This month, Rev. Jackson is initiating a fast for the month of February. Each week’s entry will be posted on this page, so in the event that you miss a week, you can refer back here and see all of the posts. So check back on this page for each week’s Scripture, words of encouragement, and video!
Week 4 Scripture – Mark 2:1-12
In this week’s Scripture, we see a paralytic man that was brought to Jesus for healing. However, what’s notable about the man is that he’s different from other paralyzed men that we see in the Bible. Others were healed as Jesus was passing by, but in this instance, this man has some friends that took him to Jesus. He had friends that cared.
As we come upon this last week of our February Fast, we have to ask ourselves, who’s around me that’s willing to help me get better? It is a great thing to be able to go to Jesus for yourself, but it’s awesome to have people around you that are willing to do whatever it takes to help you get your healing.
In this text, his friends are so willing to get him to Jesus that when they couldn’t break through the crowd, they climbed on the roof, took the roof apart, and lowered their friend into the midst of the crowd. Jesus, seeing their faith, healed him. This is a lesson to all of us to not only be faithful ourselves, but to also keep faith-filled people around us. And as you’ll see in the text, not everyone is rooting for your healing, but as long as Jesus says so, you will be healed!
3 things to consider in this last week of the fast:
1. Who’s in your prayer circle?
We focus so much on toxic people in our lives, but if you allow God to pick your friends, you’ll have people around you so faithful, they’ll do what they can to get you back on your feet.
2. Are you willing to push through, no matter what the obstacles?
We see a man that couldn’t get to Jesus because of the crowd, but he had friends that were willing to get to Jesus by any means necessary. Will you let the crowds discourage you, or are you willing press your way to a healing?
3. Jesus is more than the world against you
As we see in the text, people will find any reason to keep you on your sick bed, even for just one more day (the scribes questioning the miracle of Jesus in their hearts). Some won’t celebrate your miracle, but that doesn’t mean that God won’t perform it.
Be blessed and I pray that you press your way through these last few days!
Week 3 Scripture – John 5:1-14
In this week’s Scripture, we see the lame man by the pool of Bethesda, waiting for the waters of the pool to be disturbed, so that he could jump in and get his healing. We see that he has a conversation with Jesus that ultimately leads to one question: “Would you like to get well?” Sometimes, it’s just as simple as that. If we give God the right answer, He can impart healing immediately!
Something else that stands out in the text is the fact that the man didn’t even know he was talking to Jesus, and yet, he received his healing anyway. This isn’t even mustard seed faith, it’s less because he had no idea who he was talking to. He just spoke his desire to be healed.
Last thing to consider here is Verse 14. Once Jesus meets this man in the temple, he tells him to sin no more or something worse could come upon him. This tells me that sin was connected to the lame man’s condition. As we look to God for healing and restoration during this fast, we must ask ourselves: How much do I have to do with my current condition? Something to think about, indeed.
3 things to consider in Week 3 of this fast:
1. You must be willing to admit that you’re broken
This man by the pool wasn’t under any illusions. He had been lame for 38 years, but nowhere in the text does it suggest that he was born that way. He knew he was broken and he knew that it would take a miracle for him to be healed.
2. Your healing is always available
God is not a first come, first serve God. This man thought that healing was alluding him because he couldn’t get into the pool fast enough. The truth of the matter is, his healing was as simple as answering a question from Jesus: “Would you like to get well?”
3. Even if you give out, never give up!
No matter his challenge or condition or even the disappointment of never being able to beat anyone into the water, this man made his way to the pool. He never lost hope and he was eventually rewarded.
Be blessed and we’ll see you on next week!
Week 2 – Scripture: Mark 5:25-34
In this passage of Scripture, we see the woman with the issue of blood. She had been in her condition for 12 long years! She tried every doctor she could and spent all that she had, but healing still did not come. It wasn’t until Jesus came by and she pressed her way through the crowd and touched the hem of His garment that she became whole.
However, it wasn’t just the touch of His garment that made the difference. The text tells us that Jesus said to her “Your faith has made you well”. The question for us in Week 2 of this fast is, do we have faith enough to be made well?
3 thoughts to consider on Week 2 of this fast:
1. How long have you been in this condition?
Here, we see that this woman had been suffering for a long time, and thus, we learn that suffering for an extended period of time is sometimes a part of the human condition. The text doesn’t tell me that she did anything wrong. She just had a condition that only Jesus could handle.
2. Are you pressing your way towards Jesus?
Just as we saw last week with blind Bartimaues, this woman not only knew that her healing was in Jesus, she also knew that in spite of what seemed impossible (the legnth of her sickness, the size of the crowd), she had to keep pressing her way until she got to Him!
3. The key to your healing is in your faith!
Have you allowed situations and circumstances to keep you from your healing, or are you pressing forward in faith? It wasn’t just about this woman touching the hem of Jesus’ garment, but it was about her mustard seed-level faith. She knew that she didn’t even need direct contact. She understood that His power was so great, that it even flowed through His garments. That’s faith!
Please be sure to check out the video for Week 2 at the top of this section to be encouraged further.
Be blessed and we’ll see you next week!
Week 1 – Scripture: Mark 10:46-52, Luke 18:35-43
In this passage of Scripture, we see a man in blind Bartimaeus who’s sitting by the road begging. When he hears that Jesus is near, he cries out to Jesus and asks for his healing, and receives it.
I chose this text for Week 1 because so many of us are like Bartimaeus. We’ve lost our sight. We may be physically disadvantaged. However, what we can learn from Bartimaeus is that we need to maintain our spiritual vision. While Bartimaeus asked the people that walked by for what they can do physically, he knew that the spiritual and supernatural things he could only get from Jesus.
Lastly, when we look at the text, we see that the people around Bartimaeus would rather keep him quiet about his affliction as opposed to taking him to Jesus for healing. Perhaps because they didn’t care, or perhaps because they didn’t want Jesus to know that they didn’t seem to care until He showed up. It isn’t until Jesus stands up for Bartimaeus that they pretend to be interested. Sounds like us, doesn’t it?
3 questions I want you to consider for this first week as you meditate on this text:
1. Did you cry out in faith?
Understand that Bartimaeus didn’t cry out hoping for healing, he cried out believing! Do you believe?
2. Can you name your affliction?
Bartimaeus asked for a specific healing. He knew where he was lacking. Do you know where you’re lacking?
3. Do you have a testimony?
The text says that Bartimaeus received his healing immediately! God can move that fast! If you operate on faith as Bartimaeus did, I believe that even after one week, you will have a testimony!
Please be sure to check out the video for Week 1 at the top of this section to be encouraged further.
Be blessed and we’ll see you next week!