Let’s begin with asking a question. “Do want to be well?”
This is a blog post for healing. No matter your current situation—you can decide today to be well, and jump into the healing waters.
In need of emotional or mental healing? Healing from bondage; healing within a marriage; healing of a relationship; healing from addiction where it is drug, alcohol, sexual, financial, greed, gluttony, gossiping, lying, adultery, stealing, complaining, or food; let’s deal with the enemy within and be made whole.
You have the opportunity to receive your healing. The choice is yours. Do you really want it?
Personally, I am over it! I am beyond seeing women and girls grieving from past wounds, pain, and rejection. The pain is upon their faces. They use every muscle possible to push through a smile. The wounds are deep. And yet, there’s blockage when it comes to getting to the root and experiencing freedom. Some have become comfortable in their condition. Yes, it’s a condition.
In the Bible the Scripture is found in John 5:1-9 that says,
“Sometime later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for a feast of the Jews. Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?” “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked. The day on which this took place was a Sabbath.”
“If” has become the stronghold. The power behind the two-letter word “if” is choking the life out of individuals. “If” is killing us spiritually. “If” is paralyzing us.
“If” has become the main attraction!
“If” has become a part of our common vocabulary.
‘“If” is the illness, the weakness, and “if” is trying to hold us captive.
No sooner than we get over one negative mind-set, it seems we walked into a bigger one to take its place. We want to be free, but somehow we become complacent, stuck behind “if.”
We live with the terrible tension between what we experience and the life-speaking words of Jesus. In verse 5 we learn that there was a man who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. In verse 6 Jesus asks, “Do you want to get well?”
The waters are being stirred. Here’s an opportunity to be healed from past wounds, rejections, and pain that has had a grip. It’s time to lay aside the weight that so easily entangles. Don’t you want to be well?
Let’s change the narrative that has held us captive, which says, “I have no one to help me.”
Decide today to change to a new narrative by doing the following:
1) Choose to answer the question.
In verse 7, notice that this man did not answer Jesus’ question. He focused on how he has been ignored, mistreated, left behind by others. He said, “Sir, I have no one to help me.”
Many of us are just like this man. We give an excuse. We give reasons why we are still where we are. He says, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred: and while I am making my way, someone else steps down ahead of me.”
Now isn’t that just like you and me? We have issues, challenges, in need of healing, all waiting, and praying to be healed, and when there is an opportunity to be healed we offer an excuse.
In the Scripture it says he was lame. It never said he was blind. Therefore he had to have seen others were being healed. They chose to do something about their challenge.
The enemy within is telling you that you have no one to help you. That’s a lie. Let’s change that narrative. Jesus is here to help us. He is asking, “Do you want to be well?” The answer should be a resounding, “Yes!”
2) Choose to take the initiative!
This man did not take the initiative. He displayed no hope of ever being healed, and no desire to help himself. This man merely offers an excuse after being asked if he wanted to be well.
We are notoriously resistant to change, even positive change. We have ways of extracting secondary gain from our infirmities, and we do not easily let go.
Had this man become comfortable in his situation? Was he addicted to his infirmity? Are we addicted to our weakness, disabilities, wounds, and pain? Is it possible that our discomfort becomes comfortable once everything in our life is ordered around it? This lie makes it easier for one to believe they cannot be healed. Some go as far as to build walls of excuses around the situations in order not to face the truth. We sense the nudge that God is trying to get our attention, but we manage to ignore Him.
The enemy within is telling you not to take the initiative. Don’t believe him. He’s lying to you. Let’s change that narrative. Jesus is here to help us. He is asking, “Do you want to be well?” The answer should be a resounding, “Yes!”
3) Choose to be well.
Jesus refuses to give any attention to this man’s nonsense. He says, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” While this man is talking in circles—never answering Jesus’ question—the man is wasting time. We too waste time. How often do we put off until tomorrow what could be taken care of today?
You can begin a new life, one that includes the power of God over your weakness, your sickness, your addiction, your wounds, your pain, and your past rejections. You can choose this day to pick up your mat and walk!
The enemy within is telling you to give an excuse. Don’t fall for his lies. Let’s change that narrative. Jesus is here to heal us. He is asking, “Do you want to be well?” The answer should be a resounding, “Yes!”
4) Choose to deal with the enemy within.
Beginning June 5, 2017 let’s make the decision to be well by laying aside the weight of life, and deal with our past wounds, rejections, and pain.
We have a decision to make. We can receive healing or choose to stay in the same place we’ve been.
The enemy within is telling you to ignore this message of healing. Don’t fall for his lies. Let’s change that narrative. Jesus is here to heal us. He is asking, “Do you want to be well?” The answer should be a resounding, “Yes!”
Are you ready to deal with the enemy within? Do you want to get well? Do you really want it? Let’s jump into the healing waters together.
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