Jn 5:1 Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for a feast of the Jews. Jn 5:2 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. Jn 5:3 Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. Jn 5:5 One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. Jn 5:6 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?” Jn 5:7 “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.” Jn 5:8 Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” Jn 5:9 At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.
THE LONGER A PROBLEM PERSISTS…
• THE MORE _______________ YOU BECOME.
• THE MORE _______________ YOU MAKE.
• THE MORE YOU LEARN TO _______________.
DO YOU WANT TO BE WELL?
Jn 5:8 Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” Jn 5:9 At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.
I DON’T WANT TO HEAR YOUR _______________,
I WANT TO SEE YOUR _______________.
27 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!” 28 When (Jesus) had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they replied. 29 Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done to you”; 30 and their sight was restored. Matthew 9:27-30
WHAT KIND OF FAITH HONORS GOD?
1) FAITH THAT ____________ WHEN IT DOESN’T SEE.
Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. Hebrews 11:1 NLT
28 When (Jesus) had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they replied. Matthew 9:28
2) FAITH THAT ___________ WHEN NOTHING __________.
2 Be persistent in prayer, and keep alert as you pray, giving thanks to God. Colossians 4:2
3) FAITH THAT ____________WHEN IT DOESN’T MAKE ____________.
22 You see that (Abraham’s) faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. James 2:22
4 Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ… 2 Corinthians 4:4 NLT