Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Wilt Thou Be Made Whole

John 5:3  In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.  4) For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.  5) And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.  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?  7) The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.  8) Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.

The impotent man was a part of a great multitude which sought healing and recovery from their diseases.  In order for them to receive that healing they would wait with great expectation for the angel to trouble the water at a certain season.  There was a greater lesson that Jesus wanted to teach to the impotent man and the multitude that day.  It was not just about believing in the water with their mind physically, but to operate in faith and that they could be healed. The impotent man was troubled by his infirmity and felt as if he was being overlooked because no one was their to lift him into the water. His expectation was only of a partial belief in hope of being healed. 

Jesus wanted to make him completely whole from more than just the disease.  The "Wholeness" that Jesus offered was about eternal life, salvation and being set free. When we except Jesus we are made complete in Him. It is not based on our ability or health. Our life changes, and their is a new attitude, appearance, peace and joy.  We receive endurance to run this race of faith.  It does no good be healed and made whole in one area, when the rest of the body is still out of sync.  It is the same way with us as in the body of Christ.  Every joint supplieth and so in order for that to occur, we must deal with our sin nature and repent unto God. 

Willing to be made "whole" requires a committment and surrender of your will. You do not have time to allow the enemy to derail you in anyway through false imaginations and disillusions of doubt, worry, fear, stigma, people's hearsays about your past etc. You can't even get hung up on worrying about your HIV status, otherwise it too will become a crutch and hindrance which will limit your faith and growth in Christ Jesus.

Jesus is the one who gives us the greatest gift of all and that is eternal life. Our life is hid in Jesus and not in things of this world. The things of this world are temporal and that includes the flesh. What Jesus offers to us will last forever and that is a new life. You have the opportunity to become a New Creation. Every Old thing(s) such as your past, your sickness, your diseases, your fears, have all been forgiven and cast into the sea of forgetfullness never to be remembered again. Even if someone wants to bring up your past, it has no power over you because you are a New Creation in Christ Jesus. You have to believe within your heart that Jesus is God's Son and that every sin that you have or will ever commit has already been nailed to the cross. Jesus is our life and He is the one who exchanges His righteousness for our filthy rags and through repentence He lovingly washes us and makes us clean through His shed Blood.

You have to let go of every malignity physical, negative emotion concerning how you feel about HIV or what someone says to you about HIV.  It will erode your body, mind, faith, and belief in Jesus.  You still have a reason to praise God and give him the glory because everyday is a new gift of mercies God lovingly grants to us.  You must renew you mind daily and think with the mind of Christ and know that you were especially chosen to bear the weight of that infirmity as a good soldier. We are also to count ourself worthy to "suffer" for the glory of God through our trials, sickness, circumstances because you are equipped. Your weakness is made perfect in God's strenghth. Don't rely on you strenght, rely on the Giver of strength.    1st Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. John 3:12 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul propereth.

Every sickness or disease that comes into our body is temporary and has an expiration date not based on what we say, but what God says and is complete in His timing. When we are overly concerned and wrapped up in that sickness or disease it becomes an idol and replaces our trust and faith in God. What happens then is that we are constantly pre-occupied with the disease and it causes us to walk in disbelief of what God has promised us. God also becomes second fiddle and God will not stand for to be second to anything or anybody. Instead of focusing on the disease, praise God for everyday of your life. Embrace your life, but even with that be careful that you don't even make an idol out of "life" and try to just live in the now. Understand and know that our true life is hid in Jesus Christ. You cannot get caught up in you thinking and in your mind, because that is one of the easiest areas for the enemy to come in and to taunt you about your past or create images that do not even exist.

The intimacy that Jesus has with each one of us is personal and their is nothing that goes on in bodies that He does not already know about it because He is God. God knew what you were going to experience way before you came into the earth realm. He has been preparing you all along. You say you can't.....God's Word says...."that I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me. You just have to believe it for yourself.

Even when Jesus was going abroad preaching and teaching the gospel, He encountered multitudes of people who were strictened by their affliction and became spiritually paralyzed to the point that they just "lay" and wallowed in their infirmity.  This infirmity became his excuse and crutch for not moving in faith to step into the water.  His excuses became his comfort zone of woe is me syndrome. The impotent man's vision was limited to only what he could see in front of him. It was also an opportunity for the multitude to recive witness of a supernatural miracle within this man's life.

Repentance for your sins and belief that Jesus Christ died and rose for the remission of our sins and that He is the Son of God, is the first step towards recieving Jesus Christ as your personal Savior.  Once you have accepted Jesus you will recieve the gift of eternal life and salvation for your soul. Jesus comes in and takes up residence in your heart and you become a New Creation....no longer the same......old things have passed away, behold all things have become new. Jesus is now your personal Lord and Savior.  Rejoice Rejoice Rejoice Rejoice......because you are an overcomer through Jesus Christ. Everyone handles living with HIV differently. You are priceless! You are special! You are loved by our Father in heaven and Jesus Loves you and there is nothing that you can do to change that!!! Everyone experiences it differently. It is only HIV it is not the end of the world. Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith! Believe God when He says that their is no one who can pluck you out of His hand! When He says that by His stripes we are healed, that is the TRUTH

You are the one that God will use to help someone to come to faith in Christ Jesus and to be reconciled back into fellowship.What you see as a burden or a death sentence....is actually a tool of God to lead others to Christ.  Jesus suffered more than any person.  Jesus willingly gave His life for all of us so that we can have eternal life.  There will be times when you will be the very person God uses to show to others that HIV is nothing to fear.  All power belongs to God and there is nothing to hard for God.  No one can dispute who you are in Christ Jesus.  No sickness or disease can ever dictate nor state the purpose and will of God's plan over your life. 

The impotent man looked at the water in the pool as being just water, but did not know that he was in the midst of The Healer Jesus himself. That is why it is important that you must be of a sober mind at all times in the spirit and in the natural. The enemy will attempt to cast you into a drunken mentally of negativity and self pity. 

Jesus gave the impotent man a command in John 5:8 Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. And because the impotent man followed the instructions his heart was open and willing to recieve his true healing completely restored.

Jeremiah 32:27 Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?
Thank you to everyone who reads these blogs.  Please continue to pray for this ministry that God's plan and purpose will be fulfilled in the hearts and lives of those living with HIV.......

Elaine Cunningham

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