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Do You Want It or Not?

The Watered Soul: Do You Want It or Not?

Nov 10, 2010

Do You Want It or Not?

Do you want to get well? John 5:6b (NIV)

John 5

 

Seems like a rather strange question to ask a sick person. Does it not? But it’s easy to find comfort even in a place of sickness and be satisfied to just complain. While most people would readily seek physical wellness, one can easily overlook the “sick” ideologies, attitudes, and heart conditions that govern our lives.  For we all can think of some good reason why we have the right to be in that condition. Just as He did for the lame man at the pool, Jesus offers us  the opportunity to lay aside all the reasons why. And He asks do you want to get well?

 

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At November 10, 2010 at 1:25 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blessings Wanda... I'm so thankful for the HEALER making me completely well inside and out and that I am more than willing to ask Him to help me into the "pool of healing waters". I just read this in my Daily Reading plan and I thought, who would say that they did not want to get well? Yet, you're right, good point you made! But I also think some of us, are ignorant or unaware of what needs healing in us.

Praising Jesus that He's still healing and He's the GREATEST PHYSICIAN for all we need! That He searches and knows our hearts and if we desire for all to be well in our souls... not to wallow and complain or use it as a "crutch".

Peace in Christ and wellness,
Peggy
amazing Grace... (I'm signed out sorry)

 
At November 10, 2010 at 1:41 AM , Anonymous jhunnelle said...

Sad to say, sometimes instead of running to Jesus when we're sick we run to the hospital. Praise Him for He is our great healer not only physically and emotionally but most of all spiritually.

Blessings!

 
At November 10, 2010 at 2:07 AM , Anonymous ozjane said...

Such a good question as so often we sabotage our own good health.

 
At November 10, 2010 at 3:15 AM , Blogger welcome to my world of poetry said...

A good question, and a good post to read.

Have a nice day.
Yvonne.

 
At November 10, 2010 at 4:51 AM , Blogger gemini said...

Yes...the truth about this world is really hurting but God heals our sick souls.

 
At November 10, 2010 at 4:58 AM , Blogger GlowinGirl said...

I love that Jesus asked that question -- that He put that thought out there for all of us. Do we truly want it? Do we want to let go of those things that make us sick?

Something good to ponder, Wanda. Thanks!!

 
At November 10, 2010 at 5:15 AM , Blogger a sojourner said...

Shalom friend:)

Wanda, right up until recently i desired physical healing. living with this disease is very painful and one finds that as the weeks/months pass by, your personal activities become very limited. it makes living very uncomfortable for you. but having said that, i realize that being spiritually healed and having a FULL relationship with our heavenly Father is first and foremost the important thing that matters. as my physical limitations dwindle, my relationship with Him improves beecause i spend more time with Him. what's wrong with that. sure, i have days that i don't always feel this way. i gotta be real here. will tell you another reason as well. since i'm a sheep thats prone to wander....i worry that if God did heal me, i might wander off back to the world and forget about Him and what He has/had done. that could easily happen for me sis. i NEVER want to forget or toss what He has given me already aside....and walk away from Him.

 
At November 10, 2010 at 5:45 AM , Blogger Amy said...

YES! I want to be well in Him! Cured of my unfaithfulness and doubt! Thank you for this reminder!
Happy WFW!

 
At November 10, 2010 at 5:50 AM , Blogger Brian the old man said...

This verse has special meaning to me. Thanks for sharing. Happy WFW!

 
At November 10, 2010 at 6:26 AM , Blogger lori said...

Good morning Wanda!!!
What a powerful image...we tend to want the "quick fix" don't we? Sometimes the Lord's approach is a little longer process...soooo good!!! This weekend we heard a message on healing and deliverance...it's a process of trust...this was awesome!!
Peace,
Lori

 
At November 10, 2010 at 8:47 AM , Blogger Susan said...

I don't think there is any more POWERFUL truth then in that question Jesus asked the man.

All of seem to make excuses for our failings and weaknesses in our lives, while Jesus is there WAITING for to make us WHOLE.

GREAT word.

 
At November 10, 2010 at 10:24 AM , Blogger Pia said...

a specific question that's waiting for a specific answer.

YES Lord!

how awesome our God is.

 
At November 10, 2010 at 11:24 AM , Blogger Joanne Sher said...

Soooo true, Wanda. It's easy to "rest" in our illness - but God wants SO much more for us, if only we ask.

 
At November 10, 2010 at 11:39 AM , Blogger BLUEBUTTERFLY said...

Jesus asked some pointed questions in the Bible, and this is definitely one of the. We have to have the will to accept the way to be well. Jesus is certainly willing to make us well. Lord, help us accept your offer of wholeness.

 
At November 10, 2010 at 12:20 PM , Blogger Cathy said...

Isa 53:5 -
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
Thanks the Lord!

 
At November 10, 2010 at 1:20 PM , Blogger e-Mom said...

A timely challenge! Happy WFW, Wanda.

 
At November 10, 2010 at 2:00 PM , Blogger Lorena G. Sims said...

We all need healing both physically and spiritually. All we need is to ask, trust, and have faith in him. What a wonderful post.

 
At November 10, 2010 at 2:07 PM , Anonymous LauraLee Shaw said...

