Today’s devotional by Jim Burgen for Faithgateway asks a loaded question: Do you want to be made whole? So, do we? Do we want to be made whole? Read on and get your hopes up that you, too, can be whole through Jesus’ grace.
One day, as Jesus was walking through Jerusalem, He came to a famous pool. The pool was famous because people believed its waters had magic powers. They believed an angel would periodically come down from heaven and stir the pool, and the first one into the bubbling waters would be healed.
Jesus walked toward the water’s edge and noticed it was surrounded by a great number of disabled people who were trapped inside bodies that didn’t work anymore.
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?”
“Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”
Then Jesus said to him,
Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked. — John 5:5-9
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Get ready for a big dose of hope and encouragement as you read today’s devotional by Dr. Carol. Despite what it looks like it’s not over til it’s over. Take heart; at the very end of all things Jesus wins!
The Bible as a true story, an epic play, a blockbuster movie, should come with a warning; Spoiler Alert! We’re living in the middle of the drama, and sometimes it feels like a cruel joke. Has God dropped us in the middle of something without adequate stage directions? It is really supposed to be like this? But the truth is, we know the end of the story. And the end of the story is, Jesus wins!
Many of the troubles we encounter feel like the end. You lose a job; maybe you’ll never work again. You get a cancer diagnosis; is it the end of your life? You discover your spouse is cheating; your marriage is over. Someone else gets the ministry opportunity; it seems what God promised you will never happen. Terrorism, political division, natural disaster. What we see looks and feels like the end.
Have you ever had a dream, a promise from God that you’d held near and dear to your heart? Then inexplicably everything around you seemed to conspire against you and your fondly held desire. There was every indication that that dream had died a tragic and untimely death and you were left feeling angry and betrayed. I know I have. Today’s devotional is a video put out by Streams Ministries that addresses this sort of disappointment and brings hope and encouragement. There will be no Sunday message again this week. Enjoy the video!
Hope is a good deal more than wishful thinking or keeping a positive attitude. Hope is a confident, joyful expectation of good. Sunday’s message talks about what hope is and is not and the importance of hope in our Christian walk. Click on the arrow to listen to the message.
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Think you are the only one who has professed Christ as your Lord yet still struggle with areas in your life that are less than christ-like? Hardly. Today’s devotional explores the scandalous grace that God offers us both for salvation and for the daily sanctification process.
In my younger years, I stared at the names of authors in the aisles of bookstores, heard the words of speakers I respected, and listened to musicians belting out praise songs complete with electric keyboards and thought all these people must be perfect.
I didn’t know—I really didn’t—that someone could be used by God, especially in a very public way, and still be fighting battles every day. I feared human imperfections were actually divine disqualifications, and I was living on borrowed time when it came to God’s willingness to work through me.
I didn’t realize the authors I idolized on the shelves of my grandparents’ bookstore could have put a well-placed comma on the page and then read more
If someone is floundering in the water and is about to drown the life preserver thrown to them is useless unless they take hold of it. Today’s devotional urges us to grab hold of the hope that God proffers and hold on in faith believing that what God promises is true.
We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go. It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God… — Hebrews 6:18-19 The Message
I am haunted by this passage. The promised hope. A spiritual lifeline. Take hold.
I know I need hope; I understand that Scripture calls it one of the three great forces of human existence (1 Corinthians 13:13). But I don’t really give it much intentional thought; I don’t spend time each day taking hold of it with both hands.
I think we have fallen into the idea that hope just sort of “happens” to us. We hear good news — that we are getting a promotion, that our child has done well in school, or that the MRI came back clear — and then we find ourselves hopeful. As if hope were merely a response to our circumstances. But when we treat hope so casually, when we wait for it to read more
Grief comes in many forms for many reasons. If you are in a season of grieving listen because He is calling your name today.
“Mister, if you took Him, tell me where you put Him so I can care for Him.” Jesus said, “Mary.” Turning to face him, she said in Hebrew, “Rabboni!” meaning “Teacher!” — John 20:15–16 MSG All of us grieve in different ways. All of us are on different timetables. And all of us need toa href=’http://www.faithgateway.com/hope-returned/’ title=’Read more’ …/a