Grace For Healing

'I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,' declares the Lord.


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When I first became unwell I remember pleading with God for healing, I was just so overcome with desperation for him to turn my situation around. Does anyone relate to that? When we’re unwell and desperately in need of God’s healing, it’s easy to spend time pleading with God, telling Him how bad the suffering is like we need to convince Him to move. Does this sound familiar? You don’t need to beg God to heal you, He’s already sent His Son. He wants you well more than you do. God knows how bad the pain is or how long the illness has gone on for. Everything we receive is through faith. Our salvation is received through faith. Our healing is received through faith. What gets God to move, is faith in Him and His Word.

Praying God’s healing promises over our situations is powerful. When I was a school teacher I remember a young child reminding me of something I’d promised. ‘Miss Penn, you said that if I finished my work I could go and play outside’. Of course, I had to stick to my word. I think it can be the same with God. Not that God forgets his promises, but reminding Him of what’s He’s promised is a powerful way to pray and guarantees we’re praying in line with His will.

I’ve posted watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem.
    Day and night they keep at it, praying, calling out,
    reminding God to remember.
They are to give him no peace until he does what he said,Is 62:6-7

I think God wants us to remind God what He’s said by praying God’s healing promises. ‘Father I thank you that I am healed by the stripes of Jesus…Father thank you that Jesus took my infirmities and carried my diseases…Father thank you that you are restoring me and healing my wounds.’ As you pray, your faith will be strengthened as you speak and declare the word of God over your life. Faith comes from hearing the Word. You’ll be encouraged and begin to feel victorious. In the words of Corrie Ten Boom ‘Let God’s promises shine on your problems’.

God loves to hear you speak His word

 

You don’t need to plead and beg Him to turn the situation around. You just need to present the evidence, found in the Word. Your advocate, Jesus, is interceding for you. This means He’s fighting for you; pleading for you; supporting you; presenting your case to God. I can’t think of a better advocate than the Son of God! Whoop! Whoop!

‘…we have an advocate with the Father – Jesus Christ, the Righteous One…’ 1 John 2:1

The Bible says that God is faithful and true to His Word which will never return to Him void. All His promises are ‘yes and amen.’ Stay in faith and continue to declare the promises. Even when you’re weary, even when you feel like giving up. YOU CAN DO THIS. YOU ARE AMAZING. GOD HAS GIVEN YOU WHAT YOU NEED. YOU ARE MORE THAN A CONQUEROR.  It will only be a matter of time before the tide of the battle turns and God will fulfill those promises.

Are you praying God’s healing promises? Have you noticed a difference?

 

Today I thought we could glean some healing truths from the book of Ruth. Often when we’ve been unwell for a long time, it’s easy to begin to lose hope. When we don’t understand why we have to suffer so much or for so long, we can start to question the sovereignty of God, His plan, His ways and His power. This is one of the reasons I love the book of Ruth so much. We see how our magnificent God takes the most unqualified person; a poor, Moabitess widow, and places her in the genealogy of Christ! How encouraging for those of us who are walking through tough times, wondering if things could ever change. If this is how you feel right now, then I encourage you to spend time meditating on and thinking about the healing truths from the book of Ruth, it will bless you so much.  (more…)

Her situation seemed unlikely to ever change. Everything in the natural screamed ‘failure…disqualified…no hope’. Ruth had already lost one husband with little hope of her ever finding another. She was living in a foreign land in a time when poverty and being a widow were shameful. She was still quite young, I’m sure she wanted to marry again and have a family. Ruth didn’t stick her head in the sand as though unaware of her situation. She knew in the natural she was the least eligible woman in the land. Ruth could have been angry, bitter and full of self-pity as she faced a lonely and miserable life. Perhaps like Ruth your situation is pretty hopeless. Have doctors told you you’re unable to have children? Do you think no-one will marry you because you’re living with an illness or a disability?

Ruth never concerned herself with the situation in the natural. Her eyes were on God alone.  At the end of the story Ruth didn’t just marry anyone; she married the most eligible bachelor in the land and became part of the genealogy or Jesus. This was her double restoration. God had paid her back double for all the heartache and trouble she had gone through. I used to love the story of Ruth when I was unwell because it caused me to have hope in a seemingly hopeless situation. Isn’t it a comfort to know our Father in heaven has your healing all in hand? He’s working behind the scenes to get you your breakthrough.

