healing

Get Real!

On the same day Jesus rose from the grave He appeared to the apostles.  He spoke peace to them and then showed them His hands and His side. This was not only the visible proof that He was the One they had committed their lives to, but the showing of His hands and side has far more greater meaning to us.  

Recently I smashed the ends of my fingers on both hands. My fingernails have turned black and ugly from the injury. The painful incident and my startling reaction to it was so traumatic that I have shared it with many people. I’ve shared the story because I witnessed God help me in that moment of pain. I was manually pulling down a garage door and my fingers got caught between where two panels come together. I couldn’t pull my fingers out and I couldn’t lift the door back up. The pain was severe and I didn’t care who heard me yelling in pain.  But I know it was God who quickened me to kick the door up with my foot, releasing my fingers.  I’ve shared this story because in my personal trauma, God was with me. Many times we are quick to share our physical wounds with others, but not so quick to show the wounds on the inside. Most of the time we don’t want people to know about the wounds of our hearts and minds, but when we do, something happens to whoever is listening. They are relieved to know you are real and can relate to what they maybe going through. Those disciples must have felt so alone and discouraged until Jesus appeared and showed them His wounds.  When was the last time you got real with someone like Jesus did and showed them your wounds? What about the wounds on the inside? Jesus showed His wounds and the disciples were glad and believed in Him. Don’t be afraid to show people the healed wounds in your life.  It just may bring the healing to them they need.

Whatever You Do

Whatever you do, don’t let your heart become hard. The hardening of the heart is the most natural thing to have happen in our lives. The world we live in is a hard world that takes us through difficult times and hard places. We often get jerked around by unforeseen events. I would be one to say that if your heart has not become hard, it’s a miracle of God. The hardening of the heart is a built-in defense mechanism used to protect us from getting hurt again. I remember as a young boy playing games and getting hurt but would say, “That didn’t hurt,” when in reality, it did! Granted there are people who have a high tolerance for pain, and then there are some who have just let their hearts get hard and numb. Sinning against God and denying the truth are hardening agents of the heart. The symptoms of a hard heart are apathy and not much sympathy for this hurting around you. Shallow relationships, keeping people at a distance, and refusing to listen are all signs of a hard heart. If you never feel anything, you may have a hard heart. No one ever wants to have one, but many do. God’s word says in Proverbs 4:23 “Keep (guard) your heart with all diligence, For out of it [spring] the issues of life.”

The fullness and blessings of life will pass you by if you have a hard heart and you don’t address it with intentional actions. Ask God to help you make your heart tender again, because that is what He wants for all of us. Add some heart softener to your heart everyday by reading God’s word. Then keep a monitor on your heart to reflect on how you interact with others, especially strangers.

Be Healed!

You may not need to go to the hospital or to see your doctor, but you still may need to be healed. Everyone gets hurt in life in ways a prescription cannot help. Everyone gets hurt by relationships, broken hearts, shattered dreams, crushed expectations and loss. Most often those inner wounds don’t get the attention and care they should, and over time they have a negative effect on us. What do I mean? Inner wounds that haven’t been adequately healed will rob you of the ability to live in the fullness of God in your life. You can live with inner wounds the same way people live with a limp from an injury or live life in a wheel chair after a stroke. The loss of a loved one is the most difficult to heal from, but that is why God has given us faith to trust in eternal life. If you haven’t been healed, you will miss out on the joys of life. You will miss out on the richness in relationships of those near you. You will miss out allowing other dreams to capture the passion of your life. Let me ask you, do you need to be healed on the inside? Have you buried the hurt and sorrow in your heart rather than being healed from it? If so, acknowledge it, and then ask God to heal you today. Be healed on the inside in the name of Jesus and live the life God has for you.

Jeremiah 17:14 “Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; Save me, and I shall be saved, For You [are] my praise.”

Do You See Anything?

