The Bible Says
The Bible Says was originally birthed from Maggie E. Nance, grand-mother. For years, her column was printed weekly in the SNAP and San Antonio Register. Her words of encouragement inspired many throughout the San Antonio community. My grandmother has graciously passed the torch and I Tracye E. Nance-Byrd; grand-daughter will be continuing writing this column in her place. It is an honor to be chosen to carry out this vision.
“This is the day that the Lord has made; we shall rejoice and be glad in it” Psalms 118:24
The Bible Says:
Psalms 1:3 “And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season.” All through scripture, we can see that God created rivers and other large bodies of water. Notice that these bodies of water represent nourishment from the word of God, soaking up God’s word and producing actions and attitudes that honor God, and they have no limits and boundaries but only continual flows. John 5:1-15 tells the story of the sick man that Jesus healed. Here the man lay on the porch by the pool, taking on a voluntary posture of 38 years of the litany of his complaint about his sad and miserable life. When we read this story, we see that around the pool were those that were sick (blind, lame, and paralyzed). Let us further identify the sick; blind -no vision, lame- loss of desire, paralyzed- stagnate, and unable to progress. The significance of the pool is not only the angel stirring the water, and a certain person is healed, but to expose the isolation and boundaries set for those with infirmities. God’s intention for man is that man never limit himself but for man to know that he could do anything through him, Philippians 4:13. Dreams and aspirations are impeded when you lie by the pool because the pool is human-made and lacks the continual flow and nourishment within its contents and substance that have the ability for you to grow and reproduce. As the story progresses, we find that sin caused the man to be sick. The sin of blindness-lack of vision, lame-lose of desire, and paralyzed-stagnate in our walk with the Lord. I encourage you not to allow sickness to become your lifestyle; pick up your mat and rise! No matter how trapped you feel, God can minister to your deepest needs. God has remarkable things for those who trust him. You say how do I pick up my mat and walk after years of willfully sitting in compliancy with no vision, desire, or progress? I say to repent for your sins, and God, who is faithful, will forgive you (1 John 1:9) and will give you the desire to pick up your mat and walk. In this story, there was no time for prayer meeting; Jesus gave the command; within the man grew his instinctive response and realization to his sudden healing; the straighter he stood, he realized he had the strength to do so.
Lord, thank you for forgiveness of our sins and cleansing us from all unrighteousness. You are a faithful and a just God. We were once sick, but because of your son Jesus, we are now healed. Thank you for your goodness, kindness, and mercy, in Jesus' name, Amen.
Tracye E. Nance-Byrd – granddaughter
Maggie E. Nance – grandmother & originator of column