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Wilt Thou be made whole?

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You mean, will you heal me? No, I mean will you “accept” the healing work that has already been done for you…
In John’s Gospel ( 5:6 ) Jesus has an encounter with a man at the healing waters of Bethesda. I suppose that on the surface it might seem to be an odd question to ask of a man who had been “seeking” healing for 38 years, I believe that Jesus was wondering if the man really wanted to be healed or if he was content with the wages that pity paid him.

Our acceptance of Christs death on the cross as being on our behalf is our redemption in the eyes of God.It gives us the right to be called son’s of God and restores our right relationship with God, Who, after He originally created the world and man saw it and said that it was good!

Not sick, not crippled, or anything short of perfect!

Who so loved the world,(His creation) that he gave His only Son that none should perish but have everlasting life! He said “everlasting” life, because he conquered death,and sin, and sickness. (which is itenerent death) How strange then that people would beg and plead for God to heal them, and not receive it…It just makes no sense! Unless we see it as our own satan sponsored fear and negativity that we’ve given control of our thought life,telling us the lies that prevent us from receiving Gods love and healing…essentially, we’re standing in our own way, God is willing but are we “able” to get over ourselves? Thats why so much emphasis is placed on our thoughts…it’s “the battleground” of the soul!

Throughout most of our lives we’ve been conditioned to accept attention in place of love. By our repeated exposure to our own shortcomings we come to realize our “flawedness.” One of two things typically happens to us, we over compensate by becoming “ego-maniacs” and spend our whole lives terrified that someone will see us for who we really are,or we decide that our best advantage is to be “the victim” and collect the dividends of sympathy and pity other people will hand out to us. Both options are bad,and whats worse is that they both lead to DEATH! spiritual,physical,eternal, death. This surely is’nt Gods plan for any of us, “Wilt Thou Be Made Whole?” or will you believe the deceiver who comes to kill steal and destroy? will you be satisfied with the crumbs from the table of life? or would you prefer the blessings of the Father which are health and life and joy, not just for today but into eternity? Is there some way,that for just one moment you might comprehend just how much satan has already STOLEN from you? If that does’nt cause something to well up inside you then I’m not sure what will! I pray that it might em-bolden you to walk with clenched fists right up to the door marked FEAR and with one thunderous kick come thru it into what is your real life, joy, love,and relationship,with the one and only true God!

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As I have loved you…

As I have loved you... magnify

Lately I’ve been trying to figure out weather we’re supposed to love ourselves. I mean, on the one hand it says in Gods word that we should “love others as ourselves”…but then it comes back and talks about how men (in the last days) would be “lovers of themselves” like it’s a bad thing! How is it that we’re this “wretch” that only the grace of God could save,but we should still love ourselves? It seems to me that if I could “love myself” I’d have a really hard time seeing my need of a savior or understanding my own “brokenness.”

Our current school of psychology is all about telling us to “love ourselves” and other variations on that idea as it relates to our “self esteem.” From my perspective, I can’t see what it is we have to be so “self esteemed” about, can you? “Well, I’m a pretty good person” or maybe “I can do this or that better than most people”, perhaps “I’m so beautiful to look at” are some of the things we base our self esteem on. In the Bible it say’s that mans righteousness is “as filthy rags” and that “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God”

So then, what is the meaning of it all? How do we “love ourselves” without becoming conceited? How can we love ourselves when our sins have left a scarlet stain on our lives leaving us broken and “un-lovable?” What is it that we as Christians can say to a questioning world when asked if we “love ourselves?” I think the answer goes something like this…We can apply the idea of “love the sinner, hate the sin” in our lives, learning to see ourselves as God see’s us, (with compassion). Of beginning to recognize and love what there is IN us that is Christ! It’s in the reality that our only real basis for self esteem lies in the love that our heavenly Father has for each of us! I mean, talk about your “redeeming quality’s” …”well, I may be a this or a that but HEY, GOD LOVES ME! and I think that you might had oughta too! (lol) He loved me so much in fact that he sent his only begotten son to die in my place so that we could be redeemed and restored to a full relationship with Him!

I guess my biggest problem is the idea of there being any real love which does’nt originate with God…after all, GOD IS LOVE, he’s the source of all love, the idea that man can “make love” is a lie thats designed to encourage us to see ourselves as our own gods…it also leads people on a prideful goose chase forever trying to nail down just what it is we’re supposed to be so proud of…(pssst, the emperor has no clothes on!)