Witness Him Now
On a recent and much needed vacation to the beach I found myself at a Kroger in Bridge City, Texas. Vitamin water in hand, standing in the 20 item or less check out, I glanced behind me to see a man standing in line behind me. A very subtle thought crossed my mind, " He's going to lose his arm." It wasnt loud or booming but it was very clear. So, my next thought was, "Lord, I can't tell this man he is going to lose him arm. He will think I am crazy." So I checked out and left. I got to the car and told James, " Honey, God told me that man in there is going to lose his arm. I don't know what I am supoosed to do about it." I never saw this man again. When I got home from the trip I was still perplexed by this information that the Lord had intrusted me with. So I prayed, " Lord, what is it that you wanted me to do?" I couldn't get the man off of my mind and I couldn't help but think that I, in some way, could have saved this man's arm. The next day I went to my friend Terri's house and she said, " I go to read to youwhat the Lord has been telling me." She said, "Go to John 5. " And there is was!!!
Afterward Jesus returned to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish holy days. Inside the city, near the Sheep Gate, was the pool of Bethesda, with five covered porches.Crowds of sick people—blind, lame, or paralyzed—lay on the porches.One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?”
“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.”
Jesus told him, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!”
Instantly, the man was healed! He rolled up his sleeping mat and began walking! But this miracle happened on the Sabbath, so the Jewish leaders objected. They said to the man who was cured, “You can’t work on the Sabbath! The law doesn’t allow you to carry that sleeping mat!”
But he replied, “The man who healed me told me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’”
“Who said such a thing as that?” they demanded.
The man didn’t know, for Jesus had disappeared into the crowd. But afterward Jesus found him in the Temple and told him, “Now you are well; so stop sinning, or something even worse may happen to you.”Then the man went and told the Jewish leaders that it was Jesus who had healed him.
That is what the Lord wanted this man to know. " You are healed! Pick up your mat and walk and sin no more or something even worse may happen to you!"
I will, most likely, never see this man again and that is not the point. If God wants to save this man's arm and more importantly deliver this man from the sin in his heart the God will. God is bigger than me and no plan of His will be thwarted. The point is God is training me. He is training me in boldness and he is training me to be a respector of Him and not man. My prayer is that if He places me in a postion to be His hands and feet again (and I know He will) that I will be bold and obiedent to what he is asking me to do, trusting completely that he will give me wisdom as to what to do or say. I pray that I wont let the fear of what people think get in the way of what God is asking me to do. And I pray the same for you. Blessings to your walk with Lord.