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AMessageofChange

hatmakesthemessageoftheileandGodsoattractiveisthatsitisa
constantmessageofchange.Itswhatgivesusthecouragetotalkaoutsin,

guilt,andfears.InorderthefulfillGodsdestinforourlives,weconstantlneedto
evolveandchange.

Itisnotthestrongestofthespeciesthatsurvive,northe
mostintelligent,uttheonemostresponsivetochange.

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AMessageofChange

ometimelater,JesuswentuptoJerusalemforoneofthe
Jewishfestivals.NowthereisinJerusalemneartheheep
Gateapool,whichinAramaiciscalledethesdaandwhich
issurroundedfivecoveredcolonnades.Hereagreat
numerofdisaledpeopleusedtoliethelind,thelame,
theparalzed.Onewhowastherehadeenaninvalidfor
thirt-eightears.

JOHN5:1-5(NIV)

Jesustookhisdisciplesintoaplacefilledwithpeoplewhoweresuffering.Wh?Jesus
cametoservethesepeople,ecauseHeelievedinthegospelofchange.

AwalkwithGodshouldgiveusthepowertofacetheworstthingsinourhearts,lives,
andthelivesofothersecauseweelieveinagospelofchange.

DoYouWanttoChange?

WhenJesussawhimlingthereandlearnedthathehad
eeninthisconditionforalongtime,heaskedhim,Doou
wanttogetwell?ir,theinvalidreplied,Ihavenooneto
helpmeintothepoolwhenthewaterisstirred.WhileIam
tringtogetin,someoneelsegoesdownaheadofme.8
ThenJesussaidtohim,Getup!Pickupourmatandwalk.

JOHN5:6-8(NIV)

ThefirstthinkJesuswantedtolearnaoutthismanwashiscondition.Weallhavea
conditionthatrequiresGodshelpinordertoovercome.wathismananswered

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Jesusquestions,weseeaglimpseintotheconditionofhisfaith.

Thethingthatthismanputhisfaithinwasthepool.Heelievedthatthepoolwasthe
answertoallhisprolemsinlife.IfIjustgetintothepool,everthingwillwork
outThepoolrepresentsthethingsinourlivesthatwecanputourhopeinapart
fromGod.
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WhatdooureloninsteadofGod?Isitanewdatingrelationship?More
achievementatwork?uildingourcareer?uildingmorewealth?Allthesethings
arentnecessarileviluttheecomeharmfultoourspiritualconditionifwere
puttingourhopeinthesematerialthingsratherthaninourrelationshipwithGod.

Jesusansweredtheman:Getup.Jesustookhismindoffthepoolandputthemans
focusonHim.JesushelpedthemanrealizethatHewastheonlonewhocouldheal
him.Anoneinlifecanexperiencearadicallifechangeifweputour100%faithin
God.

Whatdoweneed?

1.motionalHonest

motionalhonesthelpsusrepentofoursins.Thesinsweturntoarearesultof
underlingemotionsthatwedontdealwith,andasaresult,turntosintofindrelief
andcomfortinsteadofGod.

Whatdoouneedtoemorehonestaout?

AnxiousUnelief:elievingoureffortalonewillprevail.Thisleavesusstressed

andurnedout.
motionalUnelief:Wereplacefactswithouremotions,evenwhenour

emotionsarenttrue.

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FearfulUnelief:Youelievetheworstcasescenarioisgoingtohappeninan

situation.

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Godlessmotionalism:Youmovethroughlifetoofastandmisswhatsgoingon

aroundou.

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motionalelf-indulgence:Youaredrivenfeelings,unelief,andsensualit.

Youareconsumedwithwhatothersthinkandfeel.

Dealingwiththeseunderlingemotionshelpsuswithourailittofightthesinsand
temptationswefeelinlife.

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Atoncethemanwascured;hepickeduphismatand
walked.Thedaonwhichthistookplacewasaaath,

JOHN5:9(NIV)

Afterthismanwasemotionallhonest,heputinspiritualeffortandtookaction.Often,
weecometoocomfortalewithsimplidentifingtheprolemsthatwehaveinstead
oftakingactiontochange.

WhatactionwilloutakethisweektogetclosertoGodandothers?

Growthistheonlevidenceoflife.

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