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Friday, 16 December 2011 03:54

Edited from a message by Ruth E. Fisher with permission.  Copyright 2011 by the Kathryn Kuhlman Foundation (used with permission).

 I’ve learned something through these many years.  His Word is true.  “With God all things are possible.”  Notice it is “with God,” I think sometimes we miss that part.  God’s word is powerful.  It is the guarantee of your faith.  Oh that we would have such confidence in the Lord that we would take Him at His Word -- simply because He said it.  That’s basic.  And it’s a hard thing to do sometimes, when you’re hurting or when you face a problem that you have no way to solve. 

 You can’t explain a miracle – you can only believe.  We talk about the anointing of the Holy Spirit – but we can’t explain the anointing.  You can’t explain it to someone who doesn’t know anything about it.  You can only believe it.  That’s because we cannot see the Holy Spirit.  It is something one must experience and I pray that you shall experience His power as you read on.

 Remember everything we receive is all because Jesus paid the price on Calvary.  And I remind myself of this daily – Satan is defeated.  Know that.   Because of the Cross you can have victory today and so can I. 

 I’ve made a study of the times Jesus dealt with individuals -- and today I chose this passage. 


 (Here Jesus had been going about all different parts of the country setting people free.)  After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches.  3In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. 4For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. 5And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. 6When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? 7The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. 8Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. 9And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.  (John 5:1-9 KJV)

 These are the days when they had the sacrifices.  The sheep were kept nearby and sold.  They would bring the sick and lay them in these roofed walks around the pool.  They were too sick to dress – to undress.  The thing that is interesting to me is that the scripture specifies those least able to help themselves:  the blind, the halt and withered (the lame and crippled).   Watch this most carefully because it gives to us a clue – a help – something we need to bring into our own lives.

 You know, we read the Bible.  We study it.  We’re very faithful but there are many kernels that we miss.  That’s what I want you to watch carefully as we look at this portion of God’s Word.

 I pray you’ll get this picture in your mind.  You see, the Word of God is about real people -- people with real problems – just like yours and mine.  There’s no difference.  These are ordinary people in the Bible.  They faced difficulties – possibly more than you and I face at this hour.  Three months ago (at this writing) I had a terrible automobile accident.  My car was totally demolished and I was seriously injured.  It was something unexpected.  That’s what’s happening to God’s people today.  There are so many things that we do not count on.  We’re close to the Lord and yet serious problems come.  This is why God’s Word is so vitally important.  I stand on these precious promises and I can live in victory.

Notice here, the angel would go down and trouble the water – that’s all that was done, nothing more.   The angel left it up to the one sick to get into the water.  And then only one was healed.

 I shall never forget, after I was healed, I was studying my Bible and I learned about the Law of Appropriation.  It changed my life.  It’s something I deal with even to this very day.  God’s Law of Appropriation, “God gives, but we must take.”  

 Joshua 1:3 tells us, “Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you . . .”  (KJV)  That’s what I want to stress -- the importance of God’s Word  – to use it as a weapon against the enemy of your soul.  This is vital!

 Jesus paid the price.  Everything you need has been paid for on Calvary.  But, you see, we have to receive. That’s what you’re going to do today.  That’s your part. 

 Now in this particular incident the Word says that Jesus saw a “certain” man, with an infirmity for 38 years and he comes and you know possibly, the disciples were in the background.  This was their learning period.  I think back to the years I was with Kathryn Kuhlman.  Little did I ever dream I would be doing what I’m doing even to this day. 

 Once Miss Kuhlman passed away I felt, “Well, that’s a part of my life that’s over.  I don’t know where it will go – maybe I’ll have more time to spend with my family.”  But God had other plans.  I was learning in those years.  God uses everything.  Nothing is ever wasted.  There is a purpose – a plan.

 Jesus walks over to this man and he asks a direct question, “Wilt thou be made whole?” 

 The man answers him, “I don’t have anybody to help me into the pool.  Before I get in somebody steps down before me.”

 And what does Jesus do?  He makes that statement.  Oh I just love it.  He speaks the word, “RISE.”  That’s a powerful word.  Have you ever noticed in all the Gospels when Jesus speaks to the sick, He most always uses a word of action, “Go,”  “Be loosed,”  “RISE.”  A word -- Something you do.  I don’t care how small your faith is.  You see here Jesus uses the word, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.”  That’s a strange command to give to a man who hasn’t walked in 38 years – very strange.  But, there – see something.  The Divine Word, “RISE” was to be the instrument of a divine power -- the Holy Spirit. 

To put it in everyday language, when Jesus said, “RISE,” it was a command for the disease to be gone.  God is faithful.  Now, I want you to see something.  Evidently this man had made the attempt many times on his own – to no avail.  He couldn’t rise.  He couldn’t get up.  Perhaps his parents may have done the same thing – but he couldn’t rise.

 But when Jesus gave the word, “Rise,” the Holy Spirit empowered that word and the man was able to get up – to walk for the first time in 38 years.  That always happens when the Holy Spirit is present and faith is there.  That’s the secret.

 I can’t begin to tell you.  Did you notice something?  Why didn’t Jesus help the man into the pool?  First, only the first one to get in was healed.  Jesus does for every one of us what the law could never do.  (Oh, I love this) Jesus was announcing “the new and better covenant” to those Jews as he walked into this scene to this certain man.  Second, the man was an individual.  He sees you right now.  He sees your difficulty and He knows what to do about it.  That’s what is so great!

 And again -- when you’re aware of that presence of the Holy Spirit -- the whole key is the Holy Spirit.  I pray you remember this.  When you become aware of the Holy Spirit that will be one of the greatest revelations you will ever know and experience in your life.  That’s what happened to me.  Sometime in your Christian walk you learn that importance of the presence of the Holy Spirit.

 I believe Jesus is speaking to every one of you today.  He’s saying to you personally, “What do you want me to do for you today?”

 That word “Rise” is just as powerful today as when Jesus spoke it two thousand years ago.  Jesus is saying to you, “Wilt thou be made whole?”  No matter what you face.  It can be NOW --  today  -- this hour.  All you need to do at this moment is TAKE what He wants to give you.  He’s more willing to give to you than you are to receive.

 [Editor’s note:  This transcript is taken from a message given by Ruth Fisher during a Miracle Service.  Ruth received the marvelous healings in her neck and back in May of 1951.  At the transcription of this message from a sermon given by  Ruth in Odessa, Texas in June of 2000, the year is 2007 and  Ruth Fisher is still ministering at 92 years of age.  Through the many battles and obstacles,  Ruth has seen the victory by putting The Law of Appropriation in action – every day of her life.] 

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