Tuesday, March 23, 2010

game changers

And again He entered Capernaum after some days, and it was heard that He was in the house. Many gathered together, so that there was no longer room to receive them, not even near the door. And He preached the word to them. Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying.

When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.”  Mark 2:1-5

Last Friday in Uth Nation we studied this passage in a teaching titled Game Changers. This story has strengthened my faith. It wasn't compassion for this crippled man that moved Jesus, but rather it was the faith of the paralytic man's friends. I don't know about you, but as for me, I would love for the lives around me to be transformed by God for God and my faith being the crutch used to get that life saved.
 
We really don't know if these four men were even friends of the paralytic man, but one this is for sure, these men did whatever they could to get him to Jesus. These men knew and believed that Jesus could do something for this man. How many family members, friends, coworkers, acquaintances, strangers, friends or family members of friends that we know are in need of Jesus? What are we doing to get them to Him?
 
May our prayers be prayers of mountain moving faith, especially when praying for someone's soul. There is no one that can escape the hope of God. I'm sure that many in Capernaum saw this lame man and thought that nothing could be done for him, that he was hopeless, yet four men chose to believe that there was still hope for him, and look, His sins were forgiven. May we see people as Jesus sees them. May we never pass the opportunity of carrying someone to Jesus, who can forgive their sins and give them abundant life. We can be the game changer to someone, whether through prayer or in leading them to Jesus.

"...above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one." Ephesians 6:16

God Bless YOU!

4 comments:

Stoph said...
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Stoph said...

This was sweet confirmation. Thank You Jesus... :-)

It is a daily reminder that we should never lose faith and think that those who we pray for are hopeless....In Your time Lord...

AmberDenae said...

You are such a beautiful person. I am so happy that I came across your blog as I see it as a source of inspiration as well as a challenge in my walk with God. What a shining example of Christ's love this blog represents. Thank you so much for writing your heart and the things God is teaching you and showing you. This spoke volumes to me. Thank you, thank you, thank you! God bless you, my sister! You are beautiful!!!

Chris said...

Very cool. My favorite part is the hope of the friends when others had given up hope

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