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For 38 Years this man had been in that same spot ----doing the SAME THING.
Now there is something to be said for CONSISTENCY and PATIENCE ---But this may be going to far.
John 5:6-7 When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?
Now to you that may sound like Jesus is asking a FOOLISH QUESTION.
But the text says that Jesus "Knew he had been there a long time.
Jesus knew that God had made Provision for Healing for His COVENANT PEOPLE.
Remember? What he said about the Woman in the Temple that day who was all bent over?
Luke 13:16 And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?
Covenant People Have Rights! ----God has Provided for His Own People.
Why hadnít this man tapped into what God had already provided?
Maybe he just liked to hang around that place ----Maybe he LIKE the PITY people had on him.
Some folks are like that.
They hang onto their Sickness ----or their Problems ----So theyíll have something to Talk about.
Some folks donít want God to heal them cause then theyíll have to Go to Work.
If youíve been in your situation for a LONG TIME and NOTHING is CHANGING----
You may need to STOP what youíve been DOING and START doing something else.
If your life gets better in any substantial amout it WILL BE because of something YOU DO
or something you QUIT DOING.
God has Provided EVERYTHING you need to Succeed in Life and Godliness
Wishing wonít change your life -----Complaining wonít make it better.
Being Jealous of others or criticizing them to Justify yourself and your lack----
To Upease your conscience for Your IN-CONSISTENCY-----
---WILL NOT MAKE YOUR LIFE BETTER---It will make it WORSE.
Itís like QuickSand ----The more you Wallow in that JUNK ----The DEEPER youíll Go.
You may need to Get out of that Place ----You may need to Do Something Else.
"But I donít know what to do" ASK GOD
---James 1:5 says "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him."
Now, Youíve got to Ask In Faith.
You canít say "God I ask you for Wisdom for this Situation" One Minute ---Then then turn to your neighbor and Say "I just donít have any Idea what Iím gonna do now"
If youíre gonna bother to Ask God ---You ought to Respect Him enough to believe He will Answer you. ----thatís the kind of God He is.
The Question Jesus was Asking "DO YOU REALLY WANT TO BE WHOLE?" IS a VALID QUESTION.
And the Answer
John 5:7 The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.
8 Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.
Now This is Where -----the Rubber meets the Road.
Itís one thing to Say you want your situation to Change
----Itís something else to ACTUALLY do something about it.
Now this man has another Problem
He has to DO what Jesus said if heís going to Get what He wants.
But He also Knew it wasnít Right
----According to the Law of the day to carry his bed on the Sabbath.
Now is DECISION TIME.
So the man picked up his
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