January 16, 2015
"Do you want to get well?" Jesus asks. Why ask a question like that where the answer is pretty obvious. Perhaps, it's not that obvious. When someone has been stuck for 38 years, that person may have given up. I think similar things happen with faith, and with addiction. You don't believe for so long that you feel there is no start believing. You get addicted to something so much that you feel there is no quitting. But this is not the truth.
Jesus already won. There is no question of will he win? He already won for me. When I realized this truth, I won. I don't know if this will make any sense to someone who might be reading this who doesn't have faith, but I was able to overcome some of my addictions because Jesus has already won. Now, taking that first leap of faith was a difficult one, but one only has to look at all the amazing miraculous things that's happening right around them, within them, to see that God is working to save them.
Application: pick another whole book of the bible, and listen to it whole.