After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had. John 5:1-4

Most of us are familiar with this story from John 5.

It’s about the pool of Bethesda and the healings that took place there. Not continually.  Only when the water was stirred.

This is the scripture the Lord spoke to me today as I was thinking about a service I was watching.

In this service, the preacher was preaching. They were not taking up an offering, it was the midst of preaching.

At certain times, people would walk up and place an offering on the altar. I see this happen quite often in churches. It was not a surprise or even uncommon. However, I began to think about what I was seeing. As I did, the Lord spoke to my heart.

He whispered, “it’s the same as when the angel stirred the water at the pool of Bethesda.” He continued to speak to my heart and said, “the angels stir their hearts when they hear an anointed word, when they walk up and lay down their offering, they are sowing into that word.”

He went on to show me that as they stepped into that water (of giving into that word) they were anointed to receive what they were sowing into.

They were stirred to sow into a message that touched their spirit. They responded. Their response opened a door for them. A door of healing. A door of deliverance. A door of restoration.

Proverbs 18:16 tells us that our gift opens doors and gives us access.

This is what happens when we give! Our gift opens doors and grants us access.

Oh, my word! This is great news! God was showing me something priceless!

When we hear or read an anointed word, we are stirred. If we move forward and sow into that word, we are opening doors. We are gaining access to what we need of. We are gaining access to the manifestation of the word we are reading or hearing.

Aha…now it made sense. I now understood why I often feel stirred to sow at a particular moment or into a timely word. This is the reason we feel compelled to sow into words that bless us. Our heart is stirred…thank God for the Holy Spirit stirring our hearts!

Know that when you read a powerful message or hear a compelling sermon, and your heart stirs, it is God stirring your heart. The next time your heart feels stirred to sow into that message, don’t hesitate. Sow…but sow knowing you are opening doors. You are gaining access. Sow knowing your gift is making room for you. The hearing of the word coupled with you stepping into the stirring of the spirit, is making a way where there seems to be no way. That is good news!

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