by Eric Dunbar
“Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying.”
Your Faith Can Deliver Your Friend
Is your addicted friend searching for freedom from drugs? Why not bring them to Jesus. That’s what the friends of the paralytic man in the Bible did (Mark 2:3-12). The man in this story did not have a drug addiction, but he had a condition that he was helpless to do anything about.
Thank God, this man had believing friends who would not leave him in his dilemma. His friends had obviously done all they could to help him. They had probably gone to the best physicians in the land, and they had no doubt tried every healing herb suggested to them, but still their friend could not walk. But they didn’t give up; they decided to use the only available option left—their faith.
They heard about Jesus, how He went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil (Acts 10:38), so they decided to bring their friend to Jesus. In desperation, they took their friend to Jesus. But when they got to the house where Jesus was, there were so many people, they couldn’t even get close to the door. But that didn’t stop these men. Determined to get their friend to Jesus, they carried their friend to the roof of the house. Then they tore a hole in the roof and let their friend down into the room where Jesus was.
Amazed when He saw their faith, Jesus said to the paralytic man, “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” Immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went out in the presence of them all, so that all were amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”
Addiction is a Paralyzing Disease
Drug addiction can be paralyzing to its victims. People who are held captive to a drug are in a state of paralysis, being unable to do help themselves escape their dilemma. When I was held captive to crack cocaine I wanted to help myself, but I lacked the strength or the ability to do anything to stop using the drug. But I had a believing friend, who would not leave me in my misery. She brought me to Jesus and I am convinced that the actions of my believing friend began the transformation from addiction to freedom.
If you are a believing friend of someone who is addicted to drugs, you can play a major role in their deliverance. God will deliver your friend because of your faith. The Bible says that whoever believes in Jesus will not be but to shame (Romans 9:33).
When we come to the end of ourselves we discover that nothing we do can change our predicament. We try everything we know to do but still our condition remains unchanged. If you know someone like that, reach out to them. Tell them that you know somebody who can change anybody. His name is Jesus.