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Rise, Take up your Mat and Walk! – The Proof of Spiritual Healing.

Throughout our spiritual journeys, we all by nature face some weaknesses. We experience blindness, deafness or even exhaustion to death. Nevertheless, we are reminded that full provision has been made for our cure, but the only way we remain open to God’s will in long seasons of weakness and suffering is by submission to Him and His word. Now, I understand that all this is easier said than done.

In John 5:1-15, we read of a paralytic man who had been at the pool of Bethesda for 38 years waiting on healing but all in vain. The Bethesda pool had a miraculous healing virtue in it. I kind of relate it to a hospital because it was often frequented by the sick and crippled. An angel went down and stirred the water at a certain time and whoever stepped in first was healed of whatever disease they had. A lesson here for us is to be careful never to miss an opportunity and let a season slip that may never return.

However, I can imagine, how hard it was for this man, who couldn’t use his limbs not for 1 year but 38 years, waiting for an opportunity to get in to the pool. How patient he was!  He was alone and maybe had no friends to help him. Many people must have come and found him there “as a senior” but they got their healing and left without even attending to him. During my study, this part particularly touched me the most. One could think to themselves that the poor are capable of being benevolent or generous to one another but this is not always the case. As humans, we have a notion of Everyone for himself. We do not care if people seem to have it worse than us. As long as we get what we want, we head off. Could this leave the person in need bitter? Perhaps! Because again, as humans, sometimes we like to feel entitled if we are in an unfortunate situation.

Here comes Jesus who was unknown to the paralytic. Jesus saw this man lying there and He knew that he must have been there for a long time and so he asks him, “Do you want to be healed?” And the man responded in such an affable way about the unkindness of the people around him. He said, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, while I am going another steps down before me.” As I see it, this man still had faith and was so patient. He hoped that one day, he will be able to get in to the pool and receive his healing. But guess what, his healing came not as expected.

John 5:1-15 freebibleimages.org

Rise, take up your mat and walk!” Jesus said. What a powerful command for the disease to go. The paralytic could have out-reasoned Jesus but, in the attempt, to rise and walk, he receives the strength to do it. He wasn’t told to go into the water but to get up and walk. Indeed, Christ does for us what the law cannot do. And of course, as always people will have something to say. The Jews then told the man that it was unlawful for him to carry his mat but he replied and said “The man who healed me said, take up your mat and walk.” He clearly did not carry the mat out of contempt of the law and the Sabbath but out of Obedience to Jesus. At that moment though, the man who had been healed didn’t know that it was Jesus speaking to him. However, he later has a personal encounter with Jesus.

Often when we are healed or eased of punishment, we could be in danger of returning to sin because the terror we’ve been facing is over but Jesus cautioned the man when he found him in the temple. “See, you are well, Sin no more!” The man found healing to his soul too. He experienced both physical and spiritual healing. What a blessing!

Many times, we complain so much because of our suffering and fail to notice that there a those who hardly know how it feels to be well. We should be thankful and patient in our trials knowing that God keeps account of how long. In this we may find comfort. And when we are healed, we should know where to go when the mercies received are still fresh. The man went to the temple to offer thanksgiving or possibly because it was Sabbath and that is where he encountered Jesus. We should also be willing to go wherever God sends us and take up whatever He may lay upon us and walk before Him. In the case of the healed man, he had to pick up his mat and walk. That was proof for his spiritual healing. What is the proof of your spiritual healing? I hope you’ll be blessed as you mediate on the lessons you have learnt from this blog or from your individual study.

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kingdommouthpiece

August 21, 2021

May God help us to cease complaining. To be grateful and obey His command to us.
Thank you for this Cheery

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thecheeryhaven

August 21, 2021

Amen!!! You’re welcome! Thank you for reading sis.

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evidencemutumbu

August 26, 2021

Good Word.

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thecheeryhaven

August 26, 2021

Thank you for your time Evidence!!!

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Joshua Kats

October 2, 2021

Oh how much human evil human hearts can harbor! Not just for the diseased, but for the healed also.

We thank God, Christ is concerned for both parties. And may we indeed learn multiple lessons from Hjs dealings with this faith filled man🙏

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thecheeryhaven

October 2, 2021

Amen!!! Thank you for your time Joshua.

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mbithimartin

December 21, 2021

Woow…in thanks giving we are made whole, the man later met Jesus in the temple and was made whole.

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thecheeryhaven

December 27, 2021

Indeed!!!

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