July 3, 2018

I AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE:

TO MAKE US WHOLE (part 5)

John 5:6 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?

We have looked pretty closely at this “man”, but it is time to look closely at the “Master”. It is true that we need to be more mindful of people, and more aware of others. It is also true that we need to be more aware of our Savior, and notice more of His miraculous, healing power.

It is interesting to me here that Jesus chose this man. Verse five says a “certain man”. There were a number of other people there that day. There were a number of people there every day. Many of whom had needs, and various infirmities. In fact, the Bible says there was a “great multitude” there that day. Jesus could have stopped at anyone’s bed where they were laying, but he stopped by this man. This is what we call “God’s Grace”. I often think of how blessed I was to have the parents that I had, the upbringing that I had, and the privilege of serving God in the ministry. There is not one thing I’ve done to deserve any of that, it is just God’s grace. Any of us could claim that. If all of us could sit down and talk of all of God’s blessings in our life, we would have to wonder “why us?”. That’s the wonderful thing about His grace. We may never know why he chose each of us to bless us like He has but I am grateful for it. The book of Ephesians has something to say about this:

• Ephesians 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

You see, the Grace of God was here before you and I were here. God saw us before we were seen by anyone. Why not take a minute today to thank God for His blessings with which He chose to bless you. Thank God for Christian parents if you had them. Thank God for a good church to go to if you go to one. Thank God for a Christian husband or wife if you been blessed with one. Everything in your life was given to you because of the grace of God. All of us were lying helpless with no way to get to the “water”, but Jesus passed by. I am persuaded that He is able to choose us.

July 2, 2018

I AM PERSUADED THAT HE IS ABLE:

TO MAKE US WHOLE (part 4)

John 5:5 And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.

This DISABLED, DESPERATE, DISAPPOINTED man had a long time to become a man that was disappointed. We would assume that he had tried everything he could possibly try to get help for his condition. He had I am sure been let down by numerous doctors, medicines, friends, care givers etc. A lot of things and people will fail you over the years, how this man knew that well.

1. Religion and good works will fail you – Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Eph 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

2. Being a good person will fail you – Mat 19:17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.

3. Trusting in the goodness of God will fail you – Rom 2:4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

4. Family associations will fail you – Phl 3:4 Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more:
Phl 3:5 Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee;
Phl 3:6 Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.
Phl 3:7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.

5. Church affiliation will fail you – John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

All these things are good things but will fail to make us whole. Do you trust in some of these things in ways that you should not? It can produce false stability. He spent thirty-eight years trying everything, but all he needed was Jesus.