I woke up this morning so expectant during my time with the Lord. I regularly sit with Bible open studying the priceless pages of scripture begging God to speak to me. I need Him. This morning He spoke as usual a word that blew me away.
These past few years have been trying. I am not just speaking personally, but for the countless that have lost jobs, lost loved ones, dealt with sickness, are wondering how to put Christmas presents under the tree, felt the sting of sin, and felt the desertion of those that presented as friends. We are a wounded generation. The spiritually tried and wounded lay on this battleground we call faith waiting for a medic. Our souls are searching for salve to calm our anxious spirits and our bleeding emotions.
I know the pain that runs so deep emotionally your body aches. In my history, I have laid limp on the floor of my love-extinct house destitute of strength. However, that is when I found Strength….the Strength that is eternal, the strength that is never weak. The word tired is NOT ONE of God’s attributes. Some of you have been searching for hope. You present as strong on the outside, you look good, but when you get in your car or are alone in your dorm or house, tears flow.
Today–I am thankful for healing.
Psalm 71 was the passage of scripture God brought me back to today. This passage of scripture I clung to more than a decade ago. Specifically, Psalm 71:20-21, You who have shown me many troubles and distresses WILL REVIVE ME AGAIN, and you will bring me up again from the depths of the earth. May you increase my greatness and turn to comfort me.
I read this passage this morning recounting the past decade of my life. Abuse, rejection, isolation, divorce, court battles, layoffs, being broke, sickness, have been just a few things that have plagued my decade, BUT HE HAS REVIVED ME AGAIN.
As I studied this passage God brought me to Hosea 6:1
Come, let us return to the Lord. FOR HE HAS TORN US, but HE WILL HEAL US, HE HAS WOUNDED US, BUT HE WILL BANDAGE US.
He is the Bandage. His bandage not only covers the wound, but it renews the soul.
Here me, He desperately loves you. I sat in tears this morning reading the tear stained Bible I cannot live without and looked up at my husband and said, “God loves me.” Your wound is never too deep or never too secret.
Many of you may be asking, “I know I need God healing from my past, but how do I do that?” Luke 8:50b, Do not be afraid any longer, ONLY BELIEVE, and she will be made well. The answer is not some super deep secret that no one can understand but pastors and theologians, the answer is simple. God loves us so much that He made His way so simple. We think His way is so difficult and we have to have a degree in ministry to know spiritual truths. For someone that has been to bible college, let me say this, that is a lie. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE BIBLE COLLEGE!!!! However, you don’t need a degree to experience God’s truth. You need a willing and surrendered spirit.
Practically, get alone with God and ask Him to speak. Even if you have never tried it, tell Him your hurts, open the Bible and ask Him to begin the healing process through His word. That’s how I started and it has changed my life. Just one verse of practical truth that is personal to you will change your thought processes.
If God has healed you today from your history, take some time to thank Him. In this week where we focus on thankfulness and what God has given us thank Him for the tangible gift of healing. I never want to be like the leper that didn’t return to Jesus to thank Him for His healing power. His healing power for my past sin drives me every day to reach someone that needs it. I cannot live my life without be intentional about sharing the hope found in Jesus. It would be tragic if I was healed and didn’t share with someone else where the healing came from. I have been asked several times, “Where does your passion come from?” My answer, if you have truly experienced a touch from the Savior YOU CAN NEVER BE THE SAME.
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