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No More Excuses

“And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.  When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me in the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.  Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.” John 5:5-8

Jesus is in Jerusalem and he goes to Bethesda pool where there are crowds of sick people who are blind, lame and paralyzed. Jesus had an appointment with one man who was laying there with an infirmity for 38 long years. When Jesus saw him, he posed a question to him, “Wilt thou be made whole?” The man does not give him a yes or no answer, but he comes up with an excuse why he was not whole. He had no one to put him into the pool. It was known that an angel would come to this pool and troubled the water and the first person who entered into the water was instantly healed. So he just laid there everyday.

God is asking us today do we want to be made whole. Or do we have excuses just like this man? Or is it easier to blame someone else as to why we are not whole.  Or do we feel that we are not worthy of being made whole? God is not looking to point fingers at anyone as to why we are still blind, lame and paralyzed. “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivered him out of them all.” (Psalms 34:17)

Jesus told that man to get up, pick up his bed and walk. So get up and stop wallowing in self-pity and playing the blame game. Do you want to be made whole?

Only believe for all things are possible

For we walk by faith, not by sight …2 Corinthians 5:7

Faith is an action word.  Every day we put our faith in action in believing that when we drive our vehicle that it will get us to our destination.  We believe that as we sit in a chair we have  faith that it will hold us.  We also have faith that when our payroll check is direct deposit into our bank account, that it’s in our account,  and we will take funds out of it by writing a check or by using our debit card.  So why do we lack faith when it comes to God? Abraham had faith in God.  God told him to leave his country and from his family unto a land where he would show him.  How did Abraham show his faith?  By doing just what God told him to do.  He gathered up his belongings, his wife, and his nephew Lot and left.  I can imagine if God had told some of us to do this, we would be questioning him by saying, “Is that really you God speaking to me?”

To have faith, we must see with our spiritual eyes and not with our natural eyes.  We have to use our “Now Faith”  and have confidence in the things we hope for even though we cannot see it in the natural.  Unless we have faith, it’s impossible to please God.  For us to be able to approach Him, we must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Come

Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ?   John 4:29

Here is a woman who was out at the well getting her water at the hottest time of day.  Little did she know that she had appointment to meet with God this day and this very hour.  She was a woman who was an outcast and a misfit because she was thirsty for love in all the wrong places.  She was ostracized and avoided by the women of this town because of her lifestyle living with a her fifth man who was not her husband.  Today was the day that she would be set free in her soul and in her mind.  Today she was to receive water that would cause her to never thirst again because it came sprung from the well of everlasting life.

Are you thirsty? Are you thirsty for love or looking for satisfaction in your life?  Do you want a drink from this well and never thirst again?   Jesus says if anyone thirst, let them come unto Him, and He will give them drink.   If you will trust Him and accept Him as your Savior, out of your belly (your heart)  shall flow rivers of living water.  He will wash and cleanse your heart of all sins and His Spirit will come and dwell within you.

The only way

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.  John 14:6

There is no other way but to go through God for all of our needs.  So many times we try to go through people or things to get what we think will satisfy us.  Jesus is the only way.  He is the truth.  He does not try to deceive us or play tricks on us to get us to accept him.  There is no deceit in him.  He is the life.  He came so that we may have life and have it more abundantly.  The only way that we can get to God is through our Lord Jesus Christ.  He is our mediator.  We no longer have to sacrifice with bulls or lambs to appease the Father, but he became that living sacrificial lamb who was willing to lay down his life for mankind to bring us back into fellowship with His Father.  All he asks is that we repent of our sins and turn from them and accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.  For He is the only way.

Sign of the time

And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.  But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.  Matthew 24:12-13

The disciples asked Jesus what sign would show the end of the world.  Jesus begin to tell them about false prophets and the false Christs who will come claiming to be the Christ, there will be threats of wars and nations warring against nations, and kingdoms against kingdoms.  There will be famines and earthquakes in all parts of the world. Can we see the sign of His Second Coming?  Sin is running rampant and  brotherly love that we should have each other is cold.  We hear on the news and read in the newspapers of someone being killed whether it’s an adult or a child in cold blood and without any remorse for their actions.  Those who had a zeal for God are missing in action.  For adversities have caused them to give up and they no longer feel there is a God and have lost all faith in Him.  But Jesus lets us know if we remain in Him and bear through all these troubles, we shall be saved from judgment.  Are you ready for the coming of the Lord?

 

There is nothing too hard for God

Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son. Genesis 18:14

There is nothing too hard for God?  Right?  Then why is it when we come against adversity or situations happened that are beyond our control that sometimes cause us to buckle?  We can say it’s because we are human.  But this one thing we do know is that God knows how to get our attention and remind us in His Word or in a small quiet voice to say He is aware of the situation and there is nothing so difficult that He cannot do!

When three men appeared to Abraham on their way to Sodom, he told Abraham that this time next year Sarah will have a son.  Sarah was in the tent and she heard what he said and laughed.  Why?  Because She and Abraham were very old.  When she did give birth to her son, she was 90 years old and Abraham was 100.   Sarah looked at herself and all she could see was how old she was  and she was way past child-bearing.  She looked at her husband and saw that he was an old man.   Is not how we look at our situations?   We see all the negatives of the situation and think how could any good come out of this because I lost my home, I lost my job, my children are out of control, or maybe in jail, my spouse has left me, I am all alone, I’m not smart, I don’t have  enough education, I have too many bills  and  the economy is so bad and there’s no way I can get out of this situation, I am sick, cancer is all through my body, and the list goes on.

God heard her laugh and He said to Sarah, “Is any thing too hard for the Lord?”  Sarah quickly denied that she laughed because she was afraid.  Why? God heard her and He called her on it.  Well, God heard us too and he is calling us on it.  God is omnipresent, which is present in all places at all times and He is omniscient which is having infinite awareness and understanding.  He sees all and He knows all of our thoughts.  He is aware of our weaknesses and how we may falter in our faith.  And He still loves us and continues to build up our faith.  Is any thing too hard for the Lord?