Grace For Healing
God wants you well
feeling unworthy of god's love

I once knew a women who had a long term cancer. She’d had it for several decades. Often I would think “If God hasn’t healed her, what chance do I have?” I didn’t realise at the time but I was feeling unworthy of God’s love and his desire to heal me.

I had a false belief system that healing and spiritual maturity were linked. She had a very close walk with the Lord, proficient in numerous spiritual gifts. I couldn’t understand why she wasn’t healed.

Unconsciously I was feeling too unworthy of God’s love to approach Him.

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. 
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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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loss and grief

Loss and grief have to be the most painful experiences I have ever had; you know that deep hole you feel when someone or something so incredibly priceless is missing from life?

Thankfully as Christians, there is a beautiful and comforting benefit in store for us whenever we feel we’ve been robbed. 

For me, coping with illness was only part of the problem. Underneath the physical was the torment of going through life alone with no family, the loss of career, finances, holidays, ability to walk and even sit…I felt like loss was my cruel companion.

The life that was once ahead of me no longer existed. 

Today I wanted to share with you, the one thing that has kept me going throughout all these years of pain: God’s promises of double restoration
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loneliness of chronic illness

One of the hardest things for me in the past 20 years is the loneliness of chronic illness.

In the early days, I struggled on my own with very few people understanding the impact the pain was having on my mental state, making me feel even more isolated.

Do you now feel different because you can no longer join in with ‘life’ and the activities you once enjoyed with others have now stopped? 

We crave connection and to be understood. It starts when we connect with our mothers the moment we’re held for the very first time. This gives acceptance, love and security.

When illness happens though, we sense the lack of understanding by others which causes us to experience disconnection. 
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guilt and shame

Famous Psychiatrist Karl Menninger believes that sin consciousness is making people ill.

He famously said that if he could convince those in his psychiatric hospitals that their sins were forgiven, 75% of them could walk out the next day.

One of my biggest enemies has to be a sin consciousness, especially the guilt that follows. Sometimes I feel I have a magnet in my head, attracting all the things I’ve ever done wrong, even those ‘perceived’ wrongs, to my thinking. Then I start to ruminate.

The condemning ‘I should have…’ ‘if only…’ type of thoughts often dominates thinking. Do you ruminate on mistakes and regrets and allow them to steal your present moments?

Sometimes this can come through the voice of others. Do you have people in your life who tell you what needs to change in order to be healed? Are they continually screening you for your hindrances? This can also be a sin consciousness.
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