“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” (Matt. 11:29 KJV)
The more I meditate on the story of the healing of paralytic man as recorded in the second chapter of Mark—the more I learn from the faith works of the personae in that story.
In this third series, we shall discuss some other lessons I learned from the healing of the paralytic man.
1. Always author or seize the moments of power or opportunities!
Moments when captured can create lasting supernatural or somewhat surreal experiences. Chip Heath and Dan Heath in their best selling book — The Power of Moments, said most instructively, “Defining moments shape our lives, but we don’t have to wait for them to happen. We can be the authors of them.”
Without any gainsaying, the four friends of the paralytic man did not only seize the moment— they created and authored precious moments of power. Hear this: we can become creators and captors of moments.
2. Faith makes all things possible — be a person of faith!
Faith will always dare the impossible especially when it’s anchored on the revelation of God’s Word. Jesus said, “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.”
John C. Maxwell observed, “Faith does not make things easy, but it makes things possible because it puts everything including fear, into the right perspective.”
These four friends defied all obvious facts—made nonsense of their limitations and dared the impossible by their unprecedented sublime faith. Living by the faith of the Son of God will always create possibilities— even when it seems impossible. The choice is yours!
3. Faith gives you much more than you ask, desire or think — live by it!
Faith like wisdom has a bandwagon effect. It creates intended results and much more, releases contended possessions or inheritances. The four friends believed Jesus for the healing of the paralytic man but got much more— even the forgiveness of sin.
Apostle Paul captured it most aptly in his epistle to the Ephesians. He said, “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.”
4. It’s love that gives credibility, ability and agility to faith!
Paul in his epistle to the church in Galatia, said most profoundly, “… but faith which worketh by love.” Suffice it to say that faith is initiated, executed and perfected by love. Faith is indeed faith only when there’s a corresponding love action.
We saw love demonstrated by this four friends by their commitment to see their friend healed at all cost and by all means. Their love proved their faith. I’m reminded as I reflect on this demonstrated love, the sayings of Solomon— “A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”
The good news is that the love of Christ is already shed abroad in the hearts of believers by the Holy Spirit. Therefore, let’s get it working! It’s over to you!
To be continued…