I found myself in tears reading the account of Jesus healing the paralytic in Matthew 9. When I came to the words: Jesus seeing their faith said to the paralytic, “Take courage, My son, your sins are forgiven.” God wants the world to know that we can be courageous in believing He wants to heal our broken lives. God has good intentions towards us but the world has been listening to the Liar who saturates the airwaves with the very opposite message. The scribes in this story are those empty and arrogant leaders who claim spiritual authority over the masses and Jesus hears their judgmental thoughts accusing Him of blasphemy. He calls them out and asks: Why? Why are you thinking evil in your hearts? The question shall always be WHY, not what, not who, not when, but WHY. Their hearts were hardened by unbelief that God is NOT good and He is NOT with us and is NOT willing to heal. To believe what God says to us in the Bible is COUNTERCULTURAL and you will be persecuted for it when you speak out your biblical worldview. There is more at stake than your personal comfort. Have you paralyzed God? Are you willing to be the target of hostility because you actually believe God’s word? As much as I want to be loved by people, I see the greater agenda of heaven. If I don’t speak, the rocks will take my place. He did not redeem me for me to remain silent. He did not break me over and over to make me fearful but courageous and resilient. Jesus has given His believers the same authority to forgive and release healing for His name’s sake, for His Kingdom to come, on earth as it is in heaven. We were created to be filled with the awe of God’s glory, and to worship Him, and that He would share His glory with us who are loved by Him and who love Him above all else.