Your will is your heart. It's the driver's seat of your life. It's the quarterback where you make decisions in the huddle.
- When do you need to do something that's right that's hard to do?
- Why is saying "I'll try" a cop out?
- What's the difference between wishing to do something and deciding to do something?
- When Jesus owns your will, what does that mean?
- How can we help each other in a family walk away from sinful habits and will to get well?
00:14 Today, I want to tell you an exciting story, and I want to tell you about an exciting place that I've actually seen in Jerusalem. It's been excavated 30 feet down, and it's just like it's described in John chapter five. Here it goes. This is awesome. "Now there was in Jerusalem, by the sheep gate, a pool, which in Hebrew is called Bethesda having five porticos." And those five porticos are still there in that excavation, by the way. "Now in these," the story says, "lay a multitude of those who were sick, blind, lame and withered, waiting for a moving of the waters for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool and would stir up the waters." Scripture says, "Whoever then first after the stirring up of the water stepped in was made well from whatever disease with which that person was afflicted." In verse five it says, "A man was there who had been ill for 38 years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been a long time in that condition. He said to him, 'Do you wish to get well?' The sick man answered him, 'Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up. But while I am coming another steps down before me.' Jesus said to him, 'Get up. Pick up your pallet and walk.' And immediately that man became well. He picked up his pallet, and he began to walk. That was the Sabbath on that day."
01:48 Do you wish to get well? I'll never forget the day. I guess Beth was probably a precious little college sophomore at Texas Tech University when she came to an interview, a staff interview, and she was confused, and the interview turned into counseling. As I traveled, you know, through Texas that year to hire staff for our sports camp, this story stands out from all the rest. She said, "I feel so badly these days." And she had big old tears in her huge brown eyes. She said, "My relationship with God is going nowhere right now." You know, we talked for awhile, and she sobbed as she shared her boyfriend problems. You know, it wasn't a good relationship, but she held on to it for the feelings of security it gave her. You know, I said, "Beth, you've got to give up your will." She looked up at me in wonder. She said, "How did you know his name?" And I said, "What are you talking about?" She said, "My boyfriend's name is Will."
02:47 You see your will is your heart. It's the driver's seat of your life. It's the quarterback where you make decisions in the huddle. You know, when God gives you your will and you step out on your will, you can stop anything that is wrong and you can do anything that is right. Literally, when Jesus asked his man, "Do you wish to get well?" In the Greek, what he really said to the man was, "Do you will to get well? Your will is the strongest muscle in your body.
03:18 So here's the questions for the day: when do you need to do something that's right that's hard to do it, and why is saying "I'll try" a cop out? And then the second question is what's the difference between wishing to do something and deciding to do something? And the third question is this: when Jesus owns your will, what does that mean? And here's the thought for the day. The paralytic willed to get well. He took up his pallet and walked. How can we help each other in a family walk away from sinful habits and will to get well?