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Day 27: Whole

Jan 27 2014

“Do you want to be made whole?”

Jesus asked this very question to the invalid at the Pool of Bethesda. Have you ever wondered why Jesus asked this question to a man who had suffered his affliction for thirty-eight years?

Perhaps the question was about more than just physical healing. I think what Jesus was actually asking was, “Do you want to be complete? Do you really know what wholeness will mean, and the responsibility it will bring?”

Yes, God is our Healer but His desire is for us to be whole – body, soul and spirit. Along with needing physical healing, many of us have emotional brokenness and spiritual issues that prevent us from living in the fullness of God’s blessing. As humans, we tend to focus on and react more to the things that are going on around us but pay little attention to what is going on inside us.

When something is broken, it doesn’t function properly and when you are broken on the inside, you are much more vulnerable. Wholeness comes when you are willing to take on the responsibility to change on the inside and deal with the attitudes and mindsets that can hold you back from living a blessed life.

Proverbs 18:14 in the Amplified Bible says, “The strong spirit of a man sustains him in bodily pain or trouble, but a weak and broken spirit who can raise up or bear?”

How is your inner man? Are you hiding brokenness that you are too ashamed or overwhelmed to deal with? Do you want to be made whole?

In my book How To Maximise Your Life, pages 170-175, I give you some practical steps to changing the condition of your soul and opening up the doorway to becoming whole. To begin with, take a moment to meditate on Psalm 139:14.

I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.

Father, there is no limit to the wholeness you bring. Help me to find the courage of faith to trust You with the areas of my inner life that need renewing so I can live a life of wholeness.