Pick up your mat….

Last week, I had a word from the Lord which I shared in our church fellowship and it witnessed with some people and their situations. I feel prompted by the Holy Spirit to share this same word with you today. Please weigh and test and if it speaks to your heart too then please pray about it.

The Lord spoke to me about the paralysed man who was lying by the pool Bethesda. When the waters were stirred for healing, he couldn’t get there in time. He kept missing out. He kept missing his opportunity and thought others were always beating him to it. Taking the only opportunity available.

I believe this word was about more than healing and was for other situations. The Lord impressed on me that there were brothers and sisters in Christ who felt they had missed or kept missing their opportunity. Each time they felt someone else was beating them to it and it was too late for them. You see your vision being accomplished by other people and wonder about the promises the Lord has given you. When will they come to pass for you.

The paralysed man had not initially recognised the time of opportunity which had come to him and that the Healer himself was right beside him until Jesus spoke those words to him. “Take up your mat and walk” so the Lord is saying that He is the one that opens doors and makes things happen and gives opportunity according to His Will. He will fulfil His promises within His times.

You have not missed out. The Lord will clearly open the door in His timing and you have to be obedient to His voice telling you to “pick up your mat and walk”. Walk through that door of opportunity. Your time will come. Don’t hesitate but look and listen for the Lord is right there beside you in all things.

Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. 2 Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. 3 Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. 5 One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6 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?

7 Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”

8 Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” 9 At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.” John 5 1-9

6 responses to “Pick up your mat….”

  1. It’s interesting reading this today of all days!

    A week, and 1 hour, from now and our first radio show will be going out around the UK and the world.

    I’d often wondered what the point was of us being in full time ministry, and then not.

    And yet I can, now, see how God was putting things in place yh whole time.

    We left full time ministry and set up the BerryBunch.

    That led to us being approached to approached to do a radio show.

    I don’t know what that may lead to, if at all – we didn’t say yes for something else as being in the moment is more than enough! But I do know that I can see the path behind, us now we’re here – a path we could not see until the time was right…

    …for a time such as this

    Thanks Nicola for this post

    Andy B

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  2. As a middle-aged person I sometimes visit the imaginary land of “could have been.” All the “what ifs?” aren’t successfully answered, however. In reality, only God knows the life of good works He laid out in advance for me to do. (Ephesians 2:10).

    Great post, Nicola! God Bless.

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