By R.W. Schambach
From: Daryl

Read with me, starting at John chapter 5, verse 1:

After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches.

In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. 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.

And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?

The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.

And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the Sabbath. The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the Sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed.

He answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy bed, and walk. Then asked they him, What man is that which said unto thee, Take up thy bed, and walk?

And he that was healed wist not who it was: for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in that place. Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.

The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus which had made him whole. And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the Sabbath day. (John 5:1-16)

This is the story of a man who was sick and diseased for thirty-eight long years, waiting for the troubling of the waters at the Pool of Bethesda. Bethesda in the Hebrew means "the house of mercy." People brought the sick, the diseased, the blind, the maimed, and the dumb to this special place for just one purpose ... the troubling of the waters.

When the angel stirred the water, the race was on! The person who moved the fastest and reached the water the quickest would be made whole. And this poor man ...

"I have no one to help me," he told Jesus. "There is always somebody pushing right by me to get to the water first!" The heart of Jesus went out to this man. So Jesus commanded the man to "rise, take up your bed and walk." Immediately (I love that word, "immediately!") the man was made whole and walked!!!

Of course, a little while later the Pharisees and religious leaders were trying to ruin the evening and make the man feel guilty for carrying his bed on the Sabbath day. Jesus did something good, but the religious people don't like what Jesus is doing. The same is true today ...

The minute some preacher comes to town preaching the Gospel, healing the sick and casting out devils ... the religious people will be right there to tell you their opinion why they don't like what’s going on! Of course, you don't see people getting healed in the meetings of the Pharisees and religious people so what makes them think they know what they are doing?

There are ways to help your healing miracle to come into your life ... but you have to do away with the negatives that can keep your healing miracle away. The first negative can be found in the very first verse of the chapter. Healings and miracles do not take place in the feasts and functions and festivities of the modern church. You can have all the programs you like, but healings and miracles do not take place in the atmosphere of "feasting" and traditions.

You won't find a miracle in a cold, dead service either. Miracles take place in an atmosphere of life and power! A place where people are shouting and rejoicing in the Lord and where the Word of God is being preached.

A faith-charged atmosphere is a key to receiving your miracle!

Number two, your miracle won't come because of your geographic location. You don't have to go to Jerusalem or take an airplane ride to Rome to get healed ...

You can be healed right where you are!

You can be healed in an alley or riding in a taxi cab. Hundreds of times I've seen people leave our tent and receive their healing on the way home. This can happen because Jesus said, "I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." (Hebrews 13:5) He is with you wherever you go! He is by your side right now, waiting to show Himself true on your behalf!

At the pool of Bethesda, an angel would come down from heaven and trouble the waters, but I've come to tell you, Jesus troubled the waters for you 2000 years ago at Calvary! You don't need an angel! You have Jesus with you right here, right now, waiting to work a miracle of God in your life. Hallelujah!

The next thing I want you to see is that healing and miracles don't come through man-made ceremonies, rituals, and ordinances. Healing comes through the faith of God when it comes alive in your spirit when you know that you know that you know that God is going to perform a miracle in your life.

That is why I thank God for a church that is beginning to rise up and function in the supernatural and the miraculous today. For years, so many churches have operated like mausoleums. The preachers have had to coax the people to say "Praise the Lord!" and "Amen." But when we go to church, we ought to be coming in the doors shouting and praising God. We need to be saying, "I didn't come in here to get filled up ... I'm already filled up, and now I'm ready to splash it onto somebody else!"

Do you want to be someone who puts the devil on the run? Go ahead ... shout a little bit! Begin praising the Lord where you are! Don't pray for strength ... let His joy rise up in your heart as you praise Him. The joy of the Lord is your strength! Rejoice!

We need a revival in the church of America today. We need to get back to doing what God has called us to do: preach the Gospel, heal the sick, raise the dead, speak in tongues, work the mighty deeds of Jesus ... Jesus already troubled the waters. Miracles are always in season! It doesn't matter what day of the week it is ... whether it is "Sabbath" or not. You don't have to wait for some special day to come to receive your healing not Christmas, New Years, Easter, or camp meeting. You don't even have to wait until Sunday to "get spiritual" to receive your healing!

Every day is "Sunday" for the child of God!

God will perform a miracle Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday - any day or night when He sees faith, He will move in a supernatural way! Some people are still waiting for an angel to stir up the waters for them. If you ask them if they have been healed yet, they say, "I'm just waiting on the Lord." The truth is: He is waiting on you.

God is not going to do anything more than He has already done at Calvary. He already paid the price for your healing ... now it is just up to you to receive it and appropriate it into your life! He is waiting for some participation on your part. He wants you to obedient to His Word.

Your healing doesn't come at only a certain season, or whether you are the first one to reach the water nothing disqualifies you. Everybody can get healed. But you do need to put your faith into action when God asks. Your healing won't come through the agency of a man or multiple programs of a church. It will only come through God.

The truth is: you healing will come when ...

  1. You recognize Christ as your number one source for your miracle.
  2. You shed self-pity and have the will to be made whole.
  3. You act upon His Word.

Jesus commanded the man to do something: "Rise! Take up your bed and walk!" Now the man is at a major point of decision. He can either obey in faith and receive his miracle or disobey through fear or disbelief and miss a major opportunity. That is why I want to encourage you to do what the Lord is asking of you today. Be obedient to His Spirit. When the man of God asks you to do something, do it ... and your miracle touch will not be far away!

A Closing Testimony ...

When I was in Bible College, I heard a story from Ralph Briggs who was the General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God. He said that when he was a young man, he and his buddies were singing in Glad Tidings Tabernacle in New York City. They were singing a duet, and when they got to the chorus, their duet suddenly turned into a trio.

Ralph said he and the guys began looking around to see who else was singing with them ... it was the voice of a high, heavenly tenor ... but they saw no one. They started the second verse of the song, and it became a duet once more. Then, all of a sudden, as they returned to the chorus ... the duet became a trio again!

The only answer to this supernatural phenomenon: Jesus knows how to sing ... and He wanted to let everybody know that He was in the house! That's what I want you to know ...

At the pool of Bethesda, and angel would come down from heaven and trouble the waters, but I've come to tell you Jesus troubled the waters for you 2000 years ago at Calvary! You don't need an angel! You have Jesus with you right here, right now, waiting to work a miracle of God in your life. He's in your house!

Amen, don't wait. Call on Jesus now ... 2jesus

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