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Sermon #22: Do You Want to Get Well?

"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 5:5-6 (NIV)

When one is not well, they tend to ask, "Does Jesus want me well?" or "Does He want to heal me?" 

These questions are wrong. You shouldn't ask them. Here is why: "A man with leprosy came and knelt before [Jesus] and said, 'Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.' Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. 'I am willing,' he said. 'Be clean!' Immediately he was cured of his leprosy" -    Matthew 8:2-3 (NIV).

Fact: Jesus wants you well. He is willing to heal you. He sacrificed His life for you. He will never forsake you - for you are the very reason He went to the cross in the first place!

Questions: Do you want to get well? How may one tell you do? Do you always shield yourself from evil? 

Listen to this, "See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you" - John 5:14 (NIV). This was Jesus talking to the man who had just been healed. Here is more, "Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word" - Psalm 119:67 (NIV).

Here is the deal: If you want to get well, say, "Yes, Lord, I want to get well!" After Jesus heals you, do not venture into the very things that led you into sickness in the first place. Jesus warns that something worse might actually befall you, because you will be acting like an absent-minded soldier. 

In addition, going back into such things might amount to saying, "No, Lord, I don't want to get well."

God will help you. He is faithful. Just ask of Him.