Mark 2King James Version (KJV)
2 And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house.
2 And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them.
3 And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four.
4 And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay.
5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee.
6 But there was certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts,
7 Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?
8 And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts?
9 Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk?
10 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,)
11 I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house.
12 And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion.
A dear friend of mine and I had a brief discussion on the above passage yesterday.
Sometimes, we struggle so much with our own problems…our own demons, that we grow weary…our Faith declines, and depending on how long we’ve been praying and not receiving the answer we’re looking for-our Faith becomes almost non-existent. We begin to “accept” our fate. I know…I’ve been there! I lived my life-or rather, existed in that state for fifteen years. We believe God for our eternal salvation, and almost everything else, but OUR problem…this ONE thing that never seems to have a solution, in our eyes becomes too great…even for Him.
This is when other Believers need to come to the aid of our brothers and sisters in Christ. We need to lift them up before the throne of God, and because of OUR faith, they will be delivered!
In Exodus 17:11 – 13 it says this: So it came about when Moses held his hand up, that Israel prevailed, and when he let his hand down, Amalek prevailed. 12But Moses’ hands were heavy. Then they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it; and Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side and one on the other. Thus his hands were steady until the sun set. 13So Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.…
I want to pick out a few words from the above passage. The first word is Amalek. In Jewish folklore the Amalekites are considered to be the symbol of evil. … According to the Hebrew Bible,
We all know that God wants His children to live an abundant life; a life without worry, poverty, sickness and disease. If Believers are struggling with any of these things, be sure, they are from the devil – NOT from God!
Next, I want you to notice that the battle went on for so long that Moses got weary…he was tired! He could not hold his hands up without help. When our problems become so great that we have difficulty in lifting our hands to praise the Lord, we are in desperate need of help from our brothers and sisters in Christ!
Now, look at this…they put a stone under him so he could sit down. There are many scriptures in the Bible that talk about us as Believers needing to stand firm on the Solid Rock…the Rock of Ages…Jesus, the Cornerstone!
But look at the rest of the story. Aaron and Hur supported his hands-one on the left, one on the right, they held him steady until the sun went down. They stood beside him in the battle until it was over!
And then look what happened…the Amalekites were defeated with the edge of the sword. We defeat the devil with the Sword of the Lord which is the Word of God…the Bible!
Look back over your life for a moment. How many times were you in deep distress, and a pastor deacon, layman, or a friend in Christ came along side and prayed for you…daily held you up before the throne of God, stuck by you till the end? Thank God, I had several folks stand by me, encourage me until the end of my trials! Had they not been there for me…the devil would have won the battle I was going through, for I, in myself was too weak to fight.
Be sensitive…look around. Do you see one of your brothers or sisters struggling with something? Lift them up in prayer to the Lord; then go to them, encourage them, FIGHT WITH THEM against the evil that is coming their way! In Jesus Name…