Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 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?” — John 5:2-6 NIV
On my phone which no longer has service is The Bible app from YouVersion. With this version come a whole caboodle of devotions that you can sign up to participate in. (Who doesn’t need a good devotion or two… or ten every now and then?) Sadly it has gone unused since March sometime, and I have fallen extremely behind on my daily devotional plans. So, this afternoon as I watched my husband leave off for work from his lunch break I felt a little bummed at his leaving and just sat on the bed not sure what to do, kind of wishing he would have made me one of his famous lists of “Things to do”, that I dislike so much.
Sure there is a ton of things I need to do. Clean the house, play with the website, translate some of the upcoming choir competition flyers from English into Spanish, fold and put away clothes, clean out the closet that has become more of a storage room than anything else, return phone calls from family, bake a cake for a friend, clean out the fridge, create a baby registry that I keep getting asked about from those wanting to know what to buy for upcoming baby showers (because I’m a particular/picky sort of gal), and probably half a dozen other things I can’t quite recall that I need to do at the moment. In those moments after he left I began to get overwhelmed with all that needs to be done and the short amount of time I have to do them, so I grabbed my phone and tapped onto my Bible app. After reading the verse for the day, and pondering over it a moment, I hopped over to my devotional plans and caught up a little for three of the plans I’d signed up for long ago: 30 Days of Bible Lettering, Love God Greatly – Psalm 119, God is Good, So Rise Up and Get Free.
While they all struck a cord for me somewhere in my soul one particular devotion really hit me. Causing me to think of certain family members, ex-coworkers, friends, and even myself in certain situations. After reading it I felt God nudging me to share it here on the blog; knowing full well that even though He has been telling me to do so for quite some time now, I have hesitations, and no real desire, to do anything with blogging due to my past blogging history. But as it says in John 2:5, “… Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.” So here is “today’s” devotion, from the “God is Good, So Rise Up and Get Free” study plan, by Bayless Conley.
The First Step Towards Freedom © Answers With Bayless Conley
Jesus asked this man a seemingly ridiculous question, “Do you want to be made well?” It’s obvious, isn’t it? He is at the pool, isn’t he? The only reason people went there was to be healed. What kind of a question is that to be asking? Of course, he wanted to be healed.
But Jesus was not convinced. This man had been stuck in his condition for a long time. He was not only lying down on the outside, he was lying down on the inside.
Sometimes people get used to living in their problems. While they may outwardly be going through the motions to get free (generally because they know that is what is expected of them), inwardly they have given up.
The first step toward getting free from your problems and that which binds and restricts your life is wanting it- really wanting it.
You have to stand up on the inside before you can ever stand up on the outside.
Let me be very bold and ask you? Do you want to be made well? Do you really want things to change? Or have you grown accustomed to living under the devil’s heel?
If you are tired of defeat, mediocrity and bondage, then stand up on the inside and say, “Enough is enough!”
It is the first step toward freedom.
— Jessica Quinn