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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, April 2, 2019
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
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After 38 years, this man’s problem had become a way of life. No one had ever helped him. He had no hope of ever being healed and no desire to help himself. The man’s situation looked hopeless. But no matter how trapped you feel in your infirmities, God can minister to your deepest needs. Don’t let a problem or hardship cause you to lose hope. God may have special work for you to do in spite of your condition, or even because of it. Many have ministered effectively to hurting people because they have triumphed over their own hurts. (NLT)
John 5:1-9 – Afterward Jesus returned to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish holy days. Inside the city, near the Sheep Gate, was the pool of Bethesda, with five covered porches. Crowds of sick people—blind, lame, or paralyzed—lay on the porches. One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him and knew how long he had been ill, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?”
“I can’t sir,” the sick man said, “for I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred up. While I am trying to get there, someone else always gets in ahead of me.”
Jesus told him, “Stand up, pick up your sleeping mat, and walk!”
Instantly, the man was healed! He rolled up the mat and began walking! But this miracle happened on the Sabbath day.
Quoted verse: Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked. –John 5:8-9 (NIV)
“Story” – Jennifer Haught (Indiana, USA) titled her story “RESPONSE REQUIRED;” here is a portion of Jennifer’s story:
“When I was baptized at age 38, I thought I would change immediately for the better as a result of my choice to become a Christian: I would always be patient with my kids. I would happily be generous with my time and material goods. I would show kindness to everyone at all times.
“But time passed, and I felt like the same person I had always been. I realized that change was not going to occur without effort on my part. My encounter with Jesus required a response from me. Yes, I was given a new life at baptism, but I was going to have to live it out. If I expected to develop the virtues of patience, generosity, and kindness, I was going to have to practice them – even when I didn’t feel like it.
“The man at the pool of Bethesda had been ill for 38 years before meeting Jesus. . . . But along with the healing, Jesus commanded him to get up, pick up his mat, and walk. Rather than continuing to lie by the pool, the man embraced the new life he had been given . . . Jesus asks us to do the same, trusting that he is with us every step of the way.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Jesus offers me new life, and then I must live it.
Prayer: Giver of life, grant us the courage to embrace the new life you offer and live according to your calling. Amen.
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