Wants Vs Wishes - Monday's Dose - 9th July 2012

Monday's Dose - 9th July 2012

Wants Vs Wishes

"Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, "Do you want to be made well?" - (John 5:5-6, NKJV). 

A Daily Dose Devotional Reader writes, "After many years of
counseling and prayer for help, my brother who has been a Christian for many years, can't seem to let go of his emotional problems and failures. Is there anything I can say to help him forgive himself? What might be holding him back from finding healing and freedom?"

There may be any of a number of reasons why this man seems to
be "stuck" in his situation. One may be that deep down he doesn't
want to get well.

According to research I have read from both a Christian and a secular source, of all the people who go to a counselor or physician saying they want help approximately 25 percent actually don't want to get well. Some of these people like to feel sorry for themselves and get some kind of satisfaction from seeking sympathy. A further 50 percent expect the counselor or physician to heal them. Only 25 percent actually take responsibility for doing what they need to do in order to get well. One physician said that some patients would rather he operate on their body than they operate on or change their lifestyle!

Many of us say that we want to lose weight, too, but do little or
nothing about it. What we do is confuse a wish for a want. It's one
thing to wish for something, it's another thing to want.

As Jesus said to the sick person, "Do you want to be made

To be made well / whole, I need to be committed to being made
well/whole and accept responsibility for doing whatever I need to do in order to get well. I can pray forever about losing weight but if I don't watch my diet and get sufficient exercise, it's not going to
happen. And if I cling to my grudges and refuse to forgive all who
have hurt me, I won't get well either.

True, some ills and miserable circumstances are beyond our control but there are many that we can do something about ourselves. Yes, pray for wisdom to know what to do, for truth to see what we need to do, for courage to do it, and for God to lead us to the help we need to overcome. When we do our part, we can be sure that God will do his.

The bottom line is do we truly want to be made well / whole?

Prayer: "Our Most Merciful Father in Heaven, please help me to accept responsibility in every adverse situation that comes my way. Besides trusting in you, help me to see what I can and need to do to make healing and wholeness possible. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus loving Name I Pray, Amen."

Have a Blessed Monday and God Bless you all.
Courtesy : Daily Dose Devotionals Team


  1. Thanks a lot for the pick
    Keep writing, keep posting
    May God continue to bless
    With Best Regards and Prayer
    Br, Phil
    Please remove the word verification, it will irritate your readers. Thanks.


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