Giants in the Land: Addiction

1Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town. 2 Some men brought to him a paralyzed man, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the man, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.” 3 At this, some of the teachers of the law said to themselves, “This fellow is blaspheming!” 4 Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts? 5 Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? 6 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “Get up, take your mat and go home.” 7 Then the man got up and went home. 8 When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God, who had given such authority to man.Matthew 9:1-8

As we have spent time with the giants in the land, we have visited things in our walk with Christ that can inhibit and prohibit our walk from going forward in the way God would desire. In this story, the paralytic is a great representative for someone who has dealt with addiction. Verse 2 states some pretty powerful things.

One way we carry people to Jesus is through prayer. Intercessory prayer gives us the privilege to bring other people, their needs, their requests, their pains to the person of Jesus.

 

Who are you in the story? Are you the paralyzed person in need of Jesus’ healing? Are you in a good place with Jesus? If so, are there others who you could be bringing to Jesus? Or are you like the Pharisees – doubting the authority of Jesus? Questioning whether Jesus is enough? Pray for God to reveal where you are and what to do next.

Keenan Barber