Spiritual Healing

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John 5:1-17

The pool of Bethesda today is ruins, but in Jesus' day it was a very special place. It was a pool located near the Sheep Gate in Jerusalem where sick people would gather waiting for an opportunity to be healed. You see the water would stir from time to time and the first person who could enter the pool while the water was moving would be healed. In John 5:1-17 Jesus comes to the pool of Bethesda and sees a man who has been unable to walk for 38 years. This man has been coming to the pool year after year in hopes of getting healed but because he can't walk, he can never get to the water when it stirs. Jesus speaks to this man and asks him if he wants to be healed. Of course, the man says yes, and then Jesus tells him "Get up, take up your bed, and walk" (vs. 8). Without hesitation, the man gets up and walks away healed.

As I thought about this encounter, it dawned on me how this story really shows us a picture of a world starving for spiritual healing. They want and need spiritual healing, but they don't know how to attain it. And, they are open to hearing about it from others (that's where you and I come in). This past week in Israel I had the opportunity to share Christ with a Muslim store keeper. I had never spoken to a Muslim about Jesus before, and I was a little scared because I didn't know how he would respond. But I asked Jesus to help me and jumped in. Guess what? He listened to every word I said and we talked for 20 minutes or so. He didn't receive Jesus as Savior, but at least he heard about Jesus...as the Son of God and Savior. I'm praying for this sweet man and his family and hope that someday they will know Jesus personally.

So what are you doing to tell others about Jesus and the eternal life that comes only through Him? What can you do to be more aware of opportunities to share Christ? Tami W.

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Many are certainly open to hearing about spiritual things from others. More often than not, I think, the best way we can share about Jesus with others is to simply share what He's done for us and the difference He's made in our lives.

I think there are more opportunities to vocally display Christ in our lives than any of us are really fully aware of. Something as profound as an intentional, meaningful conversation or as simple as a word of praise given or a prayer offered can turn someone's thoughts and attention to Him, if only for the briefest of moments. Perhaps recognizing those opportunities comes with taking advantage of our own opportunities to give Him glory.

In the end, we're called to be living, breathing, walking road signs, pointing the way to Him with our words and our deeds.

Sharing testimonies as Brian has said is a good way to share God and His Word with them. Tami you said something that is key when we go to share God's Word, we must Jesus for His help. He will direct or path and strngthen us. Thanks for the pics of the pool at Bethsaida Tami.

We don't realize that we set an example by how we live in our actions and words, especially with young children. They learn 90% by what we do as opposed to what we say so I try to live the life that Christ would want me to live. Keeping in mind that we should be preparing for the next life with Christ and not put so much emphasis on this world with all its uncertainties.
When opportunity knocks and God is leading me to voice his truths then I proceed to speak. It is a challenge to not get over excited and come off as preeching, I have to remember to let the Holyspirit guide me always.

The religious leaders were not even concerned that a 38yr-long invalid was healed. All they cared about was their legalistic rule over ALL.

13 Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn

Many in our Church's today don't even know who Jesus is.

Jesus went and found the healed man....and said:

,"Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you"

There are consequences from our Sinful Choices.

So what are you doing to tell others about Jesus and the eternal life that comes only through Him? Telling all my Methodist friends who Jesus is.

What can you do to be more aware of opportunities to share Christ?

Like a gold digger, always looking


Grace and Peace, until Judgment Day

For me this scripture is talking about our self pity excuses. We read there were several people with afflictions waiting around 5 colonades for the pool to stir to heal them instead of making an effort to help themselves. The excuses the man gave Jesus for his situation was that someone else did not put him in the pool and someone else took away his opportunity. In verse 14, Jesus tells him he is well and to sin no more. What sin was the man guilty of? Also, why did Jesus not heal the others wating around the colonnades?

God provides for His children, but we have to put forth effort to receive what God gives us. I don't sit in my house all day and expect God to put food in my refrigerator, pay the mortage, or pay the utilities. God doesn't send others to my house to bring me food or pay my bills either. However, God gives me the opportunity to work at a job that provides food and shelter. I have the choice to wallow in self pity because I won't help myself or to make an effort to receive what God gives me.

I believe you cannot help someone who will not help themselves. Unfortunately, it appears the social norm these days is the expectation that someone else is responsible for you instead of being responsible for yourself. I believe it is this attitude that is near the root of all the problems we have today. Everyone wants change, but they aren't willing to change themselves. The root of all the problems we have today is who we look to for help. Everyone is looking to the government for help instead of the only one who can help us - GOD.

One has to have daily devotion with Christ and his word. I am always aware that it's not about me but the Christ in me, and so even when I don't get to read the word of God or pray as I should, I try to repeat familiar scripture passages and say "Jesus have mercy, help me Jesus, etc."
I am a Sunday School Teacher of the adult class and therefore I have great opportunity to tell others in my class about their eternal destiny. Just yesterday, as we studied the lesson entitled "Eternal Life" they were informed that there were two destinies after the judgment - heaven and hell and that only with Christ we'll have access to heaven, that there was no one else who offers eternal life but Christ Jesus and that it's a good thing, since one need not be confused because its just one way to go there - through Jesus Christ alone. "He is the way the truth and the life.

Hi Tami,
Nice to be here at this blog.
It’s really wonderful to read the story at the pool re-told in a wonderful way with a wonderful experience of sharing the gospel. I am so glad to read the way in which you dealt with the person who is of other faith and the fear in your mind about the response of the person. It’s a good example to follow suit, yes, we (believers- the blood bought children of God) all need to share the Good News of our Savior to others especially to the other faiths, as they are very ignorant about it. Let us do that diligently in the coming days.
Thanks for sharing this.
Keep inform.
Keep writing
Best Regards
Philips A.


Hi Tami,
Thanks,
I re-shared this post in my blog
Philipscom

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