Stop Blaming and Rise Up
When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, "Do you want to be made well?" The sick man answered Him, "Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me" (John 5:6-7).
This guy was basically saying, "It's not my fault. I'm in this condition because of what someone else won't do for me, and because of what someone else has done to me."
Think about it, "I have no man to put me in." Paraphrased that says, "I'm stuck because of what someone won't do for me." Or, "While I'm coming, another steps down before me," which paraphrased says, "I'm stuck because of what someone else has done to me." Either way, "It is not my fault."
After making up our minds that we want to be free, the next step is to stop shifting the blame to others.
A friend of mine migrated from Mexico to the U.S. many years ago. He didn't understand the culture or the language and seemed to be hopelessly locked into a dead end job.
His employer took advantage of him and it seemed like he had no way out. But instead of blaming others for his situation (which would have been easy for him to do), he decided to get unstuck and do something with his life.
It took several years, but today he has several businesses and is quite wealthy.
Do not get caught in the trap of blaming others. Instead, make the decision to rise up (something we will be talking about in our next devotional.)
God can bring hope to even the most devastating and hopeless of circumstances. He can turn impossible situations around, and save lost and weary souls. He has a way of reaching us just where we are.
In his booklet, There Is Always Hope, and CD/DVD message, God Pleading Through Us, Bayless Conley shares his personal testimony . . . how God transformed the life of a truly lost and hopeless soul.
God can do the same for you and your loved ones! That is why we would like to send you a copy of these powerful resources as our gift to thank you for your support of Answers with Bayless Conley and helping to bless others with the Gospel. So thank you for giving.
We pray that you and those you care about would know the amazing hope that God can bring today!