6 When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?”
7 “I can’t, sir,” the sick man said, “for I have no one to put me into the pool when the water bubbles up. Someone else always gets there ahead of me.”
8 Jesus told him, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!”
John 5:6-8 (NLT)
As usual, I would like to begin with the background story. Jesus went to Jerusalem in one of the local holy days. In one place in the city called the Sheep Gates, there were a lot of sick and paralyzed people. Jesus approached one of them who had been sick for thirty eight years. Jesus asked the man whether he wanted to get well. Instead of giving a simple yes, he told Jesus the reason he could not get well. Jesus told him to stand up, pick up his mat and walk. The man was healed at that instant.
Let us study in detail. In the previous article, we can see the true nature of Jesus’ character. Jesus is not the pervert that the religious churches portrayed him to be. He is a loving and caring person. When he sees someone who is suffering sickness, he will never say, “It is my will for you to be sick. I made you sick for my pleasure. It gives me glory to make people sick.” The above words are lies from the pit of hell. Only people who are deep in the bondage of religion will go for that.
The passage above tells us the truth about Jesus. When Jesus sees you sick, his question to you is, “Would you like to get well?” Have you wonder why he asked this question? Was he asking for fun? The truth is there are 2 reasons for this question:
1. He wants to heal us.
2. He wants us to have a choice whether we want his healing.
Our choice makes a difference. This is why we need to spend time with God to know more about the truth. Only with God’s truth we are able to make the correct choice. This is also the target of Satan’s attacks in our lives. God’s intention is always to heal and prosper us. Satan knows he can never change that. Therefore his attacks are always focused on the second part. He used lies to mess up our choices. As long as he can get us not to believe and reject God’s blessings of health and wealth in our lives, we will remain under his bondage.
The purpose of the articles in this blog is to reveal the truth from God that will set us free. I suspect Satan must be very terrified of me that he has launched a new wave of attacks on me. If you have been reading this blog for some time, you will see that Satan’s attacks were in the form of religious people condemning, slandering and telling lies about me. They were trying to use their harsh words to make me give up the Gospel. They must have realized by now that their evil conspiracy has failed.
Two days ago, they tried again. This time they are using the soft approach. They called me deluded by the “false preachers of the prosperity gospel” Their ring leader even wrote about me in his blog and asked his religious drones to pray for me. Their setup looks like they really care for me and want to deliver me from my “delusions”. I regret to say that I made a mistake by trying to reason with them and I got slandered. Since then, I have stopped visiting this blog and I have made it clear that I have no intention to make it a habit to visit such heretic blog.
I put up this incident to show that Satan does not give up easily. When he realized that his hard line approach has failed to destroy our faith, he will try softer ones. In my case, he got his religious people to put up a caring mask to get me to give up the Gospel. However, just because they are trying, it does not mean that they will succeed. We must always be aware of the truth that our God is always on our side. We can never be defeated by the enemies. The only way we can be defeated is when we choose to give up.
Let us continue with the story. After Jesus asked the man whether he wanted to get well, that guy did not give a direct answer. Why can’t he just say “yes”? The answer is he must have given up on the prospect of healing. After all, he had been sick for thirty eight years. We can see from his answer that his thoughts were not on how to get well but on why he could never get well. This is the bondage from religion. This is the lie that the religious people are trying to get us to believe in.
”You have been sick for thirty eight years. Surely it must be God’s will for you to be sick. Maybe God is glorified when you are sick.”
What do you think will happen why you believe in those religious lies? The answer is nothing. These lies will keep you from receiving God’s healing and you will continue to be sick. This is why, even the soft approach by Satan can never deceive me. No matter what form they can morph into, the results of religious lies will always lead to bondage.
How did Jesus respond to this man? Jesus told him to stand up, pick up his mat and walk. He did not even bother to address the man’s reasons of not being able to get well. Jesus did not answer a fool according to his own folly. He used the truth to overcome lies. I regret to say that I made this mistake by trying to reason with the religious people and I will not do it again.
In conclusion, we are at war with the forces of darkness. The key to the entire war is our faith. Satan and his armies of devils and religious people are only focused in our faith. The moment they can get us to give up our faith we have lost. In contrast, as long as we keep our faith and make it grow, we will not only overcome their attacks, we will be in position to crush them and demand war reparations. Our sickness will turn to health. Our poverty will turn to prosperity. Our failures will turn to success. The wealth of the sinners are laid up for the just.