Prophetic Word from Sunday, May 22, 2016
During Worship at The Embassy Church, Oshawa, Ontario
“‘The sick man said, ‘Sir, when the water is stirred, I don’t have anybody to put me in the pool. By the time I get there, somebody else is already in”.
John 5:7 – The Message
For the Spirit of the Lord would say, “Many are waiting for someone to stir the water and in turn take them to the water so they can then jump in and receive their healing. But I say this day I Myself am stirring the water for those who turn to Me and recognize I am the One who stirs. As you turn to Me and understand I Am the One who stirs then healing will flow”. The Spirit of the Lord declares “just as I am releasing My presence in the heavens to touch down on earth as we move from a place of visitation to habitation, know that this day I am also stirring wells which will in turn release a life changing and life transforming presence of healing and restoration”.
I believe the Lord is reminding us of the encounter Jesus had with the man at The Healing Pool of Bethesda. At this encounter Jesus told the man who’d been waiting 38 years to receive his healing to simply “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk” (John 5:8). In this simple act of faith, the man was healed! Verse 9 says it plainly, “At once the man was cured. He picked up his mat and walked”.
As I’ve been praying over the prophetic word from Sunday, I sense the Lord saying two areas need to be addressed.
The Simple Act of Faith
It’s clear in the John 5 passage the simple act of faith by the man resulted in his healing. He was at the pool waiting for the “water to be stirred”. At that time the belief was when the water was “stirred by an angel” the first sick person to get into the water would be healed. However, the man pled his case with Jesus saying when he tried to get into the water, he was too slow and someone else beat him to the healing.
Is the body of Christ any different today?
Some today believe the only way to receive a healing is to find the healing show where emotions are stirred. However, in this day God is declaring “I’m not interested in the show. I am looking for the glow of a people who are seeking My face and truly following after Me”. It is true many people are healed in an atmosphere of healing during services. However, I believe God is also reminding us today we are healed through the simple act of faith of “picking up your mat” – whatever that mat may be – “and walking in healing”.
Religious Leaders Were Upset
When word spread about the man healed by the pool the religious leaders of the day were upset. Sticking to the letter of the law they said to the man, “It is the Sabbath. The law forbids you to carry your mat” (John 5:11). What upset the religious leaders of the day? The fact the man was healed on the Sabbath. Not only was the man “working” on the Sabbath but Jesus was “working” on the Sabbath as well.
Once again I believe the Lord is revealing something about the church today. Many believe healing can only take place within the confines of a church building or some kind of healing conference. I sense the Lord saying, “Many have fallen into a Sabbath-trap declaring ‘come here and be healed’! If you go elsewhere you are out of line”. When people are healed “outside the confines of the four walls of the church” many are upset saying “Who said you could be healed in this way”?
I believe the Lord is declaring two things – “Be careful what you add to My healing anointing for it is by a simple act of faith that My people are healed”. Secondly He is saying, “Be careful that you don’t fall into the trap of the religious leaders of Jesus day who become jealous and protective of their position by limiting My power to only just a few”.