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Jesus said to him, ‘Get up, pick up your pallet and walk.’  Immediately the man became well, and picked up his pallet and began to walk.”                 John 5:8

Do you ever feel as though you are paralyzed?  Fear, anxiety, stress, depression, along with a whole host of other emotions can creep in at times, causing us to feel paralyzed and unable to complete even the smallest tasks of the day, let alone the big jobs.  When Jesus met the man who had been paralyzed for thirty-eight years, He asked him one question;  “Do you want to be healed?”  Like most of us, the man answered Jesus with a resounding “But…”  “But there is no one to help me.”  How many times we respond the same?  There is no one to help us out of debt, despair, fear and worry.  Jesus did not need anyone’s help to heal the paralyzed man and He does not need our help (or anyone else’s) to heal us.  Jesus is asking, “Do you want to be healed?”  If your answer is yes, His response to you is the same as it was for the man suffering from paralysis;  “Pick yourself up and walk.”   When you come into contact with Jesus, a simple command from His all-knowing voice, will send the paralysis of our fears, anxieties, frustrations and failures away.  Jesus has come to you.  He is speaking to you.  He is telling you to pick up your mat and walk.   You may not be able to completely leave behind your struggles, you may have to take them with you wherever you go, but they do not have to paralyze you and keep you stuck.

Go ahead, get up and walk!

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