place. If he moved an inch a day, he would have been healed. Sometimes we get so comfortable that we don’t want to move ahead or receive that blessing. When Jesus asked the man if he wanted to get well, he made excuses. It’s the same with us. We can’t wait for someone to pick us up and take us to the blessing. Until you step up in faith, you will not receive a blessing. You have to move forward. Don’t wait for someone else. Come out of your comfort zone. Step up in faith and God will make a way. Don’t make excuses. If we take a step, so will God. We must be thankful for what God has done. We just have to obey what God is telling us to do. So many people need to hear about Jesus. When you have the love of God in you, nothing can hinder you. When you’re available to God, he will use you. When you introduce Jesus in to other’s lives, you don’t have to do anything. God will work in their hearts. Everything we do is by faith. One person can make a difference.