Get Up & Walk
Scripture Passage - Matthew 9: 1-8
"Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town. Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, "Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven." At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, "This fellow is blaspheming!" Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, "Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts? Which is easier: to say, 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say 'Get up and walk'? But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins." So he said to the paralyzed man, "Get up, take your mat and go home." Then the man got up and went home. When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God, who had given such authority to man."
Sometimes circumstances in our life leave us feeling troubled, perhaps even crippled. Perhaps we are failing at something at school, or a relationship with a friend is on the rocks. Sometimes our heart aches for something we cannot have right now, and we don't understand why. Sometimes the Lord takes something from us. Sometimes, our hearts just hurt. This scripture passage shows us a few things to remember when we find ourselves in a difficult place.
1) It is important to have the support of people of faith. In this passage, the cripple is brought to Jesus by his friends. It is their incredible faith that leads them to carry their friend to Jesus, they trust in his mercy and in his healing power. In times of distress of challenge- cling closely to those people of faith in your life. Maybe this is a close friend, maybe it's a sister or a youth group leader. Whoever it is- trust them, because they will help point you to Jesus.
2) The Lord is always ready to give us healing- of our hearts, minds, bodies and souls. Here, Matthew points out how Jesus saw the importance of healing this man spiritually and physically. He freed this man from the guilt and shame of his sin and restored him to full health. We serve a God who loves to heal and restore! Ask yourself- is there an area of your life- spiritual or physical- that the Lord may want to heal? Is there an area of your life you are reluctant to bring before the Lord, perhaps because you doubt his ability to heal and to love and to give? Here we see exactly what the Lord would say to you- GET UP AND WALK!
Sisters- we should not let anything come between us and the Lord. Let's reflect on his love and mercy today, and bring forward to him any areas that need healing. Our God is loving and compassionate- let us not forget that. Today- let us GET UP AND WALK!
"Father, I trust in your mercy and forgiveness. Today I bring to your these areas of my life which are not as healthy as they could be. I need your healing power to touch every area of my life, please forgive me for ways in which I have sinned against you. Help me to get up and walk. I love you Lord, and I believe in your saving power."
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