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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Do You Want to be Well?

I keep running across that passage in John Chapter 5 that asks, "Do you want to be well?" I often think about this for myself, people in my family, and the culture at large. We love to complain. What would we talk about if we couldn't complain? What if we couldn't discuss our sickness or the hardships we suffer anymore? What would we hide behind? The man at the well was focused on what he did not have. I read that this morning. He lacked friends to help him and strength to carry himself. If Christ had not patiently continued revealing Himself, the man would have lacked Jesus. " I have no one to help me..." -John 5:7

"You have been on an uphill journey, and your energy is almost spent. Though you have faltered at times, you have not let go of my hand. I am pleased with your desire to stay close to Me. There is one thing, however, that displeases Me: your tendency to complain. You may talk to Me as much as you like about the difficulty of the path you are following. I understand better than anyone else the stresses and strains that have afflicted you. You can ventilate safely to Me., because talking with Me tempers your thoughts and helps you see things from My perspective.
 Complaining to others is another matter altogether. It opens the door to deadly sins such as pity and rage. Whenever you are tempted to grumble, come to Me and talk it out. As you open up to Me, I will put My thoughts in your mind and My song in your heart."
-Jesus Calling, Sarah Young, October 10th

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