I was reading from one of my favorite devotionals this morning, (Rooted and Blooming by Dalyn Weller) and today’s devotion was so in line with the whole idea of Peace Secured, that I wanted to share it with you.

A CERTAIN MAN

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

Now, first let me say, I am intrigued by this portion of scripture. The point is well made here that “a certain man” may not really have wanted to be healed. He made excuses. Maybe his condition had become his comfort zone. Who knows? At any rate, Jesus got to the heart of the matter with the question, “Do you want to be healed?”

Sometimes I ask myself, Dalyn, do you really want to be healed of this? Free of that? Then I go to the Lord and ask for His help to want healthy things. Because sometimes, I don’t choose to be healthy. Maybe it seems too hard, or maybe I’m not willing to leave my comfort zone. I have to sacrifice my well- worn, raggedy excuses for some truth.

Sometimes we get stuck. Jesus always offers to free us. He came to destroy the works of our enemy, 1 John 3:8b tells us. We have to trust Him and go where we don’t want to go occasionally, in order to get well. Think of the general with leprosy that had to dip in the Jordan river in an old testament story. It insulted his pride and maybe his dignity, but when he did it, his sense of offense disappeared. He saw he was healed.

ASK YOURSELF SOME HARD QUESTIONS.  Do I want to be free of infirmities of soul, mind, and body?

MAYBE THE ANSWER IS, “No, I don’t really want to be healed. I like it down here now that I’m used to it.”

Maybe there’s another reason. Be honest with yourself.

Arise, take up your bed, and walk, Jesus may be saying to me on any given day. Maybe you too?

 Written by Dalyn Weller

Shared with permission from Morning Mocha Press

 

After reading this devotion, I kept thinking about how, so many women out there, are longing for more peace in their lives. In fact, for many of us, living in peace and joy might look very different than the way we are living now.

But here’s the thing… change is scary isn’t it?

Almost all of us have some fear of the unknown. Our minds consider what is known to be much safer than the unknown. Let’s face it, change usually includes some type of discomfort, and it’s normal for us to want to avoid discomfort.

Self-doubt (fear of failure) can make change seem quite threatening also. As can looking at change from a worldly perspective rather than a biblical perspective.

Sometimes, backwards as it seems, we are afraid of change because we fear success. We are afraid that if we become successful, people may expect more out of us.

 

Ladies, our fears of change can keep us from taking action towards real healing, real joy, and real peace. But we need to remember that true growth will mean change. That’s OK. Not only is it OK, but it’s exactly what the Lord wants for us.

 

Therefore, we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So, we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18

 

When we fix our eyes on Jesus and we trust His guidance, He is able to fill us with His peace regardless of our circumstances.

Dear woman, we are here on this earth to grow in our relationship with Christ. Yes, growth means change, but we need not fear any changes that bring us closer to the Lord. Those are the changes we should long for, that is the growth we should embrace.

 

Is there an area in your life where you are still sitting on your mat? Maybe there are things you know you should do or say but you’re hesitating because of fear or doubt. Or it may be that there are things you should stop doing or saying but you haven’t yet figured out a different way to do things. 

Friend, what’s keeping you on your mat? I’d love to talk with you! Schedule a FREE consultation call with me and let’s get you up off your mat so that you can get the beautiful healing you desire.

Schedule your FREE call here.  www.peacesecured.com/coaching 

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