Devotional 5/13

One man, who had been sick for 38 years, was lying there. Jesus asked him, would you like to get well? The sick man answered Jesus , “Sir, I don’t have anyone to put me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I’m trying to get there, someone else steps into the pool ahead of me. John 5:5-7

Everybody’s got a past. The past does not equal the future unless you live there.
Tony Robbins

Have you ever met people who have obviously been affected by life in such a way that they are heavy burdened? It is obvious they have been victimized by life in some way? Some people are victims of life, they were sick all their life and are a victim to their circumstance. Others have been mentally, or physically abused and have serious attitude and relational problems because they became victims of their circumstance. Other people have made so many mistakes, that they became victims of life to their own demise resorting to substance abuse or addiction, even homelessness.

This man in the pool of Bethesda was a victim of circumstance, for 38 years. That’s a long time, and no different than many of us who go on through life with habits and detrimental thought patterns. For example, someone like Joyce Meyer who speaks of being sexually abused by her father for 20 years or so, was a victim of circumstance. She was angry, bitter and a gossip, she did not trust men at all, much less willing to submit to a man’s authority. Joyce Meyer had to overcome her circumstance, by first admitting that she needed to change. She could not change by holding on to the fact, that her father abused her and her mother neglected caring for her. The handicapped man in the book of John was holding on to the fact that nobody helped him get into the pool to get his healing. And yes, it was true nobody did help him. But he cannot control outside circumstances, just like Joyce Meyer could not change her father’s behavior or what had happened to her. She had to take responsibility for herself by taking the help Jesus offered her. 

The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over,
you cannot move forward.
Steve Maraboli

When bad things happen we have 3 choices: we let it define us, destroy us or strengthen us. The handicapped man’s problem wasn’t entirely his disability, it was his perception. The more I live life, and walk with Christ the more I see that it’s a faulty perception which gets us into trouble. Jesus did not ask him for reasons why he thought he was still disabled- Jesus asked him, do you want to be healed!? That’s like if somebody asks me, do you want me to give you 300, 00 thousand dollars for your start up business; and I say I haven’t been able to get the money because I was out of work for a while. Instead of saying YES! GIVE ME THE MONEY, THANK YOU! You can’t undo the past, so why even mention it? You should choose to let go and move on. 

In the process of letting go, you will find your SELF.

Let’s pray:

Thank you lord for your patience with each and every single one of us. For caring for us like the perfect father that you are, may your sons and daughters and even those that will be coming to you, receive forgiveness and love from you. May they receive so much love that they would forgive themselves, and love themselves fully. In Jesus name, Amen. 

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