The Healing of the man by Jesus Christ [Yeshua] who has been sick for thirty-eight years at the Pool of Bethzatha (‘House of Mercy’ in Hebrew) should bring one question into our spirit. A large crowd of sick people were lying on the porches—the blind, the lame, and the paralyzed. Why did Yeshua saw him lying there, and knew that the man had been sick for such a long time; but still asked him, “Do you want to get well?” [John 5:6]. In this story, this man have had so many bad experiences and setbacks over the years trying to get into the pool when the Angel of the Lord comes to stir up the water for healing; yet was unable to position himself as close to the pool as possible and be ready for the ‘battle’ ahead. The sick man answered Jesus Christ, “Sir, I don’t have anyone here to put me in the pool when the water is stirred up; while I am trying to get in, somebody else gets there first” [John 5:1-8]. Logically, you would think after so many years – one would just sit at the end of the pool everyday and just throw themselves into the water when it get stirred up. The simple truth is that, so many believers have been trapped spiritually by the enemy for years and as a result, have been unable to re-positioned themselves for victory in Jesus Christ. Are you depressed , have fear, sick or worried about the future for a long time? Jesus Christ is standing close by asking ‘if you want to get well?
In the Military, there are various tactics relating to positioning deployed in combat to prevent being under attack by the enemy. Combat that takes place at night often requires more preparation than combat during daylight and can provide significant tactical advantages and disadvantages to both the attacker and defender. Let us not sleep therefore like others, but let us be watchful and sensible [1 Thessalonians 5:6]. Our enemy attacks all the time non-stop like a powerful force of attackers that goes forth like locusts to torment mankind and destroy [Revelation 9]. The enemy is of darkness and does all his planning during these period. Waging an attack with Prayer at these time provides a significant advantage in our battles. Our commander in Chief Yeshua, has thought us to pray very early in the morning, while it was still dark at a solitary place [Mark 1:35]. When you develop a habit of praying at these period you become that light which shines in the darkness around you. We are in this world of darkness yet it will not overcome us [John 1:5]. Position yourself not to be sleeping excessively and be discipline. Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion, stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere [Ephesians 6:18]. Prayer aids divine positioning; when you pray, The Holy Spirit positions you at the right place, at the right time, to be part of Gods Power and Glory [Acts 10:1-33].
Smoke screening is another tactics deployed by creating clouds of smoke positioned to provide concealment, allowing military forces to advance or retreat across open terrain without coming under attack from the enemy. The closest people around you ensures that , you position yourself to either win or loose in your battles; they either provide ‘concealment’ or expose you to the enemy. Our commander in Chief Yeshua knew he can’t fight the battle preaching the Kingdom of God alone [Luke 4:43]. He selected twelve disciples out of the many that wanted to follow him [Matthew 10:1-4]. Not only did Yeshua had disciples but also had an inner circle within. You need the closest people around to encourage but not to discourage you. Do you have people that are always negative and only able to tell you the truth based on their understanding but not in spirit? When Jesus Christ raised the twelve year old daughter of Jairus from the dead, He entered the house and did not allow anyone to go in with Him except three of His disciples -Peter, John, James, and the child’s father and mother. He did not want to give the opportunity to any opposition and negativity. Her parents were astounded when the little girl got up, but Jesus ordered them not to tell anyone what had happened. Why? the simple truth is that, it wasn’t Gods time. Positioning yourselves with people that talk too much about your affairs and victories exposes you to the enemy to be attacked [Luke 8:49-56]. Death and life are in the power of the tongue; Those who love it will eat its fruit [Proverbs 18:21].
The Sick man at the Pool of Bethzatha also identified no one was around to put him into the pool’. If you trust and position yourself to be helped by man, you will be disappointed . God does not trust his heavenly servants; He finds fault even with his Angels [Job 4:18]. Position yourself to trust in the Lord with all your heart. Never rely on what you think you know. Remember the Lord in everything you do, and he will show you the right way [Proverbs 3:5-6]. Another tactic on positioning in battle is working in ‘fire teams’ known as leapfrogging’ -where one team attempts to suppress the enemy while the other moves either toward the enemy or to a more favourable position. Yeshua said ”where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them”[Matthew 18:20]. Are the people around you prayerful and living a righteous life? Are you praying together with anyone? do you go to church to pray and fellowship with other believers? does your partner or spouse pray? These are some of the questions you need to meditate on, so you are able to position yourself to suppress the enemy all the time. Do not be associates with those who are unbelievers; for what partnership has righteousness with evil, or what intimacy has light with darkness? [2 Corinthians 6:14].
There are standard basic drills that all individual soldiers are supposed to perform if they come under fire in a battlefield. First of all, no one keep their heads up when coming under fire. Keeping your head up is simply pride in the spiritual sense. Pride is a spiritual entity that connects you with darkness – When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom [Proverbs 11:2]. Jesus Christ, said “For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted [Matthew 23:12]. Secondly, don’t position yourself telling everyone about your problems, but be selective with your ‘spiritual inner circle’; or you end up conceding defeat. You should position yourself to offload those cares to the One who has promised to care for you [1 Peter 5:7]. Remember we are not like others- one of our weapons is praise and worship; they are so powerful in breaking any chain of fears attached to our lives [Psalm 56:3]. Position yourself to give praise and worship to the Almighty God; it brings HIS presence into our lives in times of loneliness, rejection or Despair [Psalm 22]. Jesus Christ said, “…I have kept My Father’s commandments and remained in His Love” [John 15:10]. Positioning yourself to remember and obey -The Ten commandments. This ensures that, you are protected by God’s Love. Meditate on the Lord’s prayer (Our Father). Yeshua taught us how to pray because is the WORD – a powerful weapon that defeats the enemy each time in battle. Each sentence in the Lord’s Prayer is a sermon on itself [Matthew 6:9-13].
Don’t Position yourselves to destroy your soul trying to learn how to pray, but allow the Holy Spirit that lives in you to guide you to pray. Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave and be strong [1 Corinthians 16:13]. Positioning yourself through repentance and forgiveness ensures that, the Holy spirit stays with you. Repentance is playing our part where forgiveness is Gods reaction for our effort. Yeshua said, ”whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven will also forgive you your wrongdoing” [Mark 11:25]. Position yourself not to hold grudges with people, pain of the past and anger. God told Abraham my name is I AM WHO I AM [Exodus 3:14]- The God we serve is a God of Now, He Acts Now, He Forgives Now, He Delivers Now- Position yourself to stay away from sin Now. Don’t you yourselves know that, you are God’s temple and that the spirit of God lives in you? [1 Corinthians 3:16]. Yeshua said, the whole commandments is summed up in this sentence -You are to love ADONAI your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your understanding; and your neighbour as yourself- [Luke 10:27]. If you love God, you will position yourself, to follow HIS commandment’s.
Lord Almighty God, give me the Grace to follow your commands; position me for your Power and Glory in Jesus Christ name. Amen
Mark 5:21–43 Matthew 9:18–26 Luke 8:40–56 Acts 17:26-28 Acts 10 (whole chapter) Luke 1:37 1 Kings 19:3-5,15 Romans 8:31-39 Luke 18:31 John 1:11-13