Let’s Move: The Vital Necessity for the Church to be in constant movement in these last days.

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A Jesus Who Was In Constant Movement
The Bible in the book of John chapter 5 gives us an amazing account of a certain man which is described as having an infirmity for about thirty eight years. In other words this man had been sick for many years. Now we do not know exactly what kind of an illness he suffered from, but we can come to the conclusion that there must have been something wrong with his feet and legs, because a conversation is sparked between himself and Jesus. The Bible tells us in verses 1-7 the following:  John 5:1-7 “After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.

We see here a man that desired to be healed, desired to be made whole physically, and Jesus asks him a question. In other words he tells him, don’t you want to be healed? Why don’t you enter into the pool? And we all know this poor man answers him and says to Jesus “…Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool” in other words I have no help for my healing. Oh, my heart can literally feel the words of this man. A voice of a man without hope, a voice of a man without any help, a voice of a man wishing to be healed and made whole. I can feel the weakness in his voice as I read this and prepared this article, I could feel his vocal cords telling Jesus, Sir, I have no help!

It is amazing to note, that he tells Jesus and calls Him Sir, not knowing who was in his midst. Verse three tells us that next to this pool “…lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water” And we know that every time that water began to move “…whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had” There was power in that water. Now, the water did not have power, because water is just a molecule made of 2 hydrogen atoms and 1 oxygen atom. Its chemical formula is H2O, so in other words the water had no power to heal, even though there was power in the water. But the Bible clearly tells us that when the Angel of the Lord “…went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water” people were healed. The power came from above, it was a supernatural power. But it took the moving of the water, our Bible; King James Version uses the old English language and states that when the waters were “troubled” when they were in constant movement, it brought healing.

But in this case and in this scenario we see something totally different. We see the one who created the waters, the one who formed man, we see Jesus. The one who once said “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water” (John 7:38) That same Jesus says to this poor soul stricken with physical, mental and spiritual sickness in verse eight “…Rise, take up thy bed, and walk” and the Bible tells us “And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the Sabbath.”

It’s very important to note the John mentions that this healing took place on the Sabbath, in other words on a Saturday. The Sabbath better known as Shabbat was and continues to be a very important ritual in Judaism. It is even considered the most special day in their religion, even more than Yom Kippur. Shabbat was primarily a day of rest and spiritual enrichment. This word Shabbat comes from the root word Shin-Beit-Tav meaning to cease, to end, or to rest. In other words perfect peace was the main reason.

But little did the people know that the one with the true perfect peace and rest was in their midst. This is why John continues to tell us that after this man is healed, Jesus runs into him again in the temple. There was no doubt he had experienced physically healing, but here Jesus goes to the core of it all and directs himself to his soul, verse 14 through 16 tell us:

14. Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.

Yes Christ was concerned with the physical healing of this man, as we read in prior verses, but Christ wanted to make the fact known that he was concerned with his soul. Not only did he take care of those physical needs, but he took care of the most important needs, the direction in which his soul was headed. This same desire must be the in the blood of the Church in these last hours.

The Bible continues to tell us:
15. The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus, which had made him whole.
16. And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day.

Instead of glorifying the Father for what had taken place, the Bible tells us that the Jews sought to kill Jesus for this miracle. It is important to note that Jesus had come to fulfill the law, not to break it and in doing so he was persecuted. What I want to point out in these events that transpired on that day is that throughout the ministry of Christ, we always hear of him in constant movement. Only heaven has the records of how many healing’s, deliverance’s, and miracles and so on that Jesus performed while on this earth. But one thing is for certain that Jesus was about His Father’s business, he even said it at an early age in Luke 2:49 – “…wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?” in other words don’t you know that this is my purpose, to be about my father’s business to be constantly in movement doing the work of God.

