There is a man in the New Testament that has an encounter with Jesus the Messiah. He was sitting by the pool of Betheseda. This becomes such an interactive story because as you read you can imagine youself in that place too. You visualize this man by the pool…right by the Messiah and he is bitter, frustrated, angry, resentful, hurt, torn and challenged in every way. He was restricted, yet by what? His own victimized mentality that says, “I have no one to help me…”
No one is there to put me in.
No one is by my side.
No one understands my pain.
No one is there when I need it the most.
No one is going to be able to help me.
Destiny, purpose, victory, wholeness and freedom are yours. They are all attainable, but a choice that you are going to have to make.
We cannot keep playing the blame game. We really have to take ownership, accountability and responsiblity over our situation.
Reality is—not everyone can help you. Your go-to-Man is God! That is first and foremost. Everything else follows next as it comes in alignment with His plan. We can be led to godly help too! We have to be aware of our situation, especially for some deep-seated issues. This is where professional counseling may be necessary. We can even improve self study or common groups where people have similar cases. Examples of church fellowships, alcoholics anonymous groups, singles or couples therapy… even Weight Watcher meetings are all available to us. There are a variety of groups for self-improvement that we can participate in.
It is so easy for us to fall prey to that victimized mentality when we don’t know His voice. We keep believing the horrible, aggressive and ugly lies of the devil. We begin to accept those lies that are thrown at us. We fall prey time and time again because we don’t pray this through.
“Get up!” Jesus tells this man. The same way-He is telling us…get up! Get over it. Let it go. Move on. Keep walking. Keep fighting. Live your life because I am standing right beside you.
Do you perceive it?
I AM THERE!
The Healing at the Pool
Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?” “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.” Then 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 5:1-9 (New International Version)
38 years later—wow! How long will you keep “thinking” this way? Because these were only his thoughts, “I have no one to help me in!” We don’t know if he even asked anyone. We don’t know if he isolated himself. We don’t know if he was unapproachable. We don’t know all the details of what actually kept this man away from diving into a pool that was right in front of him.
Your “pool” is right in front of you. Jump right in. In other words, Jesus is always asking, “Don’t you want to be made well?”
Don’t you want peace—freedom—wholeness—deliverance—abundance—joy—and a life of newness? You see–you can have your healing now–once you GET UP and LET GO! Just like this invalid. The person sick,. pained or weak doesn’t have to remain that way. Especially when Jesus is right beside them.
When you have no one to help you in…
Allow the Spirit of God within you to take you in! ❤