Jan 29, 2008 | Good News Daily, Jan 2008

John 5:1-18 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?” (v.6 NIV)

The handicapped man in this Scripture had been waiting to be healed for 38 years. I am 38; he had been waiting for healing as long as I’ve been alive! I can relate to this man. I spent most of my life handicapped by depression, fear, and low self-esteem. I asked the Lord why I wasn’t getting better and this picture came to my mind:

I was seated in a fetal position in the middle of a prison cell. Beside me lay open wrist and ankle shackles. All four walls of the prison had been demolished and lay in ruins. The Lord had demolished the strongholds of depression, fear, and low self-esteem. However, I had grown comfortable in that prison and stubbornly refused to leave. I felt the Lord calling me to stand and walk out of that demolished prison with my hands held out, in a cupped position, to receive His healing.

The Lord was asking me, “Do you want to get well?” Yes, I did; so I stood and walked out. Praise You Lord for my freedom. Amen.

Genesis 15:1-11, 17-21; Psalm 45; Hebrews 9:1-14

Until next time blessings and healing

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