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.
When I was very unwell, I remember going through every sin in the book, repenting and asking for forgiveness for any sin I could think of. Are sin and sickness related?
Did I open the door to Satan? Is sin hindering the healing?
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.
Because of this, I disqualified myself.
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.
According to the Bible, God promises to restore the years the locusts have eaten.
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.
“I will restore to you the years the locusts have eaten” Joel 2:25
One of the hardest things for me in the past 20 years is experiencing the loneliness chronic illness evokes.
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.
I wonder if you feel different because you can no longer join in with ‘life’ and the activities you once enjoyed with others have now stopped?
Famous Psychiatrist Karl Menninger believes that an evil conscience is making people ill.
An evil conscience is really the Bible’s definition of being sin conscious. (Heb 10:22)
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.