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Wednesday, August 13 2008
In reading and studying this morning, I came across a scripture that I know that I have read previously, but this morning it caught my attention like never before.  John 5 documents the story of the lame man at the pool of Bethesda.  The man had been sick for 38 years and he waited day after day for the pool to be stirred by the angel so that he might be healed, but the Bible states....

7 The sick man answered Jesus, "Sir, I don't have anyone to put me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I'm trying to get there, someone else steps into the pool ahead of me." (God's Word Version)

Although, his body and faith were weak, Jesus healed him...

9 The man immediately became well, picked up his cot, and walked. That happened on a day of worship. (God's Word Version)

The scripture that caught my attention is after the healing when Jesus saw the man in the temple.  Verse 14 states...

14 Afterward, when Jesus found him in the temple, He said to him, See, you are well! Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you. (Amplified)

The instructions of Jesus to the man is something that continues speak to us today.  The KJV states...

14 Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.

Why is this important to us today?  Simply, we often are witnesses to those that have an experience with God, but quickly forget what God has done for them.  The anointing they felt quickly becomes a distant memory while the risk eternal damnation. 

If you have had an experience with God, you will remember the joy, peace and exhilaration that you felt.  What a day that is when Jesus touches your life, but we are warned in John 5 that we need to be aware of the consequences of not continuing in the presence of the Most High God and following His commandments... 

John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.



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