What Or Who You Rely On Will Either Guarantee Or Sabotage Your Chance For Breakthrough

Thursday, July 28, 2011

John chapter 5 tells the story of a crippled man who came to the pool at Bethesda everyday for 38 years hoping for a miracle. Everyday the pool would stir and it was believed at the time that this was caused by the angel of the Lord. It was further believed that the first one in the pool at the time the water swirled would be healed. So, this desperate man came day after day, year after year, hoping that one day might be his day. Jesus find him laying there one day and he flat out asks him, "Do you want to get well?" Kind of a stupid question which insulted this man's intelligence a little. His answer reveals the reason why Jesus asked the question. This man proceeds to tell Jesus that someone always beats him into the water and that he has no one there to help him in. So, Jesus solves his dilemma and tells him to get up and start walking.

We all have areas or issues from time to time in our lives that need breakthrough. From this story in John we see that what we rely on will make the difference between experiencing real change and settling for life as usual. Nothing sabotages our chance for breakthrough more than relying on either ourselves or other people to help us change. If we are really honest, we have to admit that when we find ourselves struggling with something we tend to rely on everything or everyone BUT Jesus. That is what this man did. It wasn't until Jesus came along did he find a solution to his problem. Don't get me wrong, we do need people around us to help and encourage us and to keep us accountable. We also have a personal responsibility to do what is prudent to change. However, when Jesus is not the one whom we run to for help we will never experience true change or breakthrough. What I love about this story is that after 38 years of hopelessness, Jesus instantly brings healing. And, notice that Jesus doesn't chide him for wasting all that time by not trusting in him.

If you are facing a hopeless situation, a looming problem or circumstance that perhaps has been plaguing you for years, maybe you need to shift your focus to the right place. Instead of relying on yourself or others to come up with the solution, put your hope and trust completely on the only one who can do anything about it. He's asking you just a simple question - "Do you want to get well?" The answer is standing right next to you. Romans 9:33 says, "...and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame."


Raimi said...

I really enjoyed this post and it relates to alot of issues at this moment. I have to often remind myself that the changes taking place are because I asked God for the best, for change. I think where you focus for your help is directly related to your experience.

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David Good said...

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