What better example can the Church take today then of Jesus Christ. Every single word and verse in the Bible has a reason for being there. We learn from this gracious event, that not only did Christ provide physical healing for this man, but he cared enough to impart to him, GRACE, Salvation. A few weeks ago in our local church our Pastor said something that has stuck in my mind ever since, that God is not considered with our material gains, but he is considered for our soul.

This was in the mindset of Jesus, when he tells this man, to SIN NO MORE. God is not considered whether we have the best looking church buildings, like one preacher once said “all that is going to stay here after the rapture.” It seems sometimes we take too much importance on material gains individually and as the Church, that we get close to being in danger of caring more for those things, then the main reason for the existence of the Church here on earth, which is to preach the Gospel!

That is our purpose and our reason for existence, PREACH THE GOSPEL! PREACH THE GOSPEL! PREACH THE GOSPEL!

Jesus was and continues to be the greatest example for the Church. We must be about our father’s business; we must be in constant movement if we want to impart healing and salvation to this dying world. Jesus was always busy working for the Father, everywhere we read in the Bible we see how even the fallen angels recognized who Jesus was, and they knew who the Body of Christ was.

We need that same spirit that was in Christ to saturate us in these last hours before the rapture. We need to be saturated with a special anointing for these last hours. We need that power that was able to trouble those waters and bring about healing to the nations through the Church, we need the power of God to trouble some waters in our lives for healing, to trouble some waters for our families that need salvation, to trouble some waters in the Church to experience the power of God like never before. Jesus was in constant movement, and it didn’t matter what the rest thought about it, it didn’t matter whether it was on the Sabbath, HE WAS ABOUT HIS FATHERS BUSINESS.

We sometimes fear what others will think about us, in the worship service to let loose and let God have his way, at work, at school, in the streets. Some seem sometimes even ashamed to call themselves Christians. But I’m here tell you I’m not ashamed to be a Christian, I’m not ashamed to be a member of the Church, the Body of Christ, I’m not ashamed to represent JESUS CHRIST. I’m glad to know who the head of the Body is, and he is still on the throne, He is still King of kings, Lord of lords, He is still JESUS CHRIST the head of the Church of the living God! We must be in constant movement. The saying say’s that a target who is not in constant movement is an easy target. Satan would desire the Church in these last hours before the rapture to be at a still, not moving.

We become easy targets for Satan and his tactics when we become comfortable and are at a stand still. We become easy targets when we are not moving. The devil enjoys it when the Church and its members become so comfortable that they feel no urgency to preach, evangelize, pray, fast and seek God our their faces, the devil desires this.

But what Satan does not like, is when the Church is in constant movement, physically, mentally and spiritually. Physically out in the streets, prisons, hospitals, shelters preaching the gospel, taking the message of Christ. Mentally, when our minds are made up, that we are going to move up higher with God, and Spiritually when the Church takes a hold of something special in the spiritual realm, that we can discern God’s will in all matters of spirituality. Satan hates a Church on the move, a Church in movement! We need to be in constant movement, we need to be a church on the move, a people in movement!

The Message of the Cross 
There is still power in the message of the Cross believe it or not. For in the cross we find the redemptive work of Christ and the price he paid for us that were at one point lost in sin. An old time Bishop once said, that sometimes it seems as if we don’t want babies in the Church referring to new souls, sinners coming to the altar, or to our local churches and services. He went on to say, it seems as if we don’t want babies in the Church, like if we want them to come all grown up, all spiritually matured. Some don’t want to change diapers, some don’t want to burp them, some don’t want to feed them, and others don’t want to teach them how to walk. But how can we expect them to come mature if we are not even going out to look for them, if we are not MOVING, if we are not constantly searching the highways and trodden down places for them.

