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Freedom begins with forgiveness

Written by Butch LaBauve on .

. . . bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was.

So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying.   When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven you."   . . . He said to the paralytic, "I say to you, arise, take up your bed . . ."   Immediately he arose . . . Mark 2:2-12

“a paralytic” completely immobilized - What happened?   Have you ever questioned bad life results? Remember, God is not a taker but a giver of life. We can trace all of life’s problems back to Adam’s sin.   Sin always separates man from God’s best and opens the door to a multitude of problems. Romans 3:23

“carried away by four men” -   I thank God for pastors, mentors, and the body of Christ for helping me when I was spiritually paralyzed.   ‘They uncovered the roof where He was.” Faith friends know how to expose Jesus.   The Lord was aware of the cripple’s need but was amazed at his friends’ faith to help. “So when they had broken through.” – Faith always believes Jesus is willing and able to restore at a moment. Unashamed, with great difficulty and pain, the faithful four publicly stood near Jesus. Faith never regards time, distance, cost, or obstacles. It presses forward.

“Son, your sins are forgiven.” -   Apparently this man’s personal sin caused grievous consequences. Notice Jesus addressed his spiritual state, not his physical condition. Jesus meets the greatest need to demonstrate the power of “sins forgiven” which man’s eyes cannot see.   The joy of being forgiven has strengthened his spirit and now he is ready for whatever Jesus commands.   1 John 3:21

“Arise, take up your bed.” -   If our heart condemns us, we lose our confidence toward God. Are you like Adam, no confidence towards God, hiding in the bushes of excuses, hurt, and shame?   What bed have you been lying on that is keeping you from the love of Jesus?   If your heart is condemning you, “God is greater than your heart, He knows all things.” 1 John 3:21  

Quit lying down, and ask for forgiveness. Jesus said “arise” you are free! What held you down will now be a testimony of your forgiveness and restoration!

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