Jesus is our best friend ever because, what a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear, what a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer. Oh what Peace we often forfeit, oh what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry, everything to God in prayer. Have we trials and temptations, is there trouble anywhere, we should never be discouraged, take it to the Lord in prayer. Can we find a friend so faithful, who will all our sorrows share, Jesus knows our every weakness, take it to the Lord in prayer. A friend in need is a true friend indeed as a man we are discussing today had genuine, reliable, loyal friends who proved their true colours when he became too ill to take care of himself anymore. He could not walk, feed, bath or dress himself so desperately needed 24 hour care in addition to losing income so others had to look after him. Not only did they use their time and resources, they had to maintain his home and ensure it was in pristine condition. What a blessed man he was for having Jesus and such divine helpers to support him in dealing with pain.
The friends prayed to God for his healing but he seemed to get worse. Eventually they heard Jesus was in town and healing people as usual. Quickly, they carried their friend to the house where Jesus was ministering to the people. To their surprise, the place was too crowded to get in so they decided to climb on top of the roof to remove the ceiling by lowering their friend down into the centre of the presence of Jesus for their friend to be healed. Though their actions today may seem extremely bizarre, they were prepared to sacrifice and cover the cost incurred for damaging and repairing the roof. They were willing to go beyond the extra mile to save their friend who was humble enough to receive help. In addition, Jesus forgives sins and saves souls. Today we pray and agree in Jesus Name God will connect you to such genuine friends to help you so you will also be a true friend used to the Glory of God to save others.
On the other hand, there was a disabled man who desperately needed help when brought to the pool of Bethesda daily for 38 years for his miracle healing. When Jesus Supernaturally stepped in and asked if he wants to be healed, he complained to Jesus that he could not get helpers to stay long enough for the angel to stir the water. Perhaps his friends were too busy doing 3 or more jobs to provide for him so could not afford to stay with him. After waiting for so long, one would think he could change tactics to crawl and drag himself into the pool or get help. He had become so used to his problem that when Jesus came to help he made excuses instead of accepting Jesus’ Help he justified his misery. Jesus overruled him so commanded him to rise into the pool and he was healed. Often some people become so comfortable they prefer to wallow in misery because they are afraid of change. Others wrongly believe God wants pain to remain to suffer to be closer to God because they believe God wants them sick.Another, story of Jesus’ miracle healing is the beggar surrounded by so many people daily yet not so blessed with such genuine friends like the 4 great genuine ones above. Despite the beggar not having such friends, it did not mean his situation was hopeless. This blind beggar heard Jesus was passing by so took matters into his own hands by deciding to take initiative to help himself by calling on Jesus to heal him. Yet the people around him were not so happy because they claimed he disturbed the public peace by shouting too loudly in an uncivilised manner. Yet he persisted and shouted even more: -JESUS JESUS JESUS JESUS JESUS JESUS JESUS when the people tried to shut him up, until he caught the attention of Jesus. Jesus had compassion on him despite being sabotaged by others when the gates of hell tried to deter him and his eyes were opened. He cast away the garments of shame and poverty so changed his destiny to enjoy the abundant life God provided. Though people preferred him to remain a beggar so they could proudly compare their privileged status with him, he persisted and got his miracle.
People did not want him to become blessed as they were. So you have to persist to fight even some people around you to receive your miracles in Jesus Name. With God on your side you will make it in Jesus Name to the Glory of God who sent Jesus, and other deliverance ministers like Peter, who healed the cripple by the beautiful gate near the temple. So God will help you in Jesus Name for it is God’s will for you be in good health as your soul prospers. Call on Jesus yourself in Jesus Name and shout louder when others try to stop you to get your miracles. Remember, God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are still the Same, Actively Working Miracles like yesterday, today and forever. Amen. Glory to God. Hallelujah!!!!!!! The woman with the issue of blood helped herself by pressing through the crowd to touch Jesus’ garment by faith. She confidently believed in God’s healing power so acted on her faith and was blessed. Jesus was so impressed with her faith after virtue went out of him into her body to heal her so she confessed her actions and told the whole truth so Jesus made her whole.
An army captain stood in the gap so asked Jesus to heal his son at home because there is no distance in prayer. The healing took place because the captain interceded on his behalf. A servant girl recommended her master army general Naaman to travel to seek healing from God through a prophet, he reluctantly proudly followed direction to bath 7 times in river Jordan and was healed. He felt as an important dignitary, the prophet should have come down to touch or anoint him but God uses different methods to heal as He chooses to do so. Jesus healed Syro-Phoenician woman who took initiative to ask for help from Jesus on behalf of daughter at home. Though not yet time for gentiles, Jesus called her a dog but she did not take offence. She reminded Jesus crumbs from under table was good enough for dogs, so by faith received daughter’s miracle. Support is not quickie miracle on a silver platter. The Grace of God strengthens to be delivered to overcome whatsoever, whosoever, anything against God’s miracle in Jesus Name. So do not disrupt miracle going off course like Jonah on wrong ship. Or let others like 6 virgins without oil tempt to compromise to lose your miracle be prepared to receive miracle for destiny. Persist with genuine friends in Jesus Name to overcome to receive miracles too.
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