Caring for a baby is a hard job, for those that have children know what I am talking about. At first there is joy when the announcement is made, “we are having a baby.” But when mommy or daddy has to wake up in the middle of the night because little old Johnny is crying, then we begin to realize what it is to have a baby, and some even begin to murmur and fuss. Is it not the same for us spiritually speaking? One author once said the best pastor is a pastor that smells like a sheep; that smells like dirt, because he has really been doing his job. Have we really been doing our job in the Church? My desire is that we, our generation and those behind us capture a pioneer spirit to go out in this world and tell them who we are, tell them about Christ and His Bride, be in constant movement! But what will it require in these last hours?

Hunger and Desire for lost Souls
We must have a hunger and desire for lost souls. A hungry person is a person one must stay away from! One person once said hunger can make you do crazy things! It is true, because it is an emotion which sparks the need to take action. Do we have that hunger and desire for lost souls? Or have we lost it? Or has it ever been present in our lives? The Church needs to re-gain a passion and hunger for winning souls. It seems as if somewhere down the line we have lost that desire, and once that desire is lost we are in dangerous ground, we need to find God’s will in these last hours if we plan to make heaven our home.

Our good Brother the Apostle Peter said it clearly in 2 Peter 3:9 – “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

The desire of the Lord is that none should perish, but come unto repentance. If we carry a Minister’s license but never once evangelize or feel the need to win souls, then you are just carrying a card like any other in your wallet. This is why Peter said, the Lord was not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness. That word slack means “not using due diligence, care, or dispatch, negligent, characterized by slowness, sluggishness, or lack of energy.” Some seem to have a lack of energy when it comes to the things of the Lord. We expect lost souls to wonder into our services, and though this could happen, it is rarely seen today. Our greatest need is to rebuke that sluggish spirit and move towards a desire and hunger for the lost souls of this world.

Witnessing is not about what we can do for the Lord, but it is what the Lord can do through us, but it will require a heart filled with the Holy Ghost. That same spirit, which was in Christ and empowered him, must be in operation today.

The Apostle Paul once told the Corinth church in 1 Corinthians 3:7 – “So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.” In other words Paul was saying that we need to understand our job in the Body of Christ. We are all servants of God working in UNITY one with another “provoking each other to love and good works” in order to produce a harvest of souls for Christ and His Church. The Church needs to go back to planting, watering and gathering of the harvest of souls! We need it, and are in need of such!

But in order for us to have that passion and hunger for lost souls, it going to take having Jesus in the front and center of our lives. The more passion we have for Christ will result in more passion for lost souls. This is why it is vital for us in these last hours to be fully in love with Jesus! THE MOST ENTHUSIASTIC LABORERS ARE THOSE WHO HAVE A HEART THAT IS ON FIRE FOR CHRIST! Are you on fire for Jesus? Remember it’s not about us, it’s about Him, and it’s about JESUS, it’s about the bridegroom, JESUS. We must have the mindset of John the Baptize speaking of Jesus when he says in John 3:30 – “He must increase, but I must decrease.” In other words, it’s not about our preaching, the words we use, how good we can put words together, how high we can jump or how fast we can run, it’s got to be all about HIM, HIM and HIM alone!

Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane
Though we mentioned that Jesus was always in constant movement throughout his time in public ministry, there were also times were Jesus would retreat and take time with the Father. Our local pastor spoke about this same subject a few weeks ago in our local church and I believe it will only be beneficial to mention it again.

That even though Jesus was in constant movement, he found time to be in constant prayer and fasting. It is very important to know and learn, that though we need to be in constant movement we must be moving in God’s will, or else we will end up looking like chickens running around with no head. But we know who the head of the Church is, JESUS CHRIST!

The Bible tells us that the night before Jesus was betrayed by Judas and arrested, for what would become the longest night of his life, ultimately leading to the cross, we read that Jesus took time to pray to the Father.

