“Then Jesus said, “Stand up! Pick up your mat and walk.””
John 5:8 ERV
Jesus did not heal anyone who was unwilling to participate. He told this man to pick up hit mat and walk. This man had been paralyzed for 38 years and every day he would go to this healing pool and try to to get in, people would go around him and enter i to the pool. The man believed that of got in the pool he would be healed but no one was willing to help him. When Jesus saw him he asked him if he wanted to be healed, he said YES! Jesus told him to pick up his mat and walk. Now use your imagination and answer this, would you have trusted Jesus enough to try and stand knowing your situation?
“A large crowd gathered to hear him speak. The house was so full that there was no place to stand, not even outside the door. While Jesus was teaching, some people brought a paralyzed man to see him. He was being carried by four of them. But they could not get the man inside to Jesus because the house was so full of people. So they went to the roof above Jesus and made a hole in it. Then they lowered the mat with the paralyzed man on it. When Jesus saw how much faith they had, he said to the paralyzed man, “Young man, your sins are forgiven.””
Mark 2:2-5 ERV
Here was a woman who had lost everything, she had spent every dollar she had trying to be healed from a bleeding disease. She was at her wits end when she heard Jesus was coming, she put everything in her belief that if she could only touch a piece of his garment that she would be healed.. now that is belief and I claim that same belief for myself.
“There among the people was a woman who had been bleeding for the past twelve years. She had suffered very much. Many doctors had tried to help her, and all the money she had was spent, but she was not improving. In fact, her sickness was getting worse. The woman heard about Jesus, so she followed him with the other people and touched his coat. She thought, “If I can just touch his clothes, that will be enough to heal me.” As soon as she touched his coat, her bleeding stopped. She felt that her body was healed from all the suffering. Jesus immediately felt power go out from him, so he stopped and turned around. “Who touched my clothes?” he asked. The followers said to Jesus, “There are so many people pushing against you. But you ask, ‘Who touched me?’”
The woman knew that she was healed, so she came and bowed at Jesus’ feet. She was shaking with fear. She told Jesus the whole story. He said to her, “Dear woman, you are made well because you believed. Go in peace. You will not suffer anymore.””
Mark 5:25-31, 33-34 ERV
This is two people who’s willingness to do something changed their life and I know God is asking me and you the same thing; Are you ready to be changed? What are you willing to be believe God for?