I was listening to Bishop T.D. Jakes yesterday morning and I just wanted to share some ideas he was teaching about as it relates to a paralytic who had an encounter with Jesus in Mark 2. You need to be around people who will help you move forward when you feel paralyzed by certain life issues. Four men helped a paralyzed man get to Jesus. They got stuck in the crowd, so they found a way to get him in through a roof (Mark 2:1-4). Jesus told the paralyzed man, "Your sins are forgiven" and "take up your bed and walk," and the paralytic took his mat and walked out (Mark 2:5-12).
A few things stick out to me as I look at that story of the paralytic in the Book of Mark. (1) You need to be around people who will get you to Jesus, in spite of the crowds, in spite of the obstacles they face. You need to have supporters who see an obstacle in front of you all and instead of backing away, they say, "Hmmm," thinking of a strategy.
(2) It's one thing to say "My sins have been forgiven and I have a relationship with Jesus." But it's another thing to SHOW your faith in Jesus. The paralytic did not just lay there saying, "Oh woe is me, I'm paralyzed," after Jesus told him to get up and walk. No, the man actually took Jesus at His word and got up! Your relationship with Jesus should change your relationship with your "bed," which is a metaphor for your negative condition. The closer you get to Jesus, the further away you should be from sinful habits and things that leave you feeling paralyzed. The devil wants you to be stuck. The devil is a lie! If you've got Christ, you've got too much life in you and too much purpose in you for you to be wasting time being stuck and not being productive and therefore not being a blessing to people.
(3) Get around people who will help you and challenge you to grow, not keep you feeling sorry for yourself, or keep you comfortable with being ignorant about what you can have out of life, or keep you feeling like crazy is normal. There's no point in hanging around ignorant people if you're ignorant. There's no point in hanging around crazy people if you're crazy. You can do bad all by yourself. ... What you need is a group of friends who will challenge you to move to the next level in life. Even if you are "stuck" somewhere/somehow, you might need supporters who will dare to manufacture your movement.
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I just want to encourage and inspire as many people as I can for Jesus Christ.