Grace For Healing
God wants you well
healing in his wings

To conclude our series on the woman with the issue of blood, just why did she touch the hem of his garment? I wonder if she had revelation that healing is in his wings as was prophesied by Malachi.

The Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings;

Malachi 4:2

 

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trusting God through Chronic illness

When I realised that doctors couldn’t help me, I ultimately had a choice to either keep on trusting God through chronic illness or  tolerate and settle for a life of pain. 

The woman with the issue of blood in our series was faced with that same dilemma. She had a debilitating chronic condition which doctors couldn’t treat.

Are you faced with this same choice?

It’s not a coincidence that Jesus healed her on his way to heal Jairus’ daughter. God doesn’t see a life threatening illness worse than a chronic condition. 

I hope by continuing to read on, you’ll be encouraged and faith will rise as you keep on trusting God, the only one who can heal your body, as you journey through chronic illness.

Several years ago I had a painful and damaging experience in church. We were asked to raise our hands if we needed healing and of course I raised my hand. 
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set your face like flint

Have you ever set your face like flint? Let me explain what it means first:

For those UK readers, if you as old as me you’ll remember the Hillsborough tragedy. 96 people killed during the FA Cup semi-final in 1998.

For 20 years following the incident, parents and families of the victims continued relentlessly in search for truth and justice.
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bold faith

In the last post we looked at the extraordinary woman with the issue of blood who chose to pursue Jesus and initiate her own healing.

Healing doesn’t fall through the sky. I’m sure we all wish that someone would lay hands on us and instantly we receive!

(And sometimes this happens!)

My personal opinion (and experience) is that the healing God is desiring for us, is more likely to be a healing through our own faith. 
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legalistic thinking

We live in a culture and a society that encourages legalistic thinking.

We feel bad about ourselves when we don’t tick the right boxes. I know myself I can feel like a failure for not having a husband or children.

I know with many people with long term illness, there’s a condemnation if you’re unable to work or do the things that other people can do.
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Naaman healed of leprosy

Naaman was healed of leprosy in 2 Kings 5 NOT 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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the sprit of shame

The Holy Spirit heals all our shame but it’s not automatic. 

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?

The story of Naaman is one of a man dominated by shame.

Outwardly he was this incredible leader with achievements and accolades which set him apart ‘But he had leprosy’.

He was so ashamed of it, hiding behind a mask became his way of escape.

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?

Perhaps you’re believing for a friend’s healing but you have doubts because he’s not a Christian as yet.

I hope this post will encourage you in your faith as you stand in the gap for your friend.

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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