Lifeway Church in Dacula, GA | Sundays 10 AM

Faith-filled Friends

Luke 5:18–20 (NKJV)
Then behold, men brought on a bed a man who was paralyzed, whom they sought to bring in and lay before Him. And when they could not find how they might bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the housetop and let him down with his bed through the tiling into the midst before Jesus. When He saw their faith, He said to him, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.”

Having faith-filled friends can help you receive a miracle! The paralyzed man in Luke 5 had four faith-filled friends who believed with him and would not quit or stop until he was healed.

The account of the paralyzed man who was let down through the roof was recorded by Matthew, Mark and Luke. From each of these Gospel writers we learn about the help that these friends gave to the man needing healing. The friends of the man apparently heard the news about Jesus healing other people. Obviously they believed the reports about Jesus enough to tell their friend and offer to take him to Jesus so that he would be healed.

A true faith-filled friend does not just sympathize or empathize with you to try and make you feel better. They do what it takes to get you help, hope and healing from the Word of God.

The paralyzed man agreed to go to the meeting where Jesus was and to be carried on his bed by his friends. When they arrived at the meeting there was no room for them to get inside where Jesus was. They became "creative" as they found a way to hoist their friend up on the roof with the intention of lowering him down in front of Jesus. Bold faith does not take "no" for an answer.

How many people would have turned around and went home when they found the place filled to overflowing?

While on the roof they had to locate the tiles that were directly over the head of Jesus so that they could let him down in the perfect place. They were so sure that their friend would be healed that they tore up the roof of someone they didn't even know. What great lengths they went to see him healed. Sacrificial love and persuaded and persistent faith.

Are we this type of friend? Do we believe God so deeply that we would go this far for someone to receive their miracle?

Ask the Lord if there is something that He wants you to do for someone that you know and love that needs a miracle.

I believe that miracles are happening everyday. I make myself available to the Lord to be used in someone's miracle. I am submitted and ready to do whatever the Lord asks me to do. I am filled with the faith of God and stand with others for their miracle.

"Heavenly Father, All things are possible with You. I am a believer and not a doubter. Use me to stand in faith with others today. I will be aware of people that need a miracle and pray with them, get them Your Word, and stand until they receive from You. Thank You for the grace to stand with others, In Jesus Name!"
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