I am basically uncoordinated, but that doesn't mean I can't do anything physical. I can walk, and that is how I get my exercise.

It is not all that challenging to put one foot in front of the other and do it as fast as you can. It's a relatively safe way for me to get exercise. No helmet or pads are required, just a few safety rules. Rule one is to walk on the left side of the road. It is not a good idea to have cars come up behind you where you can't see them, especially if you are on hills or curves where they might not see you. You might end up as a creative new hood ornament. Once, as I was walking on a winding mountain road, cars would suddenly appear around the curve, but I was facing them so I was able to see them before they saw me. It's a good idea to walk facing the traffic.

In John 5:5 of the Bible, Jesus is at the pool of Bethesda, which was supposed to have healing powers. There are lots of disabled people lying there hoping to get cured. It says "One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, 'Do you want to get well?'" After the man had responded, Jesus said to him, "'Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.' At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked."

Like the man Jesus healed, we are all in a crippled condition. It may not be physical, but some things in our lives holds us back, just as this man was held back for many years by his paralysis. Maybe it's holding you back from the kind of relationships you want to have, from spiritual victory, or from personal peace. It may have been there for a long time - it was 38 years for this man.

It's something you can't beat; it keeps beating you, like an oncoming car that keeps coming at you. It's your personal paralyzer. Maybe it's a habit, a deep hurt, or deep feelings you have stuffed inside for a long time. Maybe it's a sinful stronghold in your personality.

Jesus asks you this curious question, as He did this man, "Do you want to get well?" You've been there so long that maybe you have just accepted this way of being or you just deny it, as many Christians do. Maybe you're saying, "Well, Christians don't hate, so I don't hate. Christians don't get bitter, so this isn't bitterness. Christians don't lust, so this isn't lust."

Will you call it by its right name? Don't deny it. As long as you don't want to face it because it would hurt too much or be too hard to change, it will keep running over you inside.

Do you want to get well? Jesus says, "I am here to fight it with you," just like a little boy who faces the neighborhood bully because his father is with him. It's time to face it before it runs you over for good.

First, face it with Jesus. Then begin to face it with your mate, your children, your pastor, or a counselor. Get whatever outside help you need. The problem is that as long as it goes unfaced, it is unsurrendered to Jesus. It's not under His lordship. It is a wild, uncontrolled animal inside you.

Jesus has come to you saying, "You've laid here long enough. I died to break the power of that thing that has broken you. Give it to me. Let me touch it. Let me in that dark closet. Let me give you a new beginning."

Don't turn your back on the oncoming traffic. Face what could hit you. You will be able to walk as you have never walked before.

            

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