Ohhhhh, that gave me chill bumps! Powerful!

 
At November 10, 2010 at 2:13 PM , Blogger Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

i love this post wanda - sadly, there are those who DON'T want to get well. But praise God we know the ultimate Healer!

 
At November 10, 2010 at 4:21 PM , Blogger Amanda said...

Short, sweet and to the point... love this WFW!

 
At November 10, 2010 at 6:07 PM , Blogger Maxine said...

Wow. That is a powerful question and we need to definitely seek an answer. We need to be honest with ourselves and God and seek His healing. Bless you, Wanda. Nice hearing from you today.

 
At November 10, 2010 at 6:36 PM , Blogger Karen said...

Awesome devotion, Wanda!

 
At November 10, 2010 at 7:37 PM , Blogger Alicia, The Snowflake said...

Great post! It is definitely a choice. We have to want to be healed. Thanks for that great reminder today. Happy WFW!

 
At November 10, 2010 at 8:49 PM , Blogger Arlee Bird said...

You are so right about this. I think there are some people who wouldn't know what to do without their ailments. They like the attention and it gives them something to talk about.
Such a sad way to live ones life.

Lee
Tossing It Out

 
At November 10, 2010 at 9:12 PM , Blogger Stuff could always be worse said...

I agree with this post. Healing of the attitude, etc. is very important. Love this post.
kim

 
At November 10, 2010 at 9:15 PM , Blogger Connie Arnold said...

Your post sure makes me stop and think. I pray for other people's healing, but don't really ask for my own usually. Praise God for the healing power available to us!

 
At November 10, 2010 at 10:33 PM , Blogger Wanda said...

I've been blessed by each of your comments and if you have email expect personal replies. Bud (sorry haven't gotten used to calling you sojourner ;) you make an interesting point. Reminds of the 10 lepers when only one remember to come back and say thanks.
Arlee, I so agree. It seems like some people try to out do others with complaining.
Connie, sometimes it's easier to believe for someone else healing rather than our own.

 
At November 11, 2010 at 9:26 AM , Blogger Lon said...

Thank you for sharing this nice post! I became a follower to your blog, and your welcome to follow mine if you want.

God bless you!!!

 
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At November 11, 2010 at 6:39 PM , Blogger Ellen aka Ella said...

Wow Wanda, it makes you reflect, I do think it can be a burden and sometimes over lap into a pamper fest. I do want to get well, but it won't happen in my lifetime. My disease generates to much $ and jobs.
I hope n' pray, some diseases will
be cured! xXx

 
At November 12, 2010 at 8:03 AM , Anonymous Andrea said...

Sometimes the condition last so long that we forget that nothing is impossible for God. He is able to heal us inside and out; physically, emotionally and spiritually.

 
At November 12, 2010 at 8:06 PM , Blogger Amydeanne said...

ain't that the question of all time? LOL. I love it!

 
At November 12, 2010 at 10:09 PM , Blogger MTJ said...

Hi Wanda,

As I read this post, I found myself going back to the scriptures and reading more about the encounter between Jesus and this man.

I asked myself what does this say to me personally? I reflected on your something you said, "...Jesus offers us the opportunity to lay aside all the reasons why."

How often do I offer plausible reasons why?

Is this encounter a metaphor for a spiritual condition?

The man wanted to be healed because he kept returning to the pool and yet He also believed someone would always be preferred over him. Did he think he was unworthy of healing?

How does my view of myself affect my concept of God?

You've (once again) stimulated some questions which I will seek to answer. I've begun writing a book and I no longer have time to read many of the blogs that bless, inspire and encourage me.

I didn't want to allow the week to escape me without visiting The Watered Soul.

Blessings and peace.

MTJ

 
At November 12, 2010 at 10:14 PM , Blogger Sharon Kirby said...

Wanda,

I was reminded of this Scripture:

Matthew 9:12-13: "When Jesus heard this, he said, 'Healthy people don't need a doctor - sick people do...For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners."

AMEN?

I'm so glad that He has healed the diseased, sinful spirit within me, and made me whole. I pray for those who still need to know they're sick...

GOD BLESS!

 
At November 14, 2010 at 9:42 AM , Blogger LisaShaw said...

Oh this is RICH and PRICELESS!! A powerful question not only did the LORD ask of that man but of us, "Will thou be made whole?"

Amen and Amen Wanda on this message!

 
At November 14, 2010 at 9:42 PM , Blogger Wanda said...

Hi Lon, happy to have you stop by for a visit and as I have time, I'll be sure to visit your blog.

Ellie, interesting point my friend. I do believe there are some conditions that generate big bucks for those who manufacture products to treat the disease but God remains able to heal.

Andrea, so true. It's in the extended waiting period that our faith is under extreme pressure.

Thanks Amydeanne!

MTJ, now you make want to do another review of the passage. Those question you posed are some I need to meditate upon myself. Let me know when you finish the book. I'm sure many will be blessed by it.

Sharon, hadn't thought about that passage but it goes along so well. Even natural doctors require that the patient recognizes some type of "sickness" otherwise they don't offer any treatment. Love it.

LisaShaw, yes He's asking each of us.

 

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