To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under the heaven. Some observe time and season but are yet to discover or acknowledge the creator of all seasons and times. God controls time and season but was never controlled by season or restricted by time. Ecc 3: 1-4
This man is aware of season, has literal understanding of times and has expectation to recover from his infirmity on time and in time, but many seasons has come and gone, he had seen many opportunities for recovery but he had never seen a manifestation of answers to his questions or solutions to his problems, therefore his problem persisted for yet many more years. John 5:1-9
However, he located the city of refuge and peace but was internally worried, anxious and full of unrest and was troubled in his soul for the problem and issue that he was unable to correctly diagnose or give a name to and had refused to go away. He kept company with multitude of folks with known issue and ailment i.e. the blind, disadvantage men with physical disability and paralysis even though he was physically fit, intelligent and was mentally alert having the right information but lacking the revelation of the way of truth nor understands the way of mercy. He sat at the pool of mercy but never obtained mercy for none had ever shown him mercy or extended help to him in his state of stagnation and lack of progression. Joh 5:1-9
Like others, he was in desperate need for help and continued to sit at the gate of grace waiting for the only form of healing that he knows, with a mindset that if he can just but get in to the pool of mercy when the water is stirred by the angel, he would be healed. Unfortunately, he never experienced favour with man so remained grounded on his bed of affliction, pain, problem and trauma with reasons yet unknown to him.
He was ignorant of the reason behind his trouble and therefore misinterpreted his lack of recovery and blamed his prolonged issue on none availability of help from man to dive into the pool of mercy when it is stirred up by the Angel. Little did he know that Peace, Mercy and Grace is an outflow of the nature and character of God and is not locked up to a traditional place, natural or physical form of the stirring of the water, or manmade devices of diving into the water? It is divinely given by God and it is available to every man whose spiritual and physical cure and total recovery has been secured through the word of God in Christ Jesus.
Jesus, the word of God manifested to make him whole, but he was unable to rightly discern the solution to his infirmity for he lacked awareness of his spiritual state of sin neither did he understand the true knowledge of God in Christ for it can only be spiritually discerned. Grace and mercy were available to him, but he was still deficient of the same until he embraced the word of Jesus that produces life, quickens and brings recovery to his lifeless, hopeless, helpless, condition of his infirmity that was created by the sinful nature.
Receiving the word of life “Get Up and pick your bed and walk, immediately the man became well and picked up his bed and began to walk”, he experienced a divine possibility and turnaround that made him an amazement to his world. He received his healing and moved from lying by the pool of mercy and the gate of grace to join the multitude in the temple even though he was yet to know the healer.
Joining worshipers in the temple, he was located by Jesus who through the spoken word of God unraveled the mystery of his formal spiritual state to him and warned him from sinning again and therefore delivered him from his vulnerability to the operation of the carnal nature that could result in stagnation and destruction again to embrace the life of the spirit in Christ Jesus. For if any man is in Christ is a new creature, old things have passed away behold all things have become new. John 1:1, Joh 5:1-9, Joh 5:13-14, 2Cor 5:17
Beloved, it is time to ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you and I our spiritual state; so that rather than just being part of the multitude in church, every believer must engage and embrace the life of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus, having our mind renewed by the word of God; for a carnal mind is enmity against God and cannot receive anything from God even though all that is needed for life and Godliness have been provided for every believer in Christ Jesus.
It is paramount that you and I locate our spiritual heritage through the word of God and walk in the light of God’s word and not fulfil the desires of the flesh such that grace and mercy of God can recover for us the missed seasons, lost opportunities, wasted times, lack of achievement and progress in life for a turnaround of all our impossibilities to untold possibilities of a life time. For whatsoever the Lord does abides forever. James 4:4-5
- What is the source of quarrels and conflicts among you? Is not the source your pleasures that wage war in your members? You lust and do not have; so, you commit murder. You are envious and cannot obtain; so you fight and quarrel. You do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures. You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore, whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you think that the Scripture speaks to no purpose: “He jealously desires the Spirit which He has made to dwell in us”? [Jam 4:1-5 NIV]
- How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to your word. With all my heart I have sought You; Do not let me wander from Your commandments [Psa 119:9-10]
- The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the LORD are true; they are righteous altogether. They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them your servant is warned; In keeping them there is great reward. Who can discern his errors? Acquit me of hidden faults. Also keep back your servant from presumptuous sins; Let them not rule over me; then I will be blameless, and I shall be acquitted of great transgression. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer. [Psa 19:9-14 NIV]
- Seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. [2 Pet 1:3-4 NIV]