What God Can Do Through the Faith of Friends

I love the story in Mark (2:1-12) where the paralyzed man is healed. So…this dude is completely paralyzed–but his boys are determined to see Him healed.

DETERMINED.

They believed! They believed if they could JUST get their friend to Jesus–he would be healed.

It seemed impossible. The crowd was too much. Everything stood in their way. But they wanted to take him to Jesus because they cared about him and wanted to see him healed.

When they realize they aren’t getting into the house where Jesus is because the door is completely blocked by a crowd—and they sure as heck aren’t getting in carrying their friend in as I’m sure it took 4 of them to carry him. So–these crazy guys come up with a plan. They decide to WILDLY climb the roof WITH their paralyzed friend on a stinkin’ mat.

CAN YOU PICTURE THIS???

Four guys climbing the roof is ONE thing–but lifting their friend on a mat and getting him ON the roof too??

GET verse 4: “Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on.”

Now I don’t know about you–but if 4 dudes start digging a HOLE in my roof…I’m going to be ticked.

The verses just before that say everyone was gathered there because they had heard Jesus had come home–so you could gather that this was even Jesus’s home. “A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home. They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them.” Whether it was Jesus’s home or not–these men took a big risk…not only in dragging their paralytic friend on the roof–but also digging a rather LARGE home in the roof to lower him.

It says when Jesus saw THEIR faith–he forgave the man of his sins AND HEALED HIM.

It wasn’t only the faith of the man–as he obviously had to agree to being lifted on the roof and lowered into the house. He believed IF he agreed to let his friends do this–to join him in believing and approaching Jesus with him–that he would be healed!

And scripture says Jesus saw their faith and healed him.

Why do you think this story makes it in scripture as we know Christ performed MANY miracles that were not included in scripture? But THIS one makes it in. Do you think the Lord wants us to stand by ourselves or others? Do you think He wants us to approach Him together–believing Him together for BIG things? Do you think He received more glory as many come together?

Is there someone you know believing the Lord for something BIG–and they need others to stand and BELIEVE with them?

Is there someone sick or hurting who is struggling with their faith to believe because they are just too tired? Just think what the Lord can do as brothers and sisters in Christ pick them up…carry them to Jesus believing that through THEIR faith–the Lord can heal!

The same Lord that stood in that house that day and healed–is the same Lord that came and died and was risen again. He is the same Lord we celebrate this Lent season. He is the same Lord that can heal the sick and still performs miracles today.

You have to just love DETERMINED friend of faith. Friends that will drag you on the roof top and when you are too weak–lower you to Jesus through their faith and prayers. I have a husband like that too. One who told me at the monastery on Saturday that the Lord would HEAL me in a way we would know it was HIM and no other. Gotta love my man of faith.

I want to thank my sisters and brothers in Christ who love me and our family enough to pray with us for my miracle healing. We are BELIEVING the Lord is already healing me. And I have to tell you–for the last 3 days this mom hasn’t had blurred vision…my fatigue is going away…and I even woke up my family 2 nights ago when I felt my brain fog lifted—I turned on lights and we jumped on the bed! Yes–we are crazy here…but we are EXPECTING a miracle and every bit of miracle we experience we celebrate! I have had a swollen right eye full of redness for MONTHS which has had the specialists at St.Joseph’s scratching their heads as my cornea was being damaged and my eye is even clear and normal this week!!! I LOVE being able to see:). I keep telling Richard when the Lord completely heals this mom the WORLD better watch out…because I’m never going to take my health for granted again!!! If you have been praying with us for a miracle–please continue praying that the Lord would completely remove Lyme from my body and I would be completely healed without modern medicine (which I’m totally willing to do–but we feel like we are supposed to WAIT and spend time trusting in His healing right now instead! YES crazy–but we want to wait on Him and trust Him for the impossible!!!)

Alright–you have to check out this picture me and the babes took this morning. Momma doesn’t have on ANY MAKE-UP…but my eyes are CLEAR, not swollen and I can see…so we were CELEBRATING on my Mac Photobooth!

So…you get to see me without makeup on! BUT I really don’t care any more about much of anything like that cause I’m just excited momma can see clearly!

Y’all have a great day!!! And if you have a prayer request that I too can take before the Lord FOR you–please do tell me. It would be an HONOR to pray for you and believe in FAITH with you!

XOXO

Andrea

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