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Do You Want To Be Made Well?

Do You Want To Be Made Well?

Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, "Do you want to be made well?" John 5:5-6 (NKJV)

"It's too simple," some would say when they are told about salvation being a "Free" gift.  Others would comment, "I could never be forgiven."  And still others may say, "To simply say a prayer could never cover the sins of certain people - God could never love them or forgive them for what they've done." 

These are just a few of the remarks and responses that I have heard, and I am sure there are thousands of statements like this that many of you have heard, or even said at one point.  But the fact of the matter is that God has made salvation very simple and available to...(Drum roll please...), "Everyone!"   That's right, and it's biblical - I don't make the rules, I just try to abide in them.

Q:    So, what's the problem?  Why do we find it so hard to believe that God wants to have a relationship with us personally?

We are told in Revelation that Jesus is standing at the door to our heart and He is knocking.

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. Revelation 3:20 (NKJV)

Q:    Is it because we are so prideful that we feel that we need to earn our way - to have more good than bad on the old accounting spread sheet?

That's not what we are told in Ephesians.

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 (NKJV)

Q:    Do we believe that we are good enough by judging our actions against other peoples sinful behavior - is that how we justify that we should be allowed in Heaven?

God doesn't judge us by looking at the outside of us - how it appears that we are conducting ourselves; He looks to the heart of man.  We can see this in these following two scriptures.

...For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." 1Samuel 16:7 (NKJV)

that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:9-10 (NKJV)

God has already decided how He wants to forgive us, and bless us - we just need to decide whether we want to be forgiven and blessed.  Once Jesus told a paralytic man his sins were forgiven, and it angered the self-righteous religious Scribes that looked on.  Jesus knowing their hearts simply looked over at them and asked them a simple question to show that He had the "Authority," and the "Power."  We see this recorded in the Book of Matthew.

For which is easier, to say, "Your sins are forgiven you,' or to say, 'Arise and walk?' But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins" - then He said to the paralytic, "Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house." Matthew 9:5-6 (NKJV)

And on another occasion Jesus simply asked a crippled man, "Do you want to be made well?" (See John 5:5, 6)

Here me in this; I don't know what you are dealing with in your spiritual walk - I don't know what tactics and lies the enemy is deceiving you with that may be keeping you from fully surrendering your life to Christ; but I know that God has the authority and the power to heal you today.

I don't know if you are lost or saved - but I know someone who does, and He wants to heal you fully of every evil thing that is plaguing you and keeping you in spiritual bondage.  So I will simply ask this one final question.

Q:    Do you want to be made well?

If you answered yes to this, then simply cry out to God today.  "Lord, heal me - make me well!"  He will heal you and set you free.

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn about God's grace, mercy, and willingness to heal us in these Scriptures contained within this devotional?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Is there something you would like to be healed of today?

APPLICATION: Seek the Lord right now and ask Him to heal you by His power.

If you are ready to turn from your sins today and believe in Jesus Christ so that you can receive the forgiveness of sin and the hope of eternal life, then repeat this prayer quietly in your mind as I lead you.

Heavenly Father, I acknowledge that I am a sinner, and I'm sorry for my sin.  Forgive me Lord.  I turn from it now.  I believe that Jesus died on the cross, shedding His blood as full payment for my sins - past present and future - and by rising from the dead He demonstrated that He is God.  

As best as I know how, I am believing in Him, putting all my trust in Jesus Christ as my personal Savior as my "ONLY" hope for salvation and eternal life.

Jesus, I ask you to come into my heart and my life right now.   Wash me - cleanse me and make me whole. Write my name in your Book of Life.  Come be my Lord, my Savior, and my friend.  Empower me and fill me with Your Holy Spirit and make me new.  Help me as I choose to follow you all the days of my life.  I ask that You will give me increasing faith and wisdom and joy as I study and believe Your Word.  In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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