Sunday, 28 June 2020

Choose Life (Part Forty Five)

'Have you a Heavy Burden?
Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity 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, NKJV
We continue this week with the story of the sick man healed at the Pool of Bethesda. [John 5:1-15].

I recognize people are doing all they can to find their way out of the pit, but it seems like their situation keeps getting worse, rather than better. In their mind, they have stopped digging. They are trying to climb out of the pit (hole), but every one step forward seems to be producing two steps backward. They labor, but the result is not commensurate to the effort.

This is more like working like an elephant and eating like an ant. More like the sick man at the Pool of Bethesda, they have been at this for a very long time. Do you know anyone like this? Are you one yourself? What may be the reasons for this? Is God limited, or are there things we are doing that might be limiting Him? Are there remedies to this?

One might be quick to say, maybe such are under a curse, but is that true? It never fails to amaze me the extent to which people go in the name of breaking curses. They practically empty their God-given brains all in the name of breaking some phantom (in most cases) curse. The Internet is full of examples of such abuses, all in the name of breaking curses. Yet, this does not deter a whole lot of people, sheep meant for the slaughter.

Now, I am in no way discountenancing curses altogether. What I am discountenancing, with no apologies, is the credit we give to them. We sure give them more credit than they deserve. Blessings and curses have no power of their own. Their power is inherent in the belief we associate with them. We give them power. We provide energy to them. [Proverbs 26:2] 
"Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse will not land on its intended victim." (Proverbs 26:2, NLT)
There is something that supersedes blessings and curses. It is called the power of the human will, the power of the human spirit. That is an endowment God gave the man at creation, and it has not been taken away. The devil cannot gain entrance to you or your goods until he first kills your spirit. 

As Jerry Savelle puts, "if the devil can't steal your joy, he can't keep your goods." Do you still have your joy? In it lies your strength? In it lies your human spirit, your god-within (entheos). It is the strength of your human will.

Are you handling the gate of your life?

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