Are you the disciple whom Jesus loved?
“And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.” 1 john 4:16
In other words, do you know and believe the love of God?
You might be thinking ‘of course I know that God loves me’. But knowing that God loves, and believing in your heart that he loves you are not the same. One is cognitive, the other experiential.
The Bible shows Jesus healing on the Sabbath day, the day of rest.
Jehovah Rapha is translated as ‘I am the Lord who heals you’. (Ex 15:26). The Hebrew word ‘rapha’ means both ‘to heal’ and also ‘relax’ thus putting resting and healing together.
Jesus heals on the Sabbath, the day of rest 7 times, proving that to receive healing, we need to rest in the finished work.
When Jesus foretold of his crucifixion, Peter denied it. To which Jesus replied ‘Get behind me Satan’.
Surely this was too harsh a rebuke?. After all, it was just a passing comment from Peter, probably wanting to comfort Jesus.
Whenever we think or hear something that is against God’s will for our lives (like our healing), this is how ruthless I think God wants us to be.
The tree of knowledge of good and evil represents the Law. Sometimes on a healing journey it’s easy to fall into a legalistic mindset, but this is the wrong foundation and could keep you battling illness.
Many years ago, the symptoms in my body were so dominant, I couldn’t get my eyes off them.
I analysed myself past and present, repenting left right and centre, just in case sin was blocking the healing somehow.
So the Bible says we’re to rejoice in our sufferings. In my experience, and hopefully to your relief, I don’t think it’s something that we do in our own strength.
I don’t think the woman with the issue of blood was rejoicing, nor the widow at Nain or the leper who approached Jesus. But:
We also glory rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.
Does the communion bread heal your body? Today I look at the healing power of the Holy Communion
Surely a small piece of bread cannot possibly heal an incurable illness?
I mean, it would be completely wonderful but it really does sound quite far fetched and almost too good to be true, doesn’t it?
When I volunteered in the chaplaincy at my local hospital, I often encountered questions like ‘why does God allow suffering?’ or ‘why did my loved one die?’
Have you ever asked such questions?
The battle you face today is not yours, it’s the Lord’s. Remember God parted the Red Sea, rained manna from Heaven and cleansed the leper.
Our job is to rest.
Joseph Prince uses the analogy of a boxing match. The champion wins the battle and is awarded a trophy. He then goes home and gives the trophy to his wife. He did all the work but she benefits
The thought that God is punishing us when we’re suffering is common, especially amongst those who don’t know God very well. It’s understandable when we read of God punishing sin so severely, even visiting people’s sins to the third and fourth generations!
Are you asking yourself this same question?
When I was a child, I just loved the story of Jonah and the Whale. The excitement and thrill that God would send a large fish to swallow someone whole.
I believe that it’s powerful to see yourself healed, even though you’re in the midst of illness.
I had people in my life for years telling me I was already healed. It was so hurtful at the time, as though they were devaluing my situation.