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Healing

“Do you want to get well?” Jesus asked the man in John 5:6 NIV.  At first glance, we may think what a silly question! Of course, I want to get well!

But, after going around and around with the Lord on this one for the past year, I totally understand what Jesus meant.  Healing is a process that sometimes we are not mentally ready for.  Being made well will change a lot about us. It will change our perspective.  It will change our attitude.  It will change our focus. 

If we are mature enough in Christ, those are good things.  If not, it can cause us to be puffed up with pride and toss Jesus to the curb, so to speak.  It may sound harsh but think about it, if we are made well, we tend to think we don’t “need” Him anymore.  We can walk on our own two feet.  We can walk with our head high.  No need for crutches, right?

Jesus Christ is NOT a crutch.  He holds all things together (Col. 1:7), including you and me.  We can do all things through Christ (Phil 4:13), which means we can do nothing without Him.

Do you want to be made well?  Ask Jesus to soul-search you and pray to see if you are ready to give Him the honor and glory and not yourself. 

Dark Clouds Around Us

Have you ever felt like you were living in the midst of a dark cloud and couldn’t get out from under it?  I’m not talking about depression in this one.  For instance, you knew you wanted and NEEDED to pray, but could not get a coherent sentence out to save your life? And this went on for weeks at the time?  Your heart ached so badly and you felt like God was AWOL?

I recently went through this and it dawned on me as I was sitting around this morning that the dark cloud had vanished.  I had been in it for so long, I didn’t know if I would come out of it.  I spent hours mowing the lawn and listening to my iPod sermon podcasts that I hoped would help and praying in my heart and all I could manage to get out was, “Help me, Lord!” 

You know you cannot trust your emotions when it comes to whether the Lord is with you.  He promised to never leave us or forsake us.  That you can take to the bank.  No matter what we are feeling, He is there.  When we accepted Him as Savior, His spirit came to live within us and does not move out.  EVER! 

This is also where our faith comes in.  Our adversary, the devil, is going to whisper in your ear that God hates you and left you to wallow in your misery or in the mess you find yourself in.  Demon oppression is very real, folks.  We are in the midst of a spiritual battle and the warfare is ongoing.  Satan and his fallen angels will study you and find your weak points and work them over to make you fall, not trust in God or totally turn away.  Remember what he asked Eve in the garden, “Indeed, hath God said….?”  He wanted her to doubt.  Doubt is the first step to losing faith.  Don’t even consider those thoughts that come into your mind.  The Scriptures tell us to take very thought captive to Christ.  If it does not align with God’s Word, release it.  Do not dwell on it.

How do we get through those dark times?  Hold on tight to the Hand that is holding you.  Read the Word, listen to inspirational music.  Speaking of music, remember when an evil spirit came upon King Saul in the Old Testament?  What did he do to relieve himself at that time?  He had them call in David to play his harp.  It soothed his soul and the evil spirit would leave.  Continue living your life, as hard as it may be.  Go to church, fellowship with other believers, talk to a friend.  God gave us friends for a reason, He knew that we needed that interaction and if you have one that is a believer that you feel a kindred spirit with, open up.  You may be surprised that they have gone through the same thing. 

Our pastor has recently been going through the book of Isaiah on Sunday mornings and the last two sermons brought tears to my eyes as I drank in the living Word of God.  Holy Amnesia was the message that he preached on Sunday. God has three things He wants us to forget.  The first is our fears.  The Bible is full of “fear nots” and “do not be afraid” and “be strong and take courage.”  He knows what we are made of.  We have to “take” courage.  It’s not going to automatically be there. 

The next thing He wants us to forget is our past.  Do you know how crippling it can be to constantly beat yourself up over your past?  That is exactly what the enemy wants.  Once we have truly repented and asked for forgiveness, the Lord wants us to move forward.  Look at the apostle Paul…he used to MURDER Christians.  When the Lord saved him, you didn’t see him sitting around having pity parties about his past.  Yet, we somehow manage to do it.  Let it go! Give it to the Lord.  He has promised to forgive.  If He can forgive the men who crucified Him WHILE He was dying on the cross, why wouldn’t He forgive us? 

The enemy kept bringing up past failures to my mind and, yes, they were difficult to swallow.  Yes, I had asked forgiveness and I knew I was forgiven but the consequences of those actions are still there.  If you broke your arm and asked for forgiveness for the stupid thing you did to break that arm, the arm is not going to instantly, miraculously heal itself.  You still have to live with the consequence of that action, right?  The consequences are painful. They don’t affect just us. They affect our loved ones.  Just like they did David.  It is very hard to watch someone suffer and feel like you are responsible for their pain.  I spent probably a month or longer beating myself up, crying and begging God for mercy.  Sure, I had asked for forgiveness before but under this dark cloud, I couldn’t see straight.  I could not function—that is NOT God. That is the enemy, our accuser, our adversary. 

Obedience to God is tantamount to our success in life.  He has made His instructions very clear in His Word.  If we follow them, we will be successful.  Success may not be monetarily.  His idea of success is not man’s way of success.  If you wake up in the morning and spend time in His Word, pray and seek His guidance on a daily basis, you will be able to discern His voice and make better choices.  Simple, yet very effective.  He wants YOU.  He wants a relationship with YOU.  He loves YOU. He knows you better than you know yourself and you cannot hide anything from Him because He created you. He knows your quirks and still loves YOU. 

Seek Him today and be blessed in the Lord!

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