"When Jesus saw him ... he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?" (John 5:6)
If you are a discouraged and defeated Christian believer, you may have accepted the rationalization that your condition is "normal for all Christians."
You may now be content with the position that the progressive, victorious Christian life may be suitable for a few Christians - but not for you! You have been to Bible conferences; you have been to the altar - but the blessings are for someone else.
Now, that attitude on the part of Christian believers is neither modesty nor meekness. It is a chronic discouragement resulting from unbelief. It is rather like those who have been sick for so long that they no longer believe they can get well.
Jesus is still saying, as He said to the man lying by the gate at the Jerusalem pool, "Do you want to be made whole?" (see John 5:6). Jesus made him whole - because of his desire! His need was great, but he had never lapsed into that state of chronic discouragement.
Thank You, Lord, that victorious Christian life can be the norm - even in the midst of this chaotic, malevolent world. Fill me anew with Your Spirit, and shine through me today. Amen