"Yet a time is coming
and has now come when the true worshipers will worship
the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the
kind of worshipers the Father seeks." - John 4:23

My Heavenly Daddy is healing
me from the inside out.

Transparency is Real.
Many times painful.

Daddy let me be secure in You only!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

HOW SERIOUS ARE YOU?


How serious are you to becoming well?

To receive help?

To walk through your journey however painful?

Those were questions I posed to myself. Many times having to remind myself over and over again, "am I serious on my walk?" Knowing my tendencies when things get too emotionally painful, I want to quit. Reliving painful memories is not pleasant.

I had to truly come to a place of being so tired of my past of shame, guilt condemnation, sadness, etc. and want so desperately to seek freedom.

Some people use the excuse of their problems to draw attention to themselves. I have seen this, I have even been this. They are not really serious at all in getting well. Only to say, "hey look at me." "Poor me, I cannot do this."

Jesus posed the question to the man who for 38 years was suffering with a disorder "How serious do you want to get well?"

This is also the question from the Lord to us, "How serious do you want to get well?"


"There was a certain man there who had suffered with a deep-seated and lingering disorder for thirty-eight years. When Jesus noticed him lying there [helpless], knowing that he had already been a long time in that condition, He said to him, Do you want to become well? [Are you really in earnest about getting well?]" —John 5:5-6

Isn't this an amazing question for Jesus to ask this poor man who had been sick for thirtyeight long years: "Do you really want to become well?" That is the Lord's question to you as you read these words right now: "Do you really want to become well?" Do you know there are people who really don't want to get well? They just want to talk about their problem. Are you one of those people?

Do you really want to get well or do you just want to talk about your problem?

Sometimes people get addicted to having a problem. It becomes their identity, their life. It defines everything they think and say and do. All their being is centered around it. If you have a "deep-seated and lingering disorder," the Lord wants you to know that it does not have to be the central focal point of your entire existence. He wants you to trust Him and cooperate with Him as He leads you to victory over that problem one step at a time. Don't try to use your problem as a means of getting attention or sympathy or pity.

When I used to complain to my husband, he would tell me, "Joyce, I'm not going to feel sorry for you." "I'm not trying to get you to feel sorry for me,"I would protest. "Yes, you are," he would say. "And I'm not going to do it, because if I do, you will never get over your problems." That used to make me so mad I could have beaten him to a pulp. We get angry at those who tell us the truth. And the truth is that before we can get well, we must really want to be well—body, soul, and spirit. We must want to enough that we are willing to hear and accept truth.

Each of us must learn to follow God's personal plan for us. Whatever our problem may be, God has promised to meet our need and to repay us for our loss. Facing truth is the key to unlocking prison doors that may have held us in bondage.

(Joyce Meyer)

14 comments:

  1. Yes, I do want to get well. I'm having issues with my Mom right now due to needing her financial help during my Husband's unemployment. I agree that we get angry at those who tell us the truth because the truth often hurts. I know God is using this time in my life to refine me and teach me to love at all times and to keep the faith. ((hugs))

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  2. that last line is right on. Facing truth..how ard it was to do that...to admit...to look...to know. Facing brought incredible pain but then healing. Stay strong RBG.

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  3. stuck-in-the-middleMay 13, 2010

    JBR great words. Hang in there.

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  4. AnonymousMay 13, 2010

    What about today? Does Jesus still heal? Listen to Hebrews 13:8: "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." Jesus still heals. He has not stopped healing.

    Some people are surprised that Jesus still heals.

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  5. No one knows your pain as well as Jesus does. We all share the common denominator of pain, and understand each other's hurt and loneliness. The Lord Jesus Christ is also in our group. God Bless.

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  6. Sweetie I pray for others who are on the road of there recovery to continue.

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  7. Keep on staying strong. Even if your dedication falters, *I* want you to get well.

    NOS

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  8. Bless you for keeping on keeping on. I love you.

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  9. Seriously good words here, JBR...I love Joyce's last paragraph especially....

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  10. This is a great post. Thank you.

    I'm reminded of God and the rowboat. Me, in the boat, rowing through my life with God, in the back, guiding me. God will always let me steer, if I want to. But he will never row. That is up to me alone. If I ever stop rowing, I'm dead in the water.

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  11. As hard as it is sometimes to hear the truth, it is always what we need to hear, and it shall set us free!

    Blessings~
    Laura

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  12. Great post, JBR! I've read a number of Joyce Meyers books and have found them helpful. What I find difficult still:
    Because I was raised in a highly dysfunctional household I am unsure what real families are supposed to be like. Sounds weird but I have had to learn how to be part of a functioning family without closing myself off. For their sake (and my own) I must be open to them because this is what God wants of me and how a loving family works. It can be hard at times. You are right, we have to want to get well.

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  13. Wow. Where was your site yesterday? When I clicked on your link it said page not found. Is everything ok? You had me a little worried!

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  14. JBR,

    Great post! I think it really hits home to so many that love to complain but want nothing to do with getting over things in their life. Then what would they have to complain about. Touche'

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

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