Saturday 8 January 2022

Choose Life (Part Fifty-Five): Brace Up. Pull Your Weight.

Lay Down Your 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].

Taking Our Place

Bracing up [Job 38:3; 40:7], being strong, being courageous [Deuteronomy 31:6; 1 Corinthians 16:13; Ephesians 6:10], standing in our place of dominion [Genesis 1:28] and fighting (contending) for that which is ours is not one of those things God will do for us. We have to do these for ourselves. It is our own part in the game of life. Our doing these is our partnering and opening the doorway for God to move on our behalf. We need to stand strong and say like Caleb and Joshua,
If the Lord delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, ‘a land which flows with milk and honey.’ Only do not rebel against the Lord, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the Lord is with us. Do not fear them.” (Numbers 14:8-9, NKJV)

God Has Chosen to Need Us

You can fast for all that you want. You can have more night vigils than nights of sleep. You can give all that you have and even your very life, but unless you do your part GOD IS HELPLESS in your situation. YOU HAVE THE POWER TO LET HIM IN. WILL YOU? The Philistines did and were victorious. Joshua and Caleb did and were victorious. David did and was victorious. [1 Samuel 17] What about you? We are more powerful than our "stars" (assuming there is anything like that). 

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