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Saturday, October 29, 2011



“Now a certain man was there who had a sickness thirty-eight years.  When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him,  ”Do you want to be made well?”  John 5:5-6
The most prevalent topic of the Lord Jesus Christ in the New Testament was health!   "...God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and ...he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with Him.” Acts 10:38
Before I speak about the the healing power of the Lord Jesus, I want to qualify what the Lord wants you to hear today with a couple of statements.  Everyone that Jesus touched in His ministry and healed eventually died of some other disease.  So physical healing is often temporary.  The Lord provides food for us to cure our hunger, but eventually we get hungry again.  Because of sin, these bodies will not last forever or even stay in a healthy state continually. I know many wonderful Christians today who are sick, disabled, and suffering some type of pain in their bodies. That is why the Lord has prepared a new body for us when we leave planet Earth and enter into Heaven.
There is at least one other thing the  Lord Jesus would like for you to know about His healing you.  When it happens it is a gift from Him.  When it does not happen like you pray, it is not a matter of His not loving you.  He heals you because He loves you, but when He does not heal you, He still loves you.  “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is make perfect in weakness....” (2 Corinthians 12:9).
The question of this message is about you and not about the ability of the Lord Jesus to heal you.  He has demonstrated His healing power over and over, and will continue to do so.  The question is “Do You Want To Get Well?”.  I would guess in almost all cases that your answer would be “yes”.  
I have prayed in “Jesus’ name” for many people to be healed as many pastors and men and women of God have done for others, and many were healed.  I have also prayed for many in “Jesus’ name” and they did not get healed.  So what should we do? “Confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed.  The effective, fervent (sincere) prayer of a righteous person accomplishes much” James 5:16
Healing is about listening and obeying the voice of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Many people were at the same place where this man was healed and were not healed, but He heard the voice of Jesus and obeyed Him.
The first thing this man did was to make an excuse of why He had not been healed for the past 38 years.  “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” 
The Lord Jesus did not discuss his excuse, but gave him a new way to be healed.  The man’s own efforts and methods had not worked for 38 years.  But when he listened to Jesus, he was healed.
Your Health and Healing Is a Partnership Between You and God
The Lord Jesus told this sick man to do something about His own healing.  “Rise, take up your bed and walk.  And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed and walked.  And that day was the Sabbath.”  (John 5:8).
He had to take charge of his own life and health.  He had to make a decision to accept the healing by getting up and walking.  This method Jesus was telling him was something new and different  Had he not gotten up and walked, Jesus’ words of healing would not have been effective.  “Do You Want to Get Well?”  It may require that you do something or change your habits to get your healing.  You may have to “Rise, take up your bed and walk.”  
He had to do it in at an inconvenient time.  It was considered socially and spiritually unacceptable for a doctor to treat someone on the “sabbath” day or for a patient to go to the doctor for treatment on that day.  The Lord Jesus’ healing power is not restricted by man’s rules, methods, or political correctness. When are you going to start receiving your healing?
Physical healing is certainly not the only kind of healing or even the most important. Spiritual healing is more important than physical healing.  Physical healing is temporary, Spiritual healing is eternal.
“Bless the Lord, O my Soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your sins, Who heals all your diseases...”  (Psalm 103 2-3).  Without a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, you can only live a few  years.  With it, you can live forever.
When the Lord forgives you and heals you, you have a personal responsibility to take care of your own health.  “Afterward, Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, See, you have been made well.  Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.” (John 5:14).  We do not need better healthcare, we need to take better care of the health the Lord Jesus has given us.
When the Lord heals you, it is the right thing to thank Him and tell others of His goodness.  “The man departed and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.” ( John 5: 15).  
Has the Lord healed you physically, emotionally, spiritually, or your marriage, your relationship with your children, or in other ways? He wants to do it again.  I am sure He has.  I want to thank God for the many times He has healed me.  “Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men!”  (Psalm 107:8).
If you do not receive your healing now, there is a reason.  God loves you just as much as He does others.  But remember it is not God’s fault when you are not healed.  “You ask and do not receive, because you ask for the wrong reason, that you may use it for your own pleasures.”  (James 4:3).  I do not believe that the Lord Jesus is going to heal you so you can go out and continue a life of sin and dishonor  His name.  I would encourage you today to listen and obey the voice of Jesus as He passes by you.  He is asking you a simple question.  “Do You Want To Get Well?” 

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