I wanna ask you one thing today. How bad do you want what you say that you need? That's a question that I had to ask myself for years, and for years and years and years I would say that I wanted a certain thing. I would say that I wanted change in my life, I would say that I wanted to be a better person, I would say that I wanted to be something else, better habits, better whatever, right? But how bad did I really want it?
There's a story in the Bible about this guy that was sitting by the pool of Gethsemane and all those details will be in the description below. If you're on iTunes, you can hit that Subscribe button, you can check out the details and you can also leave me a review, and if you have any questions or comments, you can email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. And if you need a coach, guys, and you wanna check out our free complementary session, you can also email me at email@example.com, and let's get you rocking.
But anyway, this character in the Bible. I don't believe they ever said his name, but this guy was by the pool of Gethsemane and Jesus is coming through town, and he's coming by this pool. What this pool was, was it's a place where the angels will come down and they would stir up the waters, and people would receive healing by dipping into the pool. This guy was there for 38 stinking years. That's a long time to be by the pool, by the place of what he called healing, right? He was by this place for 38 years. The Bible also talks about him being surrounded by people that were lame, mute, blind, deaf, paralyzed, all of these different ailments. But the Bible never says that the guy was paralyzed. The Bible never said that the guy was deaf, mute, blind or whatever, never said that. It said that the man had a spirit of infirmity.
Now, that in itself ought to preach to somebody today, that in itself ought to allow you to understand that it's not always the physical thing, it's sometimes the spiritual thing that's in your life. It's the thing that keeps you bound in the place of bondage.
And I asked something one time, I think it was on Facebook, "Are you really hungry for your recovery as you were in your addiction?" Now let me speak to that for a moment. It's not only the addiction of someone who has put a needle in their arm, or drinking that beer at 2:00 AM, or sniffing that cocaine, or burning that foil of crystal meth. It is not just the addict that I'm talking about. I'm talking about the person that knows that they are in bondage with anger, they have resentment issues, they have momma issues, they've got daddy issues, they've got physical abuse and mental abuse in their atmosphere, and they just stay because it's what they've been used to.
So that, my friend, becomes an addiction. It becomes a place in life where you get familiar with that thing, and you get comfortable with that thing because it's safe. You don't know how to leave that thing. And so I wanna speak to those people today. How bad do you want your recovery? Do you want it as bad as you want your bondage? Do you truly want it that bad? Are you ready to resolve for the next thing in your life? We've been talking about habits and change, and systems and methods to break those habits, but it also starts with breaking the spirit of your past. It's getting past your past in order for you to receive a life that is fulfilling, that God has for you.
I want you to really, truly dive into that question for yourself today. Like I said, these details of this scripture will be in the podcast, in the details below. But this guy hung out for 38 years. And you would think that... The Bible says that Jesus knew his condition, He knew that he was in this condition for a long time, and that was 38 years, but I can almost guarantee he was there in his mind even longer, so Jesus knew the condition of his mind, and so Jesus asked him this very simple question. The thing that I love about Christ is that He normally asked a question, and He said, "Do you wanna be made whole?" And the man answered, "Yes, but every time I get to the pool someone goes before me, and goes in front of me, and every time I wanna do this, and every time I wanna do that."
Does that sound familiar? Is that the dialogue that you have in your mind, when God is asking you maybe through this podcast, "Do you wanna be made whole?"
And you're saying to yourself, "Yeah, but... I wish I could, but... I see someone else doing their thing, but maybe I'm just not good enough to get there, maybe my worth isn't strong enough to get there and so I'm bound to this place, I'm hunched over in this place, and I'm calling myself a paralytic. I'm calling myself someone who cannot walk, because life has treated me so wrongly. My past, my momma, my daddy never loved me enough for me to love myself, and so when people try to love me and people try to help me, I dig into myself and I say no, I'm not worth it for them to do so." God is asking you today, "Are you ready to revive? Are you ready to get to that place?" And so I'm gonna leave you with that question. Do you wanna be made whole? And like I said earlier, if you need a coach, if you need a complimentary session to see what we can do to funnel down your thoughts, to get rid of the craziness that's in your life and speak positive things, and get you on the right track, then reach out to me. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let's get you set free. God bless.
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