[Reed Bogard: In the spring of 2009, I moved to Dallas with my wife (on an interim basis) and we lived there for nine months working out what was coming next. I called my buddy in California and asked to come to see him in Orange County for a week. I’m sitting on the plane (and I’m waiting to take off, waiting, waiting….) I complain a couple of times but to no avail. The lady says change your flight. So I do, grab my stuff and try to leave the plane. They wouldn’t let me get off the flight. So I embarrassingly walk back to my seat – everyone staring. So I’m sitting on the plane with no ticket at this point. I tried to get off the plane again and they tell me I’ll get arrested. Then out of nowhere, this 5 ft 7 guy with a plaid shirt, skinny says “Sir don’t cause any problems…” I said “sir mind your business…” Finally I got off the plane and got on a new one!]
HAVE YOU EVER FELT LIKE THAT? • Like you’re in a season where you don’t know which way is up, what’s next.
We live in a city where people come to dream, and somewhere along the lines — for so many — we get stuck. Like we’re not going anywhere. • Well, I bet you’re doing better than you think you are.
John 5:1-15 NIV
Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”
“Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”
Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.
The day on which this took place was a Sabbath, and so the Jewish leaders said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat.”
But he replied, “The man who made me well said to me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’ ”
So they asked him, “Who is this fellow who told you to pick it up and walk?”
The man who was healed had no idea who it was, for Jesus had slipped away into the crowd that was there.
Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.” The man went away and told the Jewish leaders that it was Jesus who had made him well.
CAN YOU PICTURE THIS? • A man next to a healing pool and he was there for 38 years. It reminds me of our city…
I remember going through seasons when I was younger when I would be seeking God and end up taking two steps forward and one step back. • There is hope in Jesus. With one word from Jesus the man was healed.
As you seek the next season in your life, you can trust God’s word.
Psalm 119:105 NIV
Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path
• It’s faith that keeps you going.
2 Corinthians 1:21-22 NIV
Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
• You can trust God is who He says He is. God is faithful. He’s just. He’s holy. He is our hope and joy.
John 14:6 NIV
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
• When you can’t see through what you’re walking through, there’s one place you can go: Jesus. You’ll find the answers in Him.
1) YOU CAN GET UP • You can get out of what’s been going on, the bad relationships; the mentality that holds you back. • Just be faithful with where you are at. Keep showing up. Stop complaining. Speak the future into your life. • “You are more than a conquerer. With God all things are possible. I know the plans I have for you…" • Declare the word and stuff will shift inside of you. • You don’t have to stay in the depression, the bad mentality. • Look at yourself in the mirror – speak to yourself. You are fearfully and wonderfully made.
James 3:5-10 NIV
Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.
• You can always tell what season we’re going through in our family by the scriptures on the mirror in the bathroom. • The enemy wants to feed lies into your mind. • “Don’t grow weary in doing good” • There’s too many people waiting on the other side of you getting up. Too many family members… • There’s a better you on the other side of you getting up.
Psalm 57:7-10 NIV
My heart, O God, is steadfast, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music. Awake, my soul! Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn. I will praise you, Lord, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples. For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
• Sometimes when you can’t go on, just worship. Praise God for what he’s done and what he’s going to do. The air you breath, the food on your table, your home, your friends, your church. • Don’t give up. Don’t give in. Keep going. You will get up.
2) YOU WILL GET OUT • Get out of certain things in your life: maybe it’s places you go, maybe it’s a relationship… whatever it is. Get out. Keep going. • I may not know what you did last night, BUT! Jesus went to the cross, and remember what he’s done – it’s so much more.
Philippians 1:3-6 MSG
Every time you cross my mind, I break out in exclamations of thanks to God. Each exclamation is a trigger to prayer. I find myself praying for you with a glad heart. I am so pleased that you have continued on in this with us, believing and proclaiming God’s Message, from the day you heart it right up to the present. There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.
• The best is yet to come. You can get up. You can get out.
Jeremiah 29:11-14 MSG
This is God’s Word on the subject: “As soon as Babylon’s seventy years are up and not a day before, I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to tak care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen. When you come looking for me, you’ll find me. Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed. “I’ll turn things around for you. I’ll bring you back from all the countries into which I drove you—bring you home to the place from which I sent you off into exile. You can count on it.”
• You are worth it. God loves you – despite your past. He longs for you. You can get up with Him, there is strength in Him.
3) YOU MUST GET GOING • Sometimes you just need to hear “get over it”… • The enemy loves to take our lives, push in on ourselves and make our focus about ourselves…what we’re not doing, what’s ahead. And we become inwardly focused. If the enemy can do that, he can isolate us, take us out. • People out there need to know your story, need to know Jesus. • There’s still people on the other side. • In John 5, the man was there for 38 years. But there were still others there. • God calls you to get up, to walk again, to dream again… there are others in this city that need that hope in their lives.
Matthew 28:16-20 NIV
Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
• There’s a life so much bigger than us – to reach this big world. • First we have to get ourselves up. And then the person next to us will get us. And so on and so forth. We’ll keep pushing. • Time is of the essence. I don’t want to waste any more time. • My prayer will look back on my life and have seized every moment. I don’t want to be lazy.
So many people need Jesus. I want to exhaust my life to help others. • Your family is waiting on you. • Your friends are waiting on you. • Your neighbors, your classmates, your country, the world is waiting on you.
Philippians 3:12-14 MSG
I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.