Greetings in Jesus name
We thank God for a wonderful home church that has emerged from the challenges of Covid-19. Although this was unexpected, the church has emerged stronger in the circumstances. We continue to trust God to help us out of this disease and we continue to pray that God will protect our country and that as citizens we shall be obedient and follow the protocols issued by the ministry of health. As a church we are preparing to reopen as soon as the government gives the green light. However, we know that the regulations that the government will set will be challenging to get accustomed to and it may take some time before we adapt. I encourage us to continue to be in prayer over this issue so that God may give us wisdom on how to respond.
This month we start a new series named “TRAPPED”. We shall be looking at the challenges we face everyday and how they influence our lives. Of utmost interest will be how we can get trapped in situations to the extent that we accept our condition and become blind to solutions readily available.
The invalid man in John 5:1-15 was trapped in his condition for 38 years. When Jesus visited him, he had no hope of ever coming out of his condition for there was no one to help him get into the pool of mercy. Jesus spoke to him and asked him “Do you want to get well?” His reply depicts a frustrated man “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred.” At the same time, there seems to be a ray of hope in this man as he had continued to wait for an opportunity. This opportunity came to him through Jesus Christ. It is because he waited that Jesus found him there. Many times, we resign to our situations and move on. We accept that we are trapped in our challenges and we have no power to change it. If we cast away the spirit of hopelessness, we can trust God to intervene in our situations and provide the much-needed miracles in life.
During this sabbath of Covid-19, we can use the time to evaluate ourselves. Some have lost jobs they so much valued. Some are going back to jobs that no longer look the same. Some have lost businesses. Is God desiring to release you from a condition (TRAP) you had accepted? Some jobs we hold we neither like nor enjoy them, we are there for the money. Other jobs tie us down because of the commitment we have like loans or titles and packages. God may be also using this situation to promote us because He has already trained us well and we are ready for the next level, but we are being held back by fear. Through this season, others have discovered new callings and skills. It is time for freedom! Be released from your TRAP in Jesus name.
In the situation of this invalid man, two odds were working against him. The first was there were so many sick people around the pool. How and why did Jesus single him out? The second was the day was a sabbath and there was very little that could be done on such a day. Jesus knew this man, his condition and for how long he had suffered. Jesus knows all of us and He desires to set us free from our traps. Jesus came through for this man despite the fact that it was a sabbath. He will come through for us irrespective of our circumstances, what everyone else thinks, or when we least expect it. The scriptures say in Psalm 139:2-3 “You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways.” Because He knows us and He cares, He will be merciful.
As we go through this series, I would like to encourage you to do several things.
Pray over your situation
Believe that God is able to perform a miracle in your life irrespective of how long you have waited.
Be prepared to receive your miracle as the Lord reveals Himself to you.
Be ready to obey what the Lord tells you to do.
Jesus told this man “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk” There are things that God will require us to do, leave and move on.
Relationships that are not God honoring.
Jobs or businesses that do not promote godliness
Rebellion and stubbornness that comes from a hardened heart.
Repentance of sin.
When God speaks, let us be obedience and allow Him to teach us the new way. Let Him be our help in time of need.
God bless you I pray that you will be blessed.
Rev. Julius and Marianne Wainaina