If My People …

Does anyone ever deal with people they care about listening to christian music and singing along with it .. knowing that the person has fallen so far away from God, but you can’t say anything without creating a major incident? Do you catch yourself murmuring to God about it under your breath, even feeling bitter?

I deal with this a lot and it tears me up inside. We do more to feed the beast with that kind of response. This morning I caught myself and asked forgiveness. I think that when we gripe and murmur, that it contradicts our prayers and can even confuse a situation more.

If there is any kind of battle going on for the souls of these people we give the demons more strength with our attitudes, then we go pray and give the angels more strength … many times I wonder if battles go back and forth because of how people carry themselves so inconsistently in the spirit.

The battle over Daniel fasting seems unique in this regard. I’m sure there were moments when Daniel felt weak and even felt like giving up, but he remained consistent until he almost starved to death.

I once heard of a man who lived with the old native tribes who go out and pray every day knelt down in the snow all day until it melted around him from the sweat and body heat coming off of him. I know a story of another man who had what they call camel knees from praying so fervently on a hardwood floor by his bed, and he had a worn area in the floor from pacing in prayer …

In an old apartment I lived in for years I also wore down an area of carpet from pacing in prayer and praise for long periods of time, but for me even an hour or 2 in prayer will burn me out.

We seem to lack the fortitude and endurance to keep up like the men of that caliber, but most of us barely spend a few minutes a week in prayer anymore. And we wonder why things don’t change or improve around us. or if you are content with the way things are, then you are still doing something wrong …

“A man is no greater than his prayer life” is a statement that has been on my heart for days recently. Tho, I remember I use to be so addicted to prayer. I couldn’t get enough of going to church before I learned all that I know now about the paganism and the entertainment and the money.

A preacher once said something like, even if the church is dead or run by lies, just sit thru it and pray in the back in your pew, even under your breath until something happens … its a fairly tempting thought honestly. I liked to call myself an Agent Of God for this very kind of reason. I mean wolves are always out disguised as sheep, but Jesus said we will be sheep disguised as wolves. And I think we may have to be at times in order to make some difference.

Everyone always asks where is God? Well He wants to know where are His people … ?

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John 5:1-9

“After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had. ”

“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?” The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.”

“Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. And that day was the Sabbath.”

John 5:1-9

Perhaps during the Passover, though it is not certain. There were two other feasts, the Pentecost and the Feast of Tabernacles, at which all the males were required to be present, and it might have been one of them.

The sheep-market might have been rendered the “sheep-gate,” or the gate through which the sheep were taken into the city for sacrifice.

A pool may either mean a small lake or pond in which one can swim, or a place for fish, or any waters collected for bathing or washing.

Bethesda is the house of mercy. It was so called on account of its strong healing properties. The property of restoring health to the sick and infirm.

The word “porch” commonly means a covered place surrounding a building, in which people can walk or sit in hot or wet weather. Here five porches likely means that there were five covered places, or apartments, in which the sick could remain, from each one of which they could have access to the water.

It appears that this pool had medicinal properties only when it was “agitated” or “stirred.” It is probable that at regular times or intervals the fountain put forth an unusual quantity of water, or water of special properties, and that during these times the people assembled in multitudes who were to be healed.

It is not affirmed that the angel did this “visibly,” or that they saw him do it. They judged by the “effect,” and when they saw the waters agitated, they concluded that they had healing properties, and descended to them.

The Jews were in the habit of attributing all favors to the ministry of the angels of God,
Genesis 19:15
Hebrews 1:14
Matthew 4:11
Matthew 18:10
Luke 16:22; Acts 7:53
Galatians 3:19
Acts 12:11

An infirmity, weakness … we do not know what the man’s disease was. We only know that it disabled him from walking, and that it was of very long standing. It was undoubtedly regarded as incurable.

Christ, by asking the question, willed to excite in this person faith, hope, and a greater desire of being healed. He wanted the man to reflect on his miserable state, that he might be better prepared to receive a cure, and to value it when it came.

The answer of the man implied that he did desire it, but in addition to all his other trials, he had no friend to aid him. This is an additional circumstance that heightened the affliction.

Jesus not only restored the man to health, but it gave evidence to those around him that this was a real miracle and that he was really healed.

For almost 40 years he had been afflicted. He was not even able to walk. Jesus commanded him not only to walk, but to take up his bed also, and carry that as proof that he was truly made whole.

Jesus, when He gives a commandment, can give strength to obey it. It is our business to obey the commands of Jesus, however feeble we feel ourselves to be. His grace will be sufficient for us, and His burden will be light.

The Sabbath – This was a poor man, and Jesus directed him to secure his property. To carry burdens on the Sabbath was forbidden in the Old Testament. Christ showed by this that He was Lord of the Sabbath. Matthew 12:8.