Remember Almighty Lord Your Savior In Situations!" (P.A.R.A.L.Y.S.I.S)
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“When Jesus saw their
faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” Now some
teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves, "Why
does this fellow talk like that? He's blaspheming! Who can forgive sins
but God alone?" Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what
they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, "Why are you
thinking these things? Which is easier: to say to the paralytic, 'Your
sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Get up, take your mat and walk'? But
that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive
sins . . . ." He said to the paralytic, "I tell you, get up, take your
mat and go home." He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of
them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, ‘We have
never seen anything like this’”. (Mark 2:5-12, NIV)
I asked myself who are the
main characters involved!
Teachers of the law
I asked myself what role
Jesus saw their (four men who brought the
Jesus said to the paralytic, “Son, your
sins are forgiven.”
Jesus knew in his spirit what the teachers
of the law were thinking in their hearts.
Jesus asks the teachers of the law 3
Jesus tells them He has the authority to
Jesus tells the paralytic 3 things.
The paralytic got up.
The paralytic picked up his mat.
The paralytic took his mat and went home.
Teachers of the law
The teachers of the law were sitting there when Jesus told the
paralytic his sins were forgiven.
They thought to themselves ‘why does this fellow talk like
They thought to themselves, ‘He’s blaspheming!
They thought to themselves, ‘Who can forgive sins but God
The paralytic walking amazed the crowds.
The crowds praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything
I decided to focus on the first 2 actions of
I asked myself what is the
significance of Jesus’ actions?
Statement 1: Jesus saw their (four men who lowered the paralytic) faith.
When Jesus saw their faith, He intervenes in the
life of the paralytic. This is so cool because what this tells me is the
importance of intercession. These men interceded on behalf of the man
for his healing and Jesus took notice. We are not told if the paralytic
believed but only the actions of the four men. It is possible that
‘their’ could have meant the paralytic too but we don’t know.
This has valid implications for our own lives
because Jesus does take notice of intercessory prayer. I know I have
prayed to Jesus for people who do not even know Jesus that they would be
healed for an ailment and Jesus has healed them
and shown them mercy because of the prayers.
Our beloved dad went into sudden cardiac arrest on October 07, 2007.
When the paramedics came they asked us, 'How long has it been since he
They were trying to resuscitate my dad and I was praying to my
beloved Jesus, my Lord and Personal Savior that Satan would not take my
dad away. I did not want my daddy to have died without knowing Jesus
Christ as his Lord and Personal Savior. None of us wanted him to die at
As I prayed and family members prayed, they told us that my dad got a
pulse and they were able to revive him even though he was unconscious.
We knew our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ heard our intercessory prayer
on behalf of our daddy.
Lord gave us 70 extra days with our dad and in those days we saw all
kinds of miracles but the greatest miracle of all was my daddy giving
his life to Jesus Christ before going home to be with Jesus in Heaven.
For 47 of those 70 days my mom read to my dad the New Testament more
than once reading Revelation and the birth of Jesus multiple times. For
most of those days, I was able to claim God's wonderful promises and see
them come true His way. I praise the Lord Jesus for that. Intercessory
prayer does work and reaches the Father. The prayers of His people
reached our Lord and Savior from the churches (PCC, OIF, etc), from
students, from friends, from family, etc.
There is precedent for INTERCESSORY prayer in the Old Testament too!
When people were sinning and going their own
way, they were bit by a snake and many were dying. When Moses saw that,
he pleaded with God and interceded on behalf of the Israelites. When
Moses’ intercession reached God, "The LORD said to
Moses, 'Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can
look at it and live.' So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a
pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze
snake, he lived." (Numbers 21:8-9, NIV)
Moses interceded on behalf of
the Israelites and God took notice. I believe Jesus took notice of the
four men who interceded on behalf of the paralytic.
Statement 2: Jesus said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
It is so interesting that even though the man is
paralyzed, Jesus does not address his physical condition first but
addresses his spiritual condition. This is evident by the statement, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”
Jesus also gives the man identity by calling him
‘Son’. This makes me think that Jesus was letting him know that he wants
the man to belong to him. It is possible that his physical condition may
have been caused as a direct result of sin but we do not know. Sometimes
things happen in our lives because we live in a sinful world and other
times they happen as a direct result of our own sin.
I know the man was paralyzed and Jesus told him
that his sins were forgiven as he called him, ‘Son’. I believe Jesus
calls us sons and daughters too. The question is whether we are willing
to acknowledge Him, as our Heavenly Father! This passage also makes me
think of areas in which we are paralyzed and how the Lord Jesus Christ
can rescue us!
I ask you now dear friend,
where does paralysis take hold of you?
Dear friend, paralysis is not always physical
but it could also be spiritual or psychological. We can be feeling so guilty about something that
we keep racking our minds on it to the point that we freeze ourselves
from forgiving ourselves or accepting other people’s forgiveness.
does not want that to happen and wants to free us from whatever guilt we
are facing for He already paid the price to set us free and we are never
out of His love. The hardest
thing is forgiving self from the guilt. The Good News is that
"there is now no condemnation to those who are in
Christ Jesus for the power of the life giving Spirit frees us from the law
of sin and death"(Romans 8:1)
Yes, the Holy Spirit does friend. Jesus will bring healing
for you from the paralysis of guilt as you turn to Him and receive His
forgiveness. What occurred may not be changeable and God knows that. He
still forgives you and wants you to pick up your mat and go home. The
paralyzed man was stuck to the mat just as guilt maybe sticking to you.
With Jesus’ help the man separated himself from the mat and you can
separate yourself from the guilt and go home. Home is usually a place of
shelter and the Lord wants to give you shelter from this paralysis.
