In the gospel of John Jesus asks an age old question to a paralyzed man, “Do you want to get well?” The harsh reality is many people have lost hope to make any lasting changes in their life to get well. The reason is change and lasting transformation in our life is a challenging and painful struggle.
Change occurs when something motivates us to leave our past life behind because something is so painful, we seek any means to escape it. Even though we are miserable, fearful and guilt-ridden, we become comfortable living in bondage to our addictions and are trapped in a hopeless pattern of living. Over time, we give up the right and opportunity for renewal because of the anxiety it created in us and the impossible expectation it produced in others around us. One person in recovery when asked the question what made them stop drinking, states, “When the pain of drinking becomes greater than the pain of not drinking.”
In the New Testament, the word for salvation is defined as to be made whole and complete. It expresses the hope when we let go and let Christ take control we regain the courage to live again. The apostle Paul in Romans 12:2 represents it as a transformation and renewal of the mind. “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” That is a spiritual transformation so today whatever demons you are battling I hope you have a spiritual transformation of your soul as well and declare, yes I will get well!