John 5:5, 6, 7– 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 [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?] (AMP).
The King James Bible calls this fellow’s illness an infirmity. Webster’s Dictionary defines infirmity as weak, not strong, weak of mind, irresolute of purpose. Was this man ‘irresolute of purpose?’
Can lack of purpose really keep a person stuck in one spot for years?
Does it keep us?
Let’s ask ourselves some hard questions.
Have we become ‘irresolute of purpose‘, continuing in one or two teensy character flaws?
Are we willing to do what it takes to be free? Does our desire match our obedience?
Do emotions rule our hearts, heads, health and hands? Are we doing what we do from habit?
Is fear holding us back? What? How? Why?
Do we really believe that we can do all things thru Christ? (Philippians 4:13, Mark 6:1-6)
Prayer: Lord we’ve been stuck in _________________ for too long. Today we choose freedom. Give us grace to match our desire and then our obedience. In Jesus’ name. Amen.