5 Healing Truths from the book of Ruth that will help you on your healing journey.

1.Even in the midst of suffering, develop a servant heart. It takes your eyes off yourself if nothing else, but it also pleases the Lord. It gives you a purpose that’s higher than yourself, a reason to keep on going. So you may be in pain but you can probably still do something, even if it’s something very small. Ruth did just that. She kept on doing her best, working the fields for Naomi. ‘So she went out and began to glean’ Ruth 2:3

2. Focus your eyes on the present and learn to love your life right now. Ruth didn’t continue to focus on the past. She never looked back at how amazing life used to be when she was married. It’s so easy for us to dwell on how life used to be before we became unwell; but this stops us moving forward into the incredible life God has in store and the healing that is to be had when we surrender all.

                        But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Phil 3:13-14

3. Ruth also didn’t focus on all her pain and suffering. You may be living with a painful illness but thinking about how bad it is will keep you in a place of discouragement and defeat. Constantly thinking about your situation will keep you a victim and it won’t be long before you spiral down into self-pity. I love how Ruth didn’t allow the label of ‘shame’ ruin her or damage her thinking. One of the dangers of a long term illness is that we can start to allow the illness to define us. Ruth walked above the storm and focused on God.

4. Believe that the best is yet to come. If the story of Ruth teaches us anything, it’s that God delights in turning our nightmare into something we never dreamed possible.  

                 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

Boaz didn’t care that Ruth was ‘unqualified’. She was married before and was penniless but this didn’t bother him. He accepted her past and didn’t judge. The people God has placed in your future will too. Do you worry no-one will marry you or even employ you because you’re living with a health condition? God has all your worries in hand. The after effects of your suffering will be nothing but positive and good, your future will be better, not worse.

5. My final healing truth from the book of Ruth is to continue to believe that God is a good God. We praise, love and serve Him as he is worthy. This is exactly what Ruth did. Her faith in God was strong as she trusted in him completely. She knew He was all she needed.

          Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances;for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 

When we look at the bigger picture of the story of Ruth, we can see God’s plan coming into fruition. There was a plan and a purpose that Ruth could never have worked out at the time. And so it is with your healing journey. No matter the obstacles and the disappointments, rest assured that God is working all things out in your favour.

Did you gain anything for this post? If so you’ll also like reading Can Healing Be Earned and How To Grow In Adversity. Can you think of any other healing truths from the book of Ruth?

 

I’m sure most of us would agree that healing from God can’t be earned. Yet I’ve often heard people say ‘I don’t expect God to heal me as I know I don’t deserve it’. Or I’ve seen their behaviour change, all of a sudden they’ve started serving more in church. Somewhere in their psyche they’ve associated healing with deserving.

We’re living in a world where unless you do something good, you won’t receive a reward: You have to come first in sports in order to win a medal or you need to get good grades at school in order to get into the right college. Some parents have these types of conditions on their children. ‘You have to be good or Santa won’t bring you any toys.’  (more…)

One of the most well known New Testament verses is

The Law came from Moses, but Grace and Truth came by Jesus Christ. John 1:4-17

We need to be careful however that we don’t translate the world’s ways into our relationship with God. When we mess up, God doesn’t stop speaking to us as some Christians think. He doesn’t turn his back on us, waiting for us to apologise. That’s the sort of immature behaviour you’d expect from a child. Think of the father in the story of The Prodigal Son. He ran to his son, before his son repented.  And so God does with us when we fail. His arms are open wide, wanting us to turn to Him, not away from Him. What an amazing Father. When you get this incredible truth, it changes everything.

Healing is part of grace, ‘unearned, undeserved favour’.

If by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace, otherwise works is no more works Rom 11:6

Grace is a gift, all we can do is receive it. If we earned or deserved it, it wouldn’t be grace. If you remember the Pharisees tried to earn from God, their self-righteousness prevented them from receiving.

When the father of the prodigal son gave his son the ring, robe and sandals, the other brother was jealous. He was annoyed that his younger brother was forgiven and resented him being celebrated with the fatted calf.

‘All I have is yours…’

The older son failed to understand that all these things were already his. He thought he had to earn his father’s love and blessings. And so some believers are with God. Healing belongs to you, a gift of God’s grace. It has nothing to do with being deserving. It has nothing to do with earning. It’s God’s unearned, underserved favour. All we need do is receive. Isn’t that completely awesome?