Take Up Your Bed, Walk! by Pastor Melissa Scott

December 8, 2013 · Posted in Pastor Melissa Scott 
Pastor Melissa Scott Teaches from Faith Center, Glendale, California

Pastor Melissa Scott Teaches from Faith Center, Glendale, California

 

If you are here today helpless, beaten down, physically sick or sick in spirit and your real need is way down deep behind the front; though your neighbors and the friends who would carry you may not know it, there is an ever-present sense of personal guilt and personal attack on yourself; will you listen to Jesus today? “Be of good courage; thy sins be forgiven thee.”

In that wondrous promise to the saints: “Is any sick among you?  let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up.” (James 5:14-15)

What does James add? “And if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.” Jesus is here. He is trying to tell you, don’t be afraid because of your past sins. Don’t cower in His presence because of your past sins. That grip of “penance” on the heart of the church, which we inherited from one of the great streams of the church, stands between so many people and the cross. “He paid it all,” as the old song says, so throw away your fears and let me do what the translators did in Exodus 14:13.

Instead of saying “be of good courage,” let me say, “Don’t you be even one little bit afraid, thy sins be forgiven thee.” Get that out of the way, and then listen to Him say, “take up your bed, walk.”

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