Wonderful Counselor Series
Matt Shires, Speaker
Focus: There is always hope to be made whole through Jesus.
"The life to which we are accustomed holds us more than the life we long for. "
38 years equals 13,870 days!
I. The situation is never HOPELESS
II. He requires our PARTICIPATION
III. God gives us what we need to change our OUR DESIRES
IV. God gives us what we need to change our OUR ACTIONS
WE GET STUCK. JESUS CHANGES THAT. HOPE LOVE MERCY RESTORATION HEALING
God wants his people to be healed and restored - SET FREE!
Jesus can change you when you encounter him.
““The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free,”
Luke 4:18 NIV
“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. The day on which this took place was a Sabbath, and so the Jewish leaders said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat.” But he replied, “The man who made me well said to me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’ ” So they asked him, “Who is this fellow who told you to pick it up and walk?” The man who was healed had no idea who it was, for Jesus had slipped away into the crowd that was there. Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.” The man went away and told the Jewish leaders that it was Jesus who had made him well. So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jewish leaders began to persecute him. In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.””
John 5:1-3, 5-17 NIV
“For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.”
John 5:4 KJV
“for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.”
Philippians 2:13 NIV