“A man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years.  When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been a long time in that condition, He said to him, ‘Do you wish to get 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.’  Jesus said to him, ‘Get up, pick up your pallet and walk.’  And immediately the man became well and took up his pallet and began to walk.” John 5:5-9 NASB

When I walk up to a store, I do not stand and wonder if the door is going to open.  I walk.  Why?  Because the doors will automatically open once they sense me there, and I keep walking.  You don’t stop and wait for them to open, you keep walking.  Some of you reading this are new.  You need to quit waiting for doors to open.  You need to keep walking.  1 Corinthians 5:7 says that we walk by faith, not by sight.  Galatians 5:16 says that we walk not in the flesh but the Spirit.  It is time for you to pick up your pallet and walk.  The devil will not quit trying to bring the old you back as long as your pallet is still there.  Make a declaration that you are never coming back.

 

God conquered the enemy at the cross.  That is why you can possess all that God has.  Deuteronomy 31:8 says He will lead the way for His people.  This is why you keep walking.  Romans 8:37 says that we are more than conquerors through Christ.  You have got to leave it behind you.

“So the Jews were saying to the man who was cured, “It is the Sabbath, and it is not permissible for you to carry your pallet.”  But he answered them, “He who made me well was the one who said to me, ‘pick up your pallet and walk.’”  John 5:10-11 NASB

The Jewish people didn’t come to him and rejoice because he was healed, they came and told him he couldn’t carry his pallet because it was the Sabbath.

 

Can you picture religious people?  Those who go to church and claim to know God but deny the power. They are only looking at the parts of the Bible that they want.  They are looking down their long hypocritical noses at him.  This man said I am going to tell you this, the One that healed me, told me to carry my pallet, that is why I’m carrying it.  You didn’t heal me, I’ve been here for thirty-eight years, and your religion did nothing for me.  Some of you reading this have walked in religion for even longer than this or even less, and it never did anything for you.  But God is saying to you, pick up your pallet.  You will have an encounter with God, and your life will never be the same.

 

God used the world, religion, and people deemed unqualified to you, and you are asking me who gives me the right to pick up my pallet?  JESUS!!  You are going to have people in your life that will say God won’t use you because of your past.  I want you to know that who religious people deemed to be unqualified; God deems to be qualified.  Pick up your pallet; you are not staying here anymore.

 

The Spirit of the Lord declares what He says is holy.  He does not need religion to tell Him what is holy; He is Elohim, He will declare what is holy.  He is God.  He will call you places where they will have to look at you and say you can’t do it so that when you do, they will only be able to credit Him.  He will take you, bless you and use you.  He will do things with you, for you, and through you that you don’t even comprehend.  Pick up your pallet and declare, I am never coming back.

 

Who gives you a right to carry your pallet on the Sabbath? Jesus.  Don’t talk about your past anymore; it is what you used to be, not who you are.  Jesus doesn’t remember, so why do you keep reminding Him?  When you pick up your pallet, you are declaring to people; I am never going back.  Declare to people; I am done!  Some of you have been delivered but have left your pallet there because it is comfortable.  Pick it up and walk.  God wants to launch you but cannot if you do not pick it up.  Your chains cannot be broken if you do not pick up your pallet.  It is time for you to declare, I am not coming back.  I am picking up my pallet.

This is an excerpt from my book Dead Man’s Bones.  It is available in our Hondo Carpenter Ministries Bookstore when you click here.

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