A Time to be Carried and a Time to Carry

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Deuteronomy 1.31 NKJV

“…and in the wilderness where you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a man carries his son, in all the way that you went until you came to this place."

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There is a time to be carried and a time to carry. In the wilderness, the Lord carried His people “as a man carries his son.” Forty years later, on the border of the promised land, God commanded the people to carry themselves. They were ordered to occupy and take possession of their inheritance. God would go before them into the promised land. He would fight on their behalf (Deuteronomy 3.22), but the Israelites must now muster faith, carry themselves into the battle, and possess the land “flowing with milk and honey” (Deuteronomy 6.3).

Fourteen hundred years later, a paralytic was carried on a stretcher by his friends and lowered through a hole in the roof of the house where Jesus was preaching. When Jesus saw their faith, He forgave the crippled man’s sins and healed him. “Immediately he... picked up what he had been lying on, and went home glorifying God” (Luke 5.25). For the paralytic, there was a time to be carried, and then a time to carry himself.

The crippled guy needed his stretcher until he didn’t need it any more. But he did not leave his mat behind. Rather, the paralytic “picked up what he had been lying on.” Why would a former cripple pick up a stretcher he no longer needed? Perhaps he did need it... to carry other cripples. There is a time to be carried and a time to carry. 

Early in my recovery from sexual addiction, I was carried to Jesus by people who cared enough to get me there. I was brought to the only One who could heal my crippled soul. I found sexual sobriety in a loving community of faith. Today, I must gather the strength to carry others to the feet of Jesus. So must you. This is the reason 423 Communities exists... to help men, women, and young people find healing in the aftermath and devastation of bad sexual choices.

There is hope. 


A Special Announcement:

423 Young Men is starting next Sunday, March 19th, 7:00 p.m. at Westside A Jesus Church in Tigard, Oregon. This one hour, weekly group is for guys between the ages of 14 to 18 years old who struggle with pornography and sexual habits they would like to overcome. If you are a young man or a parent and want more information, please fill out and submit the confidential form below. Thank you. 

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