Matthew 26:36-39
36. Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.
37. And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy.
38. Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.
39. And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. Christ knew exactly what he would be facing in the coming hours and though his flesh knew the pain it would go through he found strength in prayer and constant communication with his father. There were two events taking place this time that are good to look at.  First we have Jesus praying and struggling to win a battle against fear and the flesh for he knew what was to come, and though he was divine, he knew that in the earthly body he had entered he would feel pain and so he prayed. Second his disciples who Jesus had taken with him. I believe their purpose was not only to be with Jesus, but Christ points out to them that they were to pray.

But the Bible tells us in the following verses:
40. And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?
41. Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

When Jesus encounters his disciples, he finds them asleep. At the site of this Jesus tells them not only to pray, but to watch and pray, the reason, so that they would not fall into temptation. Then Jesus explains to them the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

Our greatest enemy today is our flesh. Our spirit desires a move of God, the Holy Ghost desires to bring us to that place where he can move freely, but too many seem to be asleep sometimes. Even in the Christian world of today, and I am using this word Christian rather freely, because many claim this now and days. But it seems even among-st Christians a spiritual sleep has taken a hold of a lot of organization and religious institutions. What was once known as sin today is regarded as a sickness. Many that seemed to be doing their best to uphold the Bible to the best of their knowledge and ability today seem to have slipped away into a spiritual state of sleep. Those disciples that were with Jesus had fallen to this also. But this was not the only time we hear of this. The Bible continues to tell us:

42. He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.
43. And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy.
44. And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.
45. Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.

Not only did Jesus catch them sleeping once, but three times they were asleep. It seems as if they had become too comfortable by knowing the Jesus was close by. An individual can fall into danger and especially a member of the Body of Christ in these last hours, thinking that we are going to be ok spiritually without prayer and fasting. These disciples let the weakness of the flesh take over and thus became comfortable because Christ was nearby that they did not feel the urgency that Jesus was feeling at that moment to pray and communicate with the Father.

Some of us today have become too comfortable because we are members of the Church, because we make up part of the Body of Christ. But having your name on the membership role does not guarantee your salvation. A urgency must constantly be in movement in your life to seek, to pray, to communicate with God the Father, with our Lord Jesus Christ.

The flesh had taken over the spirit, and these disciples fell not once, not twice, but three times and the third time there time had run out for prayer, because Christ had declared “THE HOUR IS AT HAND”. For some it will be too late if we don’t take heed to those words. Let’s not wait until the hour is at hand. We saw the consequences of these disciples falling asleep. For one, Peter failed the Lord various times, and Jesus had warned him in the garden, the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

That is still true today. Some of us need to go back into the garden with Jesus and WAKE UP and move up higher with God, be in unity with God and one another. Provoke each other to love and good works, meaning look out for the well being of one another. What made the Church grow in the New Testament and this side of the dark ages? It was the genuine love that was displayed by those that made up the Body of Christ.

Let’s not get to the point that these disciples had fallen, feeling comfortable that Jesus was nearby that they fell asleep. There must be an urgency in these last hours to be in constant movement!

We must have a Pioneer Spirit for Evangelism
One of the greatest needs in our present time is to recapture that Pioneer Spirit; we need a pioneer spirit in the Church again. Such as those old time missionaries here in the United States that would travel hours and miles on foot, and sleep under a tree using a rock as their pillow, just to preach the gospel, that hunger to establish Churches, that hunger to be in constant movement working for the Lord, WE NEED THAT SPIRIT! I pray God saturate us around the world with a PIONEER SPIRIT!

We are not Victims we are Victorious
We have nothing to fear! The Bible declares to us: “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7) You know what Satan would desire is to inflict fear in us. Fear that we can’t reach this world, fear that we cannot grow, fear that we are not good enough to do the work. The religious world of today is looking for religious professionals, The Church of God is looking for willing individuals. That will say I may not be the best preacher, evangelist, teacher or worship leader or singer, but I AM WILLING, I WILL GO, I WILL MOVE, in Jesus name. We can do so many things in JESUS NAME. My local pastor said it and I’m going to say it again, we are not VICTIMS we are VICTORIOUS.

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