The story of Bartimaeus shows us how people pleasing can stop our healing. I love that Bartimaeus had enough shameless faith to ignore the crowds and pursue Jesus.
When I trained in counselling, I was surprised to discover just how much of a people pleaser I was and how my whole life was rooted in shame.
There’s no doubt for me, that a living in chronic pain impacts how I see myself. This is one of the reasons I love the healing of Bartimaeus.
Pain drags me down, restricts me and stops me living. It’s easy to feel I’m sitting on the sidelines, watching people live.
The healing of Bartimaeus is a story of a man who is sat by the wayside, probably not feeling very good about himself either.
How has your illness affected your self esteem? Do you also see yourself as inferior or as though life has somehow forgotten you?
I remember the days I prayed such desperate pleading prayers for healing. I was BEGGING God to heal; it really was life or death. Then I read about Moses and the Bronze serpent found in Numbers and everything changed.
From that day onwards, I no longer pleaded or begged God for healing. In fact, this revelation means I will never ask God for healing ever again. Not for myself or for others.
Today I share with you perhaps the greatest revelation I have had about God and His supernatural healing power.
The thought that God is punishing us when we’re suffering is common, especially amongst those who don’t know God very well. It’s understandable when we read of God punishing sin so severely, even visiting people’s sins to the third and fourth generations!
Are you asking yourself this same question?
When I was a child, I just loved the story of Jonah and the Whale. The excitement and thrill that God would send a large fish to swallow someone whole.
As an adult, I see that the whale was saving Jonah and not a punishment for disobedience. In the mind of a child, being in a whale’s tummy was the worst thing that could ever happen! Surely this was punishment?
The most quoted healing Scripture surely is ‘by Jesus Stripes’ we are healed.
I’m sure you’ve said ‘by Jesus stripes’ hundreds of times in prayer. But do we really understand it deep in our hearts or is it just a phrase we’ve learned to quote?
Do you speak this from the heart with passion, with emotion and with revelation?
I know for me, the more I meditate on this verse, the deeper my faith for healing is and the greater my revelation of God’s love for me: two conditions that open the door for divine healing.
Are you familiar with the verse ‘No one living in Zion will say, “I am ill” Is 33:24. What a challenging scripture for those children of God who are living with pain and suffering.
What about when you are ill?
I had people in my life for years telling me I was already healed. It was so hurtful at the time, as though they were devaluing my situation.
Eventually, I began to mentally understand the Truth that as a born-again believer I am already healed. See IS IT ALWAYS GOD’S WILL TO HEAL.
Is there such a thing as demonic influence or spiritual causes for disease? and is this the reason you’re ill today?
According to the Gospels, demons are everywhere! Jesus delivered people from demonic influence all the time and often the demons did cause sickness and disease.
When I developed illness all those years ago, deliverance ministry was strong amongst Christian healing ministries around the globe.
My relationship with God was weak and consequently I believed this teaching, that there were spiritual causes for the disease I was living with. I was desperate for healing and willing to believe anything.
Today I wanted to share a few thoughts on the story of when Jesus heals Jairus’ Daughter.
One of the favourite things about this story is that is shows that God is indiscriminate when it comes to healing.
Whether you’re a well known church leader that 1000s of people follow in instagram, or someone who is an outcast like the woman with the issue of blood, God will meet you and minister his healing.
If you know the heart of Jesus, you will know how keen he is for us to be well and how it’s just not his nature to ignore us. So how do you explain the story of Jesus and the Canaanite woman whom he disregarded?
The story always baffled me as it appears to contradict the willingness and generosity of our beautiful Saviour.
Close inspection reveals that Jesus wasn’t ignoring the Canaanite woman. He was setting her up for her breakthrough.
I love this as it simply shows how we can approach Jesus when we too are believing him for a miracle.
How we see ourselves matters. The Bible says we’re clothed in Christ but seeing ourselves this way is sometimes way too challenging (or at least it is for me) when the symptoms in my body steal my attention morning, noon and night.
When chronic illness sets in, we condition ourselves unconsciously. The illness becomes a part of us whether we realise it or not.
You may cognitively recognise that illness is not your identity but unconsciously your thoughts, behaviour may tell an opposing story.
This reminds me of mixing different colours of play dough together. It’s impossible to separate them.