Do You Want to Get Well?

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“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

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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:

http://joannfore.com/find-your-voice/

Or consider joining the Facebook party on November 4th.  She will be giving away a complete Book Study Package.

https://www.facebook.com/events/652230054808731/

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.”

8 thoughts on “Do You Want to Get Well?

  1. Sarah Knepper

    I love this truth Cheryl. It is painful to deal with the past but once that’s over we can rejoice in all the good things God has given us and be at peace about what happened before. Our past is not forgotten by God. He will restore us!

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  2. shanyns

    I love how you honour your scars and don’t deny that there were injuries there, but that you are humble in the healing. So encouraging! Love your voice. Bless you!

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  3. My Secret Place

    It’s those “God questions” that sound simple yet hit the very core of our issue. Healing hurts. Progress is painful. But it is oh, so worth it all! Thank you for sharing your heart and voice.
    p.s. thank you for including that commentary
    To teach him the value of mercy and excite in him desires after it.
    what a rich nugget right there!

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