Grace For Healing
God wants you well
the story of ruth

I’m sure you’re familiar with the story of the tortoise and the hare? The tortoise puts one foot in front of the other and does his best. He doesn’t complain about the unfairness of the race or compare himself to his competitor.

He is so unlikely to win against a hare yet his perseverance and attitude win him the race. 

The most unqualified becomes the winner. 

Do you ever feel at a disadvantage due to your disability or health condition? Maybe you’re questioning God’s plan, especially if you’ve been ill for many years. 
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choose life

Many years ago, when my body was so riddled with pain that even getting dressed or showered seemed to take all day (and on some days, not at all).

I was in a constant place of defeat and lack because I didn’t understand how to receive the gift of grace.

The Bible tells us to choose life, I didn’t know how to; the horror of my situation seemed greater than the power of God’s grace. 

Are you the same? Are you so overcome by the symptoms in your body, you’re in a constant state of struggle?
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The movie Soul Surfer tells the true story of 13 year old professional surfer Bethany Hamilton, whose arm was bitten off by a shark.

It looked as though she would never surf again and certainly not be able to partake in professional competitions. Bethany refused to allow her situation hinder her.

She pushed pass the stares and the disbelief of others when she relearnt to surf with just one arm. Bethany kept on training, believing she was well able to win professional competitions once again.

She continued moving forwards towards her goal. What an amazing and inspirational woman of God.
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You and I are asked to live by faith but how is this even possible when you’ve been ill for many many years? How can we continue to believe in the midst of pain and suffering?

Jim Collins’ book ‘Good to Great’ tells of something called the Stockdale paradox. 

Admiral Jim Stockdale was in the US Navy during the Vietnam War. He was shot down and held captive for 8 years in the Hanoi Hilton, the infamous POW prison where he was tortured over 20 times. 

In a public interview after his release he was asked why he survived and others didn’t. 
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sacrifice of praise

The leper in who approached Jesus in Matt 8, fell on his knees and chose to worship Jesus, he offered the sacrifice of praise.

When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean. Matt 8:1-2

 Despite the extremeness of his suffering, he still humbled himself and praised God. Wow! That’s powerful!
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feeling not good enough

I remember when I first became unwell, I knew a women who had a long term cancer. She’d had it for several decades. She was a very close walk with the Lord, proficient in numerous spiritual gifts.

Often I would think “If God hasn’t healed her, what chance do I have?” Feeling not good enough was consuming me because I had a false belief system that healing and spiritual maturity were linked.

Have you ever felt too unworthy to approach God? Do you think you’re not good enough to receive a healing? Maybe you too think your relationship with God needs to be at a certain level? This is exactly what I thought. 

Well, no-one was thought to be more unworthy than the leper. In fact, lepers couldn’t approach any man, least of all the Son of God.  He was completely unqualified to worship or come near to God.

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healing touch of jesus

Are you a huggy touchy-feely Christian? Or do you prefer your ‘personal space?’ I definitely fall into the latter group.

I remember going to New Year’s Eve parties and conveniently going to the bathroom at midnight to avoid those awkward New Year hugs with everyone.

Therapists and doctors claim that hugs are good for our health. We see the healing touch of Jesus in the way He heals the leper. It is not by accident that Jesus chooses to heal him in this way. 
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Jesus heals the leper

When the doctor says ‘there’s nothing more we can do for you’, the distress and disappointment is heartbreaking. 

Few things are worse than knowing you’ll be suffering for the rest of your life or that you’re dying.

When Jesus heals the leper, He says ‘I am willing’. Thankfully no matter how impossible an illness, the Lord Jesus will never say those words to us. 

When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”

 Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy. Matt 8:1-3
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The Tree of Life speaks of Jesus; the more we take from this tree, we increase our capacity to receive healing. Unfortunately it’s so easy to end up taking from the tree of knowledge of good and evil instead.

Healing is right the way through the Bible, beginning in the garden of Eden. I hope today’s insights will give revelation and cause you to ponder on any areas which may be keeping you stuck.

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Have you ever told your body parts how amazing they are? If you have a diseased part of your body then speaking words of love could be just the medicine you need.

Japenese scientist Masaru Emoto proved the power of our words by conducting a water experiment where he took samples of tap water and spoke to them.

One sample he spoke words of life ‘you’re beautiful, I’m grateful for you, you’re amazing….’ and another sample he spoke words like ‘you disgust me, I hate you…’

He then photographed the samples and guess what happened? 

The samples where he had spoken loving words to looked like beautiful diamonds or snowflakes under the microscope and the samples where he had spoken hateful or words of death to looked dirty and ugly under the microscope.
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