Grace For Healing
God wants you well
heart attitude

Did you know your heart has an attitude?

I love the Woman with the Issue of Blood; I think the most important trait we can see from her story is her sheer true grit.

The fact she had spent all her money on trying to get well shows us that she had a determined spirit. It’s important we don’t critique this.

Life can be pretty miserable when you’re chronically ill, as I’m sure most of you reading this are aware.

This woman had a heart attitude that said ‘My health means everything to me and I will do whatever it takes to get well, for as long as it takes’.
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the disciple whom Jesus loved

Are you the disciple whom Jesus loved?

“And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.” 1 john 4:16

In other words, do you know and believe the love of God?

You might be thinking ‘of course I know that God loves me’. But knowing that God loves, and believing in your heart that he loves you are not the same. One is cognitive, the other experiential. 
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the day of rest

The Bible shows Jesus healing on the Sabbath day, the day of rest.

Jehovah Rapha is translated as ‘I am the Lord who heals you’. (Ex 15:26). The Hebrew word ‘rapha’ means both ‘to heal’ and also ‘relax’ thus putting resting and healing together.

Jesus heals on the Sabbath, the day of rest 7 times, proving that to receive healing, we need to rest in the finished work.

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Naaman healed of leprosy

Naaman was healed of leprosy in 2 Kings 5 according to his own preconceived ideas. 

Are you expecting God to heal a certain way? I know I was. When I was first unwell all those years ago, there were many medical treatments for doctors to try. 

 I can’t remember now how many there were in total. It was something like 16 or 17, not including medications. 
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how to deal with shame

So how do we deal with all our shame? In my last post I shared of how, as a young girl, I was ashamed of my freckles. They made me different from my friends.

In fact on one occasion a girl in my class at school, called me ‘Heinze baked beans face’. I was crushed. 

The feeling of disgust towards a part of me arose. I tried everything to hide them, get rid of them or cover them up. 
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do you feel ashamed of your illness?

When we feel ashamed of something, we search for a way to cover-up, to hide or to wear a mask.

When I was little, I was different to my friends who had blonde hair and blue eyes. My hair was curly and dark, plus I had freckles. Millions of them…and I hated them.

I made mum buy for me a pot of cream called ‘fade out’. I applied it liberally all over my face thinking my freckles would disappear. Of course they never did.
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does god heal unbelievers?

Does God heal unbelievers or is this a privilege for Christians?

Naaman was captain of the army of the king of Syria. He worshipped a different God, representing the world of unbeliever’s, yet God healed him. 

Does this mean that God will still heal unbelievers today?
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lessons from the story of naaman

Today I begin a new series on the lessons from the story of Naaman; the most well known healing in the Old Testament. 

Naaman had leprosy, but God looks at the heart (1 Sam 16:7) and knew that Naaman needed a much deeper healing.

Naaman had a pride issue. He was the captain of the guard, good friends with the king, power, prestige, money…. He thought his accolades qualified him for healing.  
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get behind me satan

When Jesus foretold of his crucifixion, Peter denied it. To which Jesus replied ‘Get behind me Satan’.

Surely this was too harsh a rebuke?. After all, it was just a passing comment from Peter, probably wanting to comfort Jesus. 

Whenever we think or hear something that is against God’s will for our lives (like our healing), this is how ruthless I think God wants us to be. 
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