Guilt is the worst thing a
person can face because their mind is surrounded with 'What if's'. Jesus
does not want you and me to live in the 'What if' world. Whatever has
happened happened and if we cannot change it, we need to still move on.
Our Lord wants us to move on from the guilt that plagues us. At the
Cross, He paid the price for you and me. Yes, He did friend. Jesus
restores you where you are.
Whatever you have done or said,
take it to the Lord in prayer and rest in Him. He is a God of
restoration and takes away the paralysis of guilt. Yes, He does friend!
Oh yes, He does! I can speak from experience. The key is depending on
Him and waiting on the Lord. If you are able to bring restoration in the
lives of people that you have hurt, you should do that as you seek the
Maybe guilt is not what paralyses you but it
could be fear. You can be so fearful of something because of what
happened to you in the past that you are paralyzed by fear. The Lord
Jesus does not want that for you. He wants you to know that
‘God has not given us a spirit of fear but of
love, power and of a sound mind’. The type of fear that paralyses is
from the devil and Jesus is here to free you from that fear. No matter
what fear you are facing, please take it to the Lord in prayer. He loves
you so much. Yes, He does. You are never out of His love; you are never
out of His reach.
Whatever paralyzes you, you know about it. It
could be interfering with your daily activities and what you need to do.
You don’t have to lose hope. The paralytic took the help from the men
who carried him. There are times we need to be carried to Jesus with the
baggage we have. There are times Jesus Himself carries us! It is wonderful to know there are those out there who
want to help people through their paralysis whether it is physical,
spiritual, or psychological. Take the help that comes your way and know
Jesus wants to be your Great Physician.
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Remember Almighty Lord Your Savior In Situations!" (P.A.R.A.L.Y.S.I.S)/"Where
does paralysis take hold of you?"
Make this your prayer:
Dear Jesus, thank you so
much for interceding on our behalf. You love us so much that you died
for our sins and came back to life to save us. Lord, you know the
paralysis each of us face in our own lives, you know what hinders us
from moving on, picking up our mat and going on in life. More than anything, it
is sin Oh Lord. It is sin that captivates and paralyzes us but we know
you are there to help us. So Jesus, come and please help us to overcome
things that paralyze us. Help us to receive the help you offer and not
be so individualistic. Please take our guilt, fear, or whatever we face
and cover us with your loving presence please. And Jesus there are those
that are physically paralyzed that need your loving touch and help in
their lives. Please help them in all they need to do. Give them strength
to endure and bring your healing in their lives please Jesus. Thank you
Jesus we are never out of your love and never out of your reach no
matter where we have been. Thank you we can talk to you for you are our
Great Physician. We turn our lives over to thee and ask thee for your
loving healing grace to engulf us. Thank you for your cleansing blood to heal us.
Thank you Jesus for hearing us and answering us! In Your
Name I Pray Jesus! Amen!
If you would like to invite Jesus Christ into your heart and make Him a
daily part of your life, you can this very moment. You will never be
alone. You can claim God's promises for you in the Bible and see them
come true, before your eyes, in His wonderful timing. You don't have to
wait for a special time to come to the Lord. You can come right now as
you pray the prayer below, meaning it in your heart.
God I am a sinner. I am invaded by this deadliest virus. Many times I
feel so guilty and yucky inside. I need forgiveness. I am so sorry for
my sins. I have not obeyed you with my whole heart! I have gone my own
way and done my own things. I still struggle with sin. I need you Jesus
in my life so I can receive forgiveness and a new beginning. In the
process, I can forgive others as you help me to. Thank you so much
Jesus. I accept the antidote you have sent me. I believe Jesus you died
for me and your cleansing blood will cleanse me from all my sins. You
came back to life to save me. Thank you God I am set free, free from the
bondage of sin. Hear my cry Oh Lord. I accept you Jesus into my heart. I
make you my Lord and Personal Savior of my life. Thank you Father God
for giving me Salvation. Thank you Jesus for coming into my heart and
making my heart your home. Thank you for living in me Jesus and I will
live for you and serve you the rest of the days of my life. Thank you
for being my Lord and personal Savior! I can live a life of peace with
you on my side. Thank you that you have heard my prayer and answered me!
In your Name I Pray Jesus! AMEN! Thank you Lord for answering my prayer.
Friend, if you have prayed this
prayer and meant it in your heart, you are a new creation in Christ and
all old things are passed away and everything has become new! You may
feel something or may not but don’t base it on feelings but base your
new life in Christ on the promises of our Savior who will never leave
you nor forsake you! Amen!
No matter what you feel in your heart,
know that Jesus has come in and resides with you! You are not alone! To
make your walk strong with the Lord, spend time in prayer talking to Him
as you would to a friend. You don’t need special words to talk to the
Lord. Spend time in His Word reading Psalms and turning them into
prayer. Next allow God to heal you and speak to you through the Gospel
of John or Gospel of
Mark before moving on to other Books of the Bible! Slowly, let the Lord
show you to which Scriptures He wants you to go to next. It is also important to be part of a body of believers to
help you grow in the faith. Find a Bible believing church that preaches
the Word of God from Genesis to Revelation proclaiming Jesus Christ our
crucified and risen Lord who brings us hope, healing, and help! But
beware of churches who do believe in the Word of God completely but
there is no freedom in Christ but legalism involved.
student, it is not too late to join a fellowship on campus too this
blessed New Year of 2008! May the Lord's presence and peace fill you with His
love now and forever! Amen!
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pray with, talk about spiritual issues or whatever is on your mind! My
number is 412-720-4579.
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work and I can do it only because Christ's mighty energy is at work
within me." (Colossians 1:29, TLB)
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