Know Healing – A Devotion

Isaiah 53:4-6 (NLT)

Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the LORD laid on him the sins of us all.

 

Healing is probably one of the most commonly requested benefits of God by His People. In moments of sickness or when stricken by disease, people cry out for the Lord’s intervention of the invasion and intrusion in their life. However, the Healing of God is probably one of the least understood details of His Plan for His People. To know God one must be healed. Our weakness requires it. Our frailty necessitates it as well. Healing is not a quick-fix by God that is designed as medication for a dying people. It actually has very little to do with your physical body and everything to do with one’s spiritual condition. Modern medicine has many remedies for the ailments of life. There are well-educated and professionally-trained physicians who can diagnose an illness with the authority to prescribe the recommended treatment. There are many over-the-counter options for those who choose to treat their own condition. However, when all else fails we call on God for His Intervention. It would be better for a person with no knowledge of God to simply take an ibuprofen tablet than pray such a way. Knowledge of God through Jesus Christ is essential to claim the healing benefits of His Kingdom. Jesus Christ was pierced for our rebellion. He was crushed for our sin. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped (beaten) so we could be healed. Healing comes through the chastisement of Jesus Christ for our sin. It is a benefit of salvation and can only be received in such a way. Please, don’t be offended if you do not know the Lord. There is simple remedy called salvation. Those who call on the Name of the Lord will be saved. (Romans 10:13) However, this is a complete life overhaul so if you are not interested in a New Life through the Love of Jesus Christ healing may not be for you. Modern medicine may be more of what you are looking for to resume life as usual.

Healing is the transformation of God body, mind and Spirit. It is a manifestation of faith in God that has exchanged human weakness for the Power of God. Healing is a three-part benefit that culminates in a life change. To be healed is to be made healthy and whole. Your body is dying from the moment an infant arrives it is beginning to exhaust precious moments of life. However, those who call upon the Name of the Lord will be made healthy and whole through the Blood of Jesus Christ which exchanges sin for Eternal Life. No longer are you dying but instead shedding this life to be a New Creation. Healing brings an end to the devastating effect of sin in your life. No longer are you defined by the parameter of time that composes this life. Your devastation has ended for now you have achieved Destiny. Healing can only be accomplished when one has a Destiny beyond this life. Healing is also to be free from evil. It is to experience cleansing and purification. Healing is a benefit of knowing God. Knowing God requires that we call on the Name of the Lord with expectancy that our entire life will be changed body, mind and spirit. God cannot and will not heal your body if it remains in the sinful state of sin destined for hell and the grave. He loves you too much for that. His Plan is to make you healthy and whole which is only an option for those cleansed by the Blood of Jesus Christ. He desires to end the torment of your enemy in this lifetime and the devastating effect of sin on your life. He will free those from evil who walk away from their old life and embrace the New Life in Christ that He is offering. He will purify His People and washing away every trace of sin. This is healing. It is so much more than temporary relief of illness and disease. Healing prepares us to meet the Lord and live in His Presence.

Proverbs 4:20-23 (NLT)

My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words. Don’t lose sight of them.
Let them penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body. Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.

Healing is revealed in the Word of God. The Power of God is hidden in His Word for discovery by His People. It is not enough to listen to His Word or see them. God encourages people to allow His Word to penetrate the heart. It is the Source of Life. It is healing for the whole body beginning in the heart moving through the mind and manifesting in the body. It is a well spring for life that begins with a foundation of faith that requires God’s Word to grow. Knowledge of God is essential to receive healing or else it is simply a remedy that really is symptomatic and not a cure. God desires to make His People whole lacking nothing. Healing temporary illness and disease without a heart transplant is futile. I have worked in the Admissions Department of a hospital completing the paperwork of many people being admitted for invasive procedures which carried a warning of potential death. It was frightening how many people from every conceivable stage of life would sign these papers not knowing the procedure or risks but blindly trusting the physician. They would sign advanced directives and living wills without even realizing that there was a possibility of death. Placing absolute faith in mortal man to heal their body and make them whole. I am convinced it is still happening today. Do you need God’s Healing in your life? As I encouraged those folks signing the papers permitting another to take control of their life, so I say to you, “Do not ever do such a thing ignorantly!” Study the Word of God concerning healing before you decide to put your faith and trust in God for your body, mind and spirit. Know what you are asking God to do by understanding exactly what God’s Plan for healing is. It is detailed in His Word. Take time to find out what it is all about. Ask the Lord in prayer to reveal His Will for your life and decide if you want what God desires for you. Make an informed choice before submitting your life to anyone including God. He wants you to know Him!

