First, let me start with an apology. It’s been a while (January in fact) since I last posted **slaps wrist**. At some point I will let you know what I’ve been up to this year, but in a nutshell it’s been an AWESOME yet very testing year!
This year has been an amazing year of development, secret place struggles & future direction for N.O.W ministries as well as spiritual maturity & deep spiritual growth. I’m so excited to see all come to pass that The Lord has laid on my heart for N.O.W Ministries as we cross over into 2015, by God’s grace.
(I must admit I had thought that I would write a blog post based on a reflection of 2014 (who knows how the spirit will lead this post) but I must write the revelation that was given to me as I was on my journey to work this morning.)
I’m currently reading an amazing devotional by Rich Miller called 40 Days of Grace – I encourage you to check it out. This morning’s reading was on John 5. I’ve read this MANY, MANY times, heard it preached NUMEROUS times and even studied it myself. However, The Holy Spirit spoke something to me that He’s never done before. (This is also exciting in itself, as He’s been quiet of late, but that’s for another post 😉 So let’s get started…
John 5 1-3 says:
Afterward Jesus returned to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish holy days. 2 Inside the city, near the Sheep Gate, was the pool of Bethesda,[a] with five covered porches. 3 Crowds of sick people—blind, lame, or paralyzed—lay on the porches.[b]
According to research, the name of the pool Bethesda is derived from the Aramaic language ‘beth hesda‘ meaning house of mercy or house of grace. It can also mean shame and/or disgrace due to the location & condition of those who congregated in the area. Further along in John 5 we are introduced to a gentleman, with no name – all we know is his condition, aka ‘The Lame Man’.
You know…the lame man?! If you don’t then where have you been hiding?
I’m sure you would have heard him preached about…it’s mostly said that he shows what self-pity, that he’s got issues. I don’t know about you, but I can relate to him. Seen others come & go, receive their healing, their miracles & leave him there. I can imagine it now….’See ya later mate! Until next time? Imma pray for you!’ Shake of the hand. Deuces!!
Anyway, so along comes Jesus (many might think to rescue the man, but here we see that rescuing someone is not always the best tactic. Many sermons speak of the miraculous healing of Jesus does here & speaks of the one question ‘ Do you want to be made well?’ Imagine lying by a pool for 38years and someone asks you ‘Do you want to made well’? I can think of many sarcastic responses that as humans we would be prone to for e.g. ‘Well no of course not, I’m just chilling catching some sun rays 😉 haha
But there’s something deeper going on here. Jesus talks to the HEART of the matter. The man’s healing wasn’t in the pool, it was in his heart. It was in his ‘want to’.
One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?”
7 “I can’t, sir,” the sick man said, “for I have no one to put me into the pool when the water bubbles up. Someone else always gets there ahead of me.”
We see here a man who had put his hope in PEOPLE to help & assist him to the pool, but for 38years they had gone pass him and gotten ahead of him to receive their healing. You can’t blame them, in all honesty, before we all knew Jesus we were exactly the same.
With that being said, the revelation that The Holy Spirit spoke so sweetly to me was:
‘He didn’t need the pool’
The man had put his hope in the pool. He’d put his healing in the pool. He’d put his dreams in the pool. He’d put his future in the pool. He’d put his destiny in the pool. Clearly he had, as he’d sat there for 38 YEARS. He’d sat gazing by ‘the thing’ he thought he needed, when what he NEEDED was a word from God.
Ever noticed that Jesus never took him to the pool? He never even told him to go to the pool and dip his feet now that He could walk. He spoke to him in his condition, in his set apartness, in his time of loneliness & feeling forgotten and told him to get on with this life & to STOP sinning. You see, once you’ve had an encounter with God, given your life to Him, your desire for sinning SHOULD die as you are now DEAD to sin & alive in Christ (Romans 6:11)
So I take this time to ask you…what’s your ‘pool’? Where have you put your hope? Who have you put your hope in? What is it that you think you need in order for what God has put in your heart to come to pass? Your situation may look hopeless & driven you to place your hope in something or someone OTHER THAN Jesus.
BUT whatever your ‘thing’ is, surrender it to God & watch Him give you a word that makes you “…Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!” (John 5:8).
Please feel free to leave comments below.
Remember God Loves you more than you know. And in those silent moments trust Him for that one word. Hold it, claim it, hang onto it & trust him.
Love EML xx