Daniel Fast 2023

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Message Text

John 5:1-15 NIV

1 Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. 2 Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. 3 Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. 4 5 One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?” 7 “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.” 8 Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” 9 At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.The day on which this took place was a Sabbath, 10 and so the Jewish leaders said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat.” 11 But he replied, “The man who made me well said to me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’ ” 12 So they asked him, “Who is this fellow who told you to pick it up and walk?” 13 The man who was healed had no idea who it was, for Jesus had slipped away into the crowd that was there. 14 Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.” 15 The man went away and told the Jewish leaders that it was Jesus who had made him well.

Message Notes

1. Only one solution?

God’s plans are vastly different from ours. If we lock ourselves into one solution we can miss the miracle He is wanting to accomplish in our lives.

2. Use your time wisely.

This man had been crippled for 38 years. He was spending his life with people who had the same mentality as he did.

Proverbs 13:20 Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.

The people you are with can either be a benefit or an excuse.

3. Getting what you want may not make you whole.

But he replied, “The man who made me well said to me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.

When the healed man was confronted about carrying his matt on the Sabbath he blames Jesus for healing him.

Compare this mans statement with the statement from the man born blind in John 9

Victor and Victim only have a V in common.

4. Remind yourself.

Don’t act sick after you’ve been healed.

Psalm 77:11 I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.

When you are tempted to return to your old mentality remind yourself that God has given you victory. He has healed you.