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Stir Up The Waters

Updated: Feb 3, 2022

Stirring Up The Waters

I have been watching the series The Chosen (I highly recommend it) on youtube.

It showed the man who was paralyzed for 38 years, who had been waiting by the pool of Bethesda. (in Aramaic this means: House of Loving Kindness.) He had been waiting and waiting for his chance to get into the pool, when an angel would come and stir the waters. But when this happened he could not crawl fast enough, to get into the pool to be healed. Others would pass him by and he had no one to help him. He had waited there a long time and was discouraged, rejected, self pity, victimized, etc.

The healing could only happen when the angel who stirred the waters.

Jesus and His disciples went to the pool where those who wanted to be healed. But the ones waiting for healing's only knew of a one way to be healed. Of course the Pharisees seemed to always be watching Jesus and what He was doing.

They did not approve of Him or His miracles.

This is the scriptures:

John 5

5 After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, [a]Bethesda, having five porches. 3 In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, [b]paralyzed, [c]waiting for the moving of the water. 4 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. 5 Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. 6 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?”

7 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.”

8 Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” 9 And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked.

And that day was the Sabbath. 10 The Jews therefore said to him who was cured, “It is the Sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your bed.”

11 He answered them, “He who made me well said to me, ‘Take up your bed and walk.’ ”

12 Then they asked him, “Who is the Man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’?” 13 But the one who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, a multitude being in that place. 14 Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, “See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.”

15 The man departed and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.

Isn't just like the religious spirit in people to not see what Jesus had done for the man, but only that the man was carrying his mat. I was thinking when Jesus told him to walk away from his sin so nothing worse will happen to you. TPT What was that sin? I believe it could have been self pity, rejection, worthlessness, being a victim. These are all sins or bondages that can cause our bodies to not work properly. When these spirits of sin/bondages get attached to us, we can not move in our purpose.

Sometimes we have to take action against the enemy (pick up your mat and walk) to take a step forward.

Are you in bondage? Then now is the time to pick up your mat and take a step. Move with everything that is in you.

In the series when Jesus disciples were talking to him later about the healing, and why he did this on the Sabbath, he said 'sometimes you have to stir the waters'. Healing came in a different way then what the paralytic had ever known, he didn't know who Jesus was when he was healed, but yet there must have been an authority in Jesus words to make him listen, or compassion in his words saying, you can pick up you mat and move in a mighty way. Show others how to move in a different way.

I believe Jesus is saying to us now move forward in a mighty way!!

Stir the waters and move forward.

Deb Miller Robinson – Eagle Warrior


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