God Is Able And Willing To Heal You
There was a leper who came to Jesus saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean” (Matthew 8:2). This man didn’t have a problem believing that Jesus had the ability and power to heal him. He just wasn’t sure if Jesus was willing to do it for him.
Look at Jesus’ response to the leper and see God’s heart for you where healing is concerned. Jesus answered the leper by touching him and saying, “I am willing; be cleansed” (Matthew 8:3).
What did Jesus say? “I am willing.” Did He just say it and do nothing? No, He stretched forth His hand to the leper and restored the afflicted man to wholeness.
Beloved, God wants you to know that He is both able AND willing to heal you. Start to realize and believe that He wants you healed!
And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
Matthew 8:2-3 KJV
Good for Dancing
The two-year-old accompanied her mom to the home that would soon be theirs. The paperwork had been signed, and it was just a matter of time before the moving van would arrive with the household belongings.
They walked through each room, and finally her mom showed the little girl the room that would be hers. As soon as she crossed the threshold, she began to twirl around with her arms outstretched. After three revolutions, she stopped and announced to Mom, “This room is good for dancing!”
Are you able to find a place in your life that is “good for dancing”? A place where you find joy and peace? A place where you overflow with praise to God? God created you to rejoice and to praise him, and it is possible your joy could take the form of dancing.
If you cannot name a place that is “good for dancing,” the place where you feel free to worship the Lord, begin your search for it today.
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Praise ye the Lord . Sing unto the Lord a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints. Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: let the children of Zion be joyful in their King. Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.
Psalms 149:1-3 KJV
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
Galatians 6:9 KJV
By Jesus’ Stripes You Are Healed!
Isaiah chapter 53 is proof forevermore of Jesus’ love for you and His desire for you to be healthy and whole.
How important is your health and wholeness to Him? It’s so important that He Himself paid the heavy price for you to be able to live healthy and whole.
When Mel Gibson’s The Passion Of The Christ was released, people complained that the scene in which Jesus was scourged for our healing was too graphic and violent. The truth is that it portrayed only a fraction of what our Lord really suffered.
He was actually scourged violently beyond human recognition by the Roman torture equipment. His flesh was shredded to the point His bones were exposed, starkly white amidst the blood and torn muscles.
He bore the stripes so that we don’t have to. His body was broken so that ours can be whole. And by His stripes, we have been healed!
Beloved, instead of focusing on the negative health report from your doctor, focus on the heavenly report that by Jesus’ stripes you are healed. Believe it in your heart. Declare it with your mouth. And begin to experience it in your body!
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
Isaiah 53:4-5 KJV
Every story needs a villain in order for the hero to shine. It sure isn’t hard to find villains in the Lenten stories of Jesus’ suffering–clueless and faithless disciples, hard-hearted Pharisees, Sadducees protecting their privileged positions, cruel and inhuman soldiers, and a cynical imperial governor. To this list could be added our names, for it was our sins that made Jesus’ terrible ordeal necessary.
You can add God’s name to the list as well. What!? God caused Jesus’ suffering? Yes. Behind the lash of the scourge was the hand of God, who was pouring out the judgment, wrath, and punishment for the sins of the entire world upon the Son. Isaiah’s prophetic insights allow us to see what was really happening in Jerusalem on Good Friday: “Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes his life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days” (Isaiah 53:10).
As you are compelled to visualize the leather lashes cracking down on Jesus’ bare back, first raising red welts, then drawing blood, and finally tearing the flesh apart, realize all over again how bad sin is–your sin. This is what hell is like, and Jesus offered to experience it so that you wouldn’t have to. If God actually followed through and did this to his Son, he will certainly do what he says he will do to unbelievers on the Last Day.
The price was paid. Jesus got to see his offspring (you and me) and
Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.
Isaiah 53:10 KJV
I often display cartoons on my refrigerator. One of my favorites from years ago featured a little boy who was obviously discouraged. In the first frame, his mother is concerned about his sad countenance.
“What’s wrong?” his mother asks.
Without missing a beat, the young boy replies, “No one likes me.”
The next frame finds the mom reassuring her offspring. “That’s not true,” she says encouragingly. “I like you!”
In the final frame, the little boy looks up at his mom and responds, “Of course you do. That’s your job!”
I guess that is your job as a mom. You want to encourage your children and help them overcome adversity in every form. But the task of encouraging others isn’t limited to your relationship with your children. Imagine the state of our world if every believer made a conscious effort to encourage others.
Father, I want to be an encourager to the people in my family, in my church, in my neighborhood, and in the world beyond. Teach me to encourage others with my words and with my actions.
Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.
2 Corinthians 13:11 KJV
And the Lord , he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.
Deuteronomy 31:8 KJV