Summary: The text indicates that all of these people we all of these different issues were at the mercy house and had not the desire to help a fellow bretheren out. It is my position, that many of our ministries are a clear representation of this particular incide
Co-Dependent upon Undependable People
John 5: 1-8
After athis there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus bwent up to Jerusalem. 2 Now there is in Jerusalem cby the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, 1Bethesda, having five porches. 3 In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, 2paralyzed, 3waiting for the moving of the water. 4 For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had. 5 Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. 6 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?”
7 The sick man answered Him, “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.”
8 Jesus said to him, d“Rise, take up your bed and walk.” 9 And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked.
John five indicates that there is a man known only by his issue that was at the pool of Bethesda, who dealt with this issue for 38 years and did not have anyone to help him in the pool when there was the stirring of the water he had was brought to this place and he had become so complacent that the contentment of returning every season was more like a ritual.
Your enemy continues to try to keep you handcuffed to your past because the only material they have is from your past. Be not dismayed, they will continue to remember, but yet in their remembering they place themselves in bondage where you have gained victory. Haters will always talk. If you want to have power you have to deal with pain.
Rendered - impotent – blind – halt – withered - waiting for the moving of the water. Waiting to see if there circumstances would be any different in this season than the season before.
Bethesda = Mercy House
Wait On Him
1) People will get blessed before you
Psalm 28: 1 Unto thee will I cry, O LORD my rock; be not silent to me: lest, if thou be silentato me, I become like them that go down into the pit. 2 Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry unto thee, when I lift up my hands toward thy holy oracle. 3 Draw me not away with the wicked, and with the workers of iniquity, which speak peace to their neighbours, but mischief is in their hearts
You can’t have a Yes in your Belly and a no in Your Heart
Psalm 121 1 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. 2 My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. 3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber
But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for such the Father seeks to worship him.
Why do you have to wait until you’re going through a tight squeeze to give God a praise.
2) People won’t have debilitating infirmities
James 5:7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. 8 Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.
3) They won’t be kept from getting what they need to get healed.
He had given people first class tickets to occupy his opportunity to be blessed though the process, life has it’s quirks and need your undivided attention
Watch – Work - Pray
What if I suggested to you:
1) People will leave in your time of weakness just to get what you have been waiting for, for years
2) They will step over you just to get what you need
3) They will know that you have a need and won’t help you
When Jesus Sees You He Doesn’t See your Faults. He Sees Your Needs.
He sees you waiting patiently for a blessing he will look at you because he sees your needs when everyone else ignores them. Jesus here in this text spots out a man with an infirmity for a great period of time, however, Jesus knew that he had been in this predicament for a long time and asks him "wilt thou be made whole ?" his response begins as many of ours it begins with an excuse "I’m Co-Dependent upon Undependable People." for some reason we live dependent upon people when everything lies in the hands of God, yet we will make man our God and begin to question what we believe (Faith).