One Yes Is a Thousand No’s

“He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and followed completely the ways of his father David, not turning aside to the right or to the left.“

– 2 Kings 22:2

Yesterday we discussed possible reasons why the invalid man at the Pool of Bethesda made excuses for not receiving his healing when Jesus asked, “Do you want to get well?” Perhaps he would have lost his community of friends or the handouts he received from the pity of others. He told Jesus “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.”

You’ll notice he doesn’t simply say yes, I want to get well! You’d think if Jesus, this famous Rabbi, asked, “Do you want to get well?” he’d say yes, please heal me! However, he doesn’t say that. He comes up with a list of excuses and reasons why he couldn’t get in the water. Interestingly, every decision we make in life is often the result of a thousand renunciations. Understand that every decision you make for God, your family, your life, your own personal growth, and for who you want to be, involves a process in which you are rejecting other things. Every “yes” in your life was a thousand no’s before it. This is why turning away from something that keeps you ill or stuck can sometimes be difficult.

Friend, there is freedom waiting for you in the hands of God! If you have been healed but still find yourself struggling, then pray to the Lord and cry out to Him for help. No matter what challenges you face, He will be with you and give you the strength to overcome them!


Father, hear my cry for help as I struggle to deal with the difficulties I am experiencing.


Have you ever made a “yes” decision knowing you would have to turn your back on something?

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4 Responses

  1. This really hit home today it was the very first thing i have read from this publication. but currently i have been struggling with an addiction that i want to abandon but i to cant just say ok (yes) but reading this today i feel the holy spirit telling me that i do not need that stuff that i can and need to allow god to heal me and follow his will.

  2. Thank you for having the Hour of Power Classics on . It is very heart warming to me that it is also in Hong Kong.
    My mother was helped to returned to God be caused of Dr Schuyler’s’ messages years ago and I was great full.

  3. True the man made all types of excuses. But he was there at the pool because he wanted to be healed. His only hope was in a pool of water, like those surrounding him. In spite of all his excuses, the reason why he was not healed. The true Healer, Jesus answer was and still is Yes! I Am willing. Jesus went about doing good and healing all.
    Funny, after the man was healed. The Healer was there (available) yet the people at the pool didn’t cry out to Jesus to heal them. Why?

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