You might expect this question to come from a father to his young son on a hunting trip.  Or you might expect this question from one undercover officer to another staking out a house or business.  You might even expect to hear this question to come from an Ophthalmologist, but you would never expect to hear it come from Christ after laying hands on a blind man to restore his vision.  This same question needs to be asked every child of God who believes they live in the last days, “Do you see anything?”  Unfortunately followers of Christ have become like the blind man once touched by the hands of Jesus.  He said,

And he looked up and said, “I see men like trees, walking.”  Mark 8:24

This response after being touched by the One who gives sight to the blind ought to make us ask our own questions.  Did Jesus not have the power the first time to give the man his sight?  Was something wrong with the man’s faith?  Why did Jesus take the man by the hand and lead him out of town?  Was this a failure on Jesus’ part?  Does Jesus heal only halfway sometimes?  Well, here’s the answer.  Jesus had the power and the man’s faith was fine, but this partial healing was for our benefit.  What that means is that this question is for you and me, “Do you see anything?”  What that means is that our vision can be improve significantly with another touch from God, and it says, “Then He put His hands on his eyes again and made him look up.  And he was restored and saw everyone clearly.”  V. 25

Let me ask you, do you see everyone clearly?  Do you see some people as of more importance than others?  Do you see people based on the color of their skin or the clothes on their bodies?  Do you see people based on their economic status or based on their titles?  Two times it says in the passage, “And he looked up.”  The way God wants us to see people is not by looking down on them, but with eyes of humility looking up to them.  It could be that we all need another touch from God so we might see everyone clearly.  

Pray

You are not hopeless or helpless in crisis pandemic events that shake the world.  There is a shaking taking place right now in the hearts and minds of the masses, and you can shake in fear with them or you can conduct yourself to prayer.  To pray, you have to pray!  Our concern over the global pandemic should be expressed in fervent prayer pleading for God’s mercy.  Listen, God is expecting all of His children to show up before His throne in prayer during this time.  The question is, can you pray and will you pray?  God will move if we will pray, but we must humble ourselves before Almighty God and seek His face.  

2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.  

The future of the coronavirus and the global pandemic may very well hinge on one little word, “If.”  People can be scared to death and still not pray.  People can be scared to death and pray, but not pray with the humility God requires.  To humble yourself and pray means you’ve got to come down from a high place and get in a low place before God.  God will move mightily when He sees the posture of His children change from lofty to lowly.  God will move mightily when He hears the tone of our prayers change from demanding to desperation.  God will move mightily when our cries are for mercy rather than complaints.  

When God hears our cries, He does more than intervene in our crisis.  God does more than heal those sick with the coronavirus. God saves and redeems lost souls to salvation.  God restores that wayward son or daughter.  God changes lives forever.  Now is the time to become the person of prayer God saved you to be.  Spend quality time with God in prayer and be a vital part of a healing-saving movement of God

Get the Stinger Out

You may or may not ever need this information, but read it anyway. According to Medline.gov., “To remove a stinger, scrape the back of a knife or other straight-edged object across the stinger. Do not use tweezers since it may squeeze the venom sac and increase the amount of venom released into the wound. Next, wash the site thoroughly with soap and water. Place ice wrapped in a washcloth or other suitable covering on the site of the sting for 10 minutes and then off for 10 minutes. If needed an antihistamine can be applied to help reduce the itching. Over the next several days the stinger site should be watched for signs of infection, such as increased redness, swelling, or pain.” 

You may live your whole life and never get stung by a bee or wasp, but you most certainly will need to know how to get the stinger out after an upsetting argument or a look or a word that you were hurt by. Just because a hurtful argument or incident is over, the emotional and mental stinger can still be there with swelling anger and irritation. Most people can’t brush off the sting of personal insults or condemning remarks. Getting the stinger out of the pointed words that tagged you several times can take minutes to days. But God would not have us to live our lives with the stingers still embedded into our hearts and minds. To remove those stingers inflicted in your heart and mind, you have to use the straight edge of faith in God’s Word. Pick a healing Psalm and begin reading and allow that sharpness of His Word to remove the stinger. Then wash your mind with uplifting songs of worship and praise to God. Completely cover the site of the sting with prayers of faith. If the stinging doesn’t go away, repeat steps until the emotional swelling goes down and the memory has been completely healed with God’s love.   

“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” Philippians 4:8

”Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:31-32

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