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Standing Up On The Inside

A minister and a doctor are discussing how a person gets well when the doctor says, “… if the sick person could only know that the healing process takes on a new dimension when something inside the sick person begins to function.” 

Interested, the minister points out that the sick person must get to that new dimension by accepting responsibility.  “You see”, the minister continues, “it is kind of like the man who had excuses for why he could not get into the pool.  Jesus listens intently then tells the man to do three things:  Rise, Take up your bed, and Walk.”  (John 5:1-18)

For you see, the man is speaking frankly to Jesus about why he cannot get into the pool.  Perhaps our other excuses are, “I am bitter,” I don’t like my doctor,” “Nobody is praying for me,” “Everybody is against me.”  If you feel any of these you should get them out of you by speaking them out and ask forgiveness of God.

Then your spirit is receptive to your spoken healing thoughts of, “I am a person of worth and God loves me,” “God wants me to will to be well,” “My doctors are for my health,” “My friends are praying that I will be restored, and I am praying for them as a seed I plant.”  God is your source of healing.  God will make a way where there is no way.  Believe Jesus is healing you-- stand up on the inside. It is His new dimension.

 John 5 After this there was a festival of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

Now in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate there is a pool, called in Hebrew[ Beth-zatha, which has five porticoes. In these lay many ill, blind, lame, and paralyzed people.[c] One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” The ill man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am making my way someone else steps down ahead of me.” Jesus said to him, “Stand up, take your mat and walk.” At once the man was made well, and he took up his mat and began to walk.

Now that day was a Sabbath. 10 So the Jews said to the man who had been cured, “It is the Sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your mat.” 11 But he answered them, “The man who made me well said to me, ‘Take up your mat and walk.’ ” 12 They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Take it up and walk’?” 13 Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had disappeared in the crowd that was there. 14 Later Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you have been made well! Do not sin any more, so that nothing worse happens to you.” 15 The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well. 16 Therefore the Jews started persecuting Jesus, because He was doing such things on the Sabbath. 17 But Jesus answered them, “My Father is still working, and I also am working.” 18 For this reason the Jews were seeking all the more to kill Him, because He was not only breaking the Sabbath but was also calling God His own Father, thereby making Himself equal to God.  John 5:1-18


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