Get Up, Take Up Your Mat, and Walk

Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades. In these lay a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed. One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?”… Jesus said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.” John 5:2-6, 8

The man was an invalid.
He had been an invalid for 38 years.
He could not walk, at least not well.
Jesus asks him, “Do you want to be healed?” Who would say no?
Jesus calls him to act in a way that assumes healing.
He was lying there a long time.
Jesus tells him to get up.
He was an invalid…
Jesus tells him to take up his bed.
He didn’t walk…
Jesus tells him to walk.

Think about your own life. What are you asking God to heal you of? I don’t mean just physically. How about that sin that so easily ensnares you?

Are you waiting for obedience to become easier? Are you waiting for God to take away the temptation? Is it possible God is calling you to act in a way that assumes healing? That you need to step out in faith believing God has healed you?

“Freedom lies on the other side of our obedience.”

Blessings, Diane

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