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August 13, 2017


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John 5:2-9

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Scripture Reading: Luke 4:18; Mark 16:17-18; John 4:5-10

Scripture Text: John 5:2-9

2 Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches.
3 In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.
4 For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.
5 And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.
6 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?
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.
9 And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.



-Jerusalem is a place of peace but there are multitudes who are not peaceful!
-Jerusalem is a place of blessing but there are people who are not blessed;
-Jerusalem is a place of healing and deliverance but there people lying around in bondage
- The name of the pool ‘Bethesda’ translates to ‘House of Mercy’ yet people are there who have not received mercy but rather are sick, blind, and lame.

This is the situation of many of us who have proclaimed our belief in Jesus:
- We have been called to be kings but we insist on sitting by our inheritance and starve to death without making any move to possess our possession.
- We are in the place of mercy and deliverance but we still feel bound by our circumstances and environment.
- Though the bible assured us that those who have been set free by Jesus are free indeed, many are still living blind, lame and paralyzed lives. We have been lame in terms of being stuck in one place for a long time and paralyzed from doing anything about our pitiful condition
Jesus spoke to the potential in him: Pick up your mat and walk!
Jesus spoke to the power that has been lying dormant in the man.
Jesus spoke to the ability in the man that he did not know he possessed.
Jesus made him aware of the awesome ability he possessed.
Jesus simply asked him to pick up his mat by himself:
Jesus did not call for people around to help him;
Jesus did not pick the mat up for him;

Let’s go to A NEW DIMENSION!! ”

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