Daily Devotional – Get Up and Walk

By on October 11, 2019
Daily Devotional

Our scripture for the Daily Devotional today is taken from John 5: 7-8.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.”  Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” 

We read in the Gospel of John that there was a man at the pool of Bethesda. (Bethesda means “house of pity or mercy.”)  This man, an invalid for 38 years needed healing; not only physical healing, but he also needed emotional healing. Jesus asked a question that used to upset me terribly. He asked,  “Do you want to be healed?” Start Your Free Month of Pure Flix

We read in the Gospel of John that there was a man at the pool of Bethesda. (Bethesda means “house of pity or mercy.”)  This man, an invalid for 38 years needed healing; not only a physical healing, but he also needed emotional healing. Jesus asked a question that used to upset me terribly. He asked,  “Do you want to be healed?”

I remember reading that scripture and I thought to myself, “Everyone who is ill wants to be healed.” But after years of prayer ministry, I came to realize that is not always the case.

I ask you today, “Do you want to be healed?”

Some wear their sickness like a badge of honor.  It becomes their identity. Some wear pity for all the attention it brings them. This man may have been thinking:

  • Look at my condition.
  • There’s no one to help me.
  • Someone else always gets in before me.
  • “Nobody will help me in the water”

Can’t you sense in his voice a resounding whine or desire for pity?

Jesus said, “Get up.” He was teaching the man that all he needed was a word from the Lord. Jesus said, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” At once, the Bible says, the man was healed. Jesus changed their life of pain and sorrow with just a word!

Healing requires obedience to Jesus’ command

For the invalid at the Pool of Bethesda it required action on his part to do as he had been instructed. This man came to the realization that this was his chance to change. He realized it was his chance to become who he was supposed to be. He realized it was his chance for some kind of normal existence.

Yes, Jesus spoke, but this man had to respond and take action.

No more pity.  No more playing games.  No more excuses.

Get up! “Get up!” He said,  “Take your mat and walk,” and in an instant, he was healed. One Jesus encounter and this man at the pool of Bethesda was healed and set free.

What is Jesus telling you to do?

Let’s Pray

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you that you are the Great Physician. Thank you that you care for me too much to leave me as I am today. Forgive me for walking in pity instead of walking in freedom. Help me to give up those things that are harmful to me. Help me to walk in your commands. Help me to be healed physically and emotionally

In Jesus’ name, Amen

EncouragementRobin Bertram is an author, speaker, ordained minister, and the executive producer and former host of the nationally and internationally syndicated television show, Freedom Today. She has been a leader of media leaders for 15 years and has placed several Christian programs onto the national and international stage. She is the author of No Regrets how loving deeply and living passionately can impact your legacy forever (Charisma House Publishing) and Hidden Treasures (Abingdon Press).

 

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Daily Devotional – Get Up and Walk