Psalm 103:2-4 (NLT)

Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies.

God’s healing begins with the forgiveness of sin. It is a must for those who desire healing from the Lord. True repentance holding nothing back from God makes room for His Spirit to take over your life. Sin hinders the restoration process. God desires to make you whole again. He forgives all sin! The Blood of Jesus is enough to wash away the sin that has infected your body and tears away at your soul. The moment the “infection” is removed healing can begin. It is instantaneous. By calling on the Name of the Lord in repentance, your reward is healing. God’s Love and Tender Mercy makes it provision for those who call upon the Name of the Lord. It is a benefit of righteousness. Remaining in the Presence of God maintains the overwhelming intervention of God on your behalf. You are never subject to the details of life though you may be affected. Healing will always come because it is a Promise of God for His Children. You will not be disappointed if you know God’s Will and His Way.

Hebrews 9:25-28 (NLT)

And he did not enter heaven to offer himself again and again, like the high priest here on earth who enters the Most Holy Place year after year with the blood of an animal. If that had been necessary, Christ would have had to die again and again, ever since the world began. But now, once for all time, he has appeared at the end of the age to remove sin by his own death as a sacrifice. And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment, so also Christ died once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for him.

 

Jesus Christ died and bore the burden of sin so that God’s People would no longer remain in the cycle of sin that produces disappointment, devastation, disease and death. It was an end to the reign of sin in the life of a believer. God’s Plan is to end the cycle of sin in your life. However, a rebellious heart drifts in and out of God’s Love claiming momentary benefits and missing the full potential of all that a life submitted to God offers. Fear stems from a lack of knowledge that allows God’s Blessing but fears His Full Intervention. Salvation is for those who eagerly wait on the Lord. Healing is a benefit of a life that has made the choice to walk out of the old life of sin and prepared to become the New Creation God has promised. Continual running back and forth will not produce the healing from God we are expecting. Man will only die once. Jesus died once and for all. How many times will we run back and forth before a conscious choice is made to fully rely on Jesus and end the sin cycle of life? Healing is only available to those who desire the reign of sin to end in their life and partner with Jesus to make it happen.

Romans 8:1-3 (NLT)

So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the powerof the life-giving Spirit has freed youfrom the power of sin that leads to death. The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins.

 

Healing begins when the Love of God sets His Children free from evil and cleanses us of sin. It is the starting line of faith. Healing is a process of daily submitting our life to God for His Plan. A desire to know all the benefits of salvation and living in righteousness to receive them is a must. If you are looking for a quick fix or pain relief, it is probably better to grab an aspirin or call the doctor, but if you desire to be transformed from the inside out call on the Name of the Lord in faith and surrender your life to Him. Jesus Christ has made the way for you to receive all the Kingdom rewards reserved for Children of God but you must be one of His to receive them. There is no condemnation for those who belong to Jesus Christ. You have been set free. Sin has no hold on you. The grave is not your resting place. Death cannot hold you. Your Destiny is much larger than you ever expected because you are a Child of the King.

Malachi 4:1-2 (NLT)

The LORD of Heaven’s Armies says, “The day of judgment is coming, burning like a furnace. On that day the arrogant and the wicked will be burned up like straw. They will be consumed—roots, branches, and all. “But for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings. And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture.”

 

Please understand healing is reserved for those who will withstand judgment. The Sun of Righteousness will bring healing to those who fear (respect and honor) His Name, but for those who do not know the Lord this will be a moment of utter destruction and complete devastation in the Light of God. The Lord desires to make you healthy and whole by His Love. The cycle of sin in your life has been brought to an end by Jesus Christ if you will call on His Name and be saved remaining in righteousness and living in the Presence of God. Jesus has set you free from the clutches of evil. You have been cleansed and purified. His Healing has already begun in the hearts and lives of those who love and trust Him. By faith, you will receive the healing produced by each stripe He endured with you in mind. His Healing enables you to stand unafraid on the Day of Judgment. Healing is so much more than just relief from a temporary illness, discomfort or pain.

James 5:13-16 (NLT)

Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray. Are any of you happy? You should sing praises. Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord. Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well. And if you have committed any sins, you will be forgiven. Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.

Are you suffering today? Living in the midst of a hