We all have battles to fight. We all face times of both great and small needs in our life. The things we face may range from sickness to financial need, from hurts by people to struggles with personal weaknesses. No matter what we face, thank God we have One who is greater than our need on our side. 1 John 4:4 (NKJV), says, “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” Again Romans 8:31 (NKJV) says, “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”
God is on our side and He is always ready to help us face our needs and get to the place of victory. In James 1:22 (NKJV) the apostle James tells us, “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” I believe James is telling us that we have a part to play in overcoming our adversities. We have a responsibility to take our stand on the Word of God. To get the victory we cannot just sit idly by and expect God to do it all. Almost every victory we will experience in this life will come through our cooperating with God in faith standing on His Word.
In John 5:1-9, we have the Lord Jesus teaching and demonstrating to us the number one way to face your need and get the victory. John 5:1-9 (NKJV), “After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. 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. Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. 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?” 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.” Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. And that day was the Sabbath.”
In this teaching, the stirring of the water represents the sovereign move of God through His gifts and special anointings in healing people. Thank God for these special times when the Holy Ghost moves and miracles manifest. We celebrate these times and we should be crying out to God for these great times of His manifestations. The trouble is we have no control over when these things will occur; and we aren’t making light of the supernatural moves of God. 1 Corinthians 12:11 says these things happen, “as He wills.” When Jesus asked the man if he wanted to be healed, his response was directed at what someone else could do. His focus was on either God healing him through His sovereignty or through the help of somebody else. The Lord Jesus corrected his thinking by putting his focus on what he could do. The Lord was basically saying, you take responsibility for your life. You do something about your situation.
I can’t always guarantee that you will have one hundred percent success if you take your stand on faith but I can almost guarantee your failure if you don’t. Thank God for those times when God moves supernaturally to do miracles and meet needs, but if you’re in a life or death situation, can you afford to sit around and hope that something will just happen for you?
I believe the Lord Jesus is teaching us in this story that God is pleased and will respond to our act of faith. While in our desperate situation, we must receive the Word of the Lord and make the effort of faith to live and move out of that place of desperation. We must choose to live and not die. We must say, “sink or swim, go under or go over, I will not stay like I am.” Then we must step out on God’s Word and begin our walk of faith toward our victory. When we take responsibility and begin to move toward what God said we could have, we put ourselves in position to receive our miracle.