“Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. 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?’” John 5:1-15 (NIV)
“Sometimes it’s easier to hide behind the familiar pain, to replay the same movie, repeat the same mistakes, blame the same people. But that’s not God’s plan.”
Jo Ann Fore
What about you, dear reader? Do you want to get well? As Jo Ann Fore says in her book, When A Woman Finds Her Voice:
“Being healed changes everything.”
But oh how blessed the change is! The pathway to healing is like a marathon, not a sprint. Are you willing to press on in Him? The rewards are eternal.
Experiencing victory involves walking through the pain of our past. It involves confrontation. And as Jo Ann says,
“Speaking out means being real and being imperfect.”
This has been one of the hardest things for me in finding my voice; I have had to speak out about my past, revealing where I’ve come from.
Yes, I am a Christian. Yes, I am a pastor’s wife. And, yes, I have a painful past.
Yet my past no longer defines me!
And you, dear reader, “Do you want to get well?”
Jo Ann’s book has helped me work through the pain, by using my voice to make a difference. She has assisted me in this journey to freedom and purpose:
“Enabling me to move beyond lingering hurts and reclaim my stalled dreams.”
Purchase your copy from Amazon today, and join the FREE online book study:
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I close with a quote from Matthew Henry on why Jesus asked the invalid if he wanted to get well:
“To teach him to value the mercy, and to excite in him desires after it. In spiritual cases, (sometimes) people who are willing to be cured of their sins, are (still) loth to part with them. If this point therefore were but gained, if people were willing to be made whole, the work were half done, for Christ is willing to heal, if we be but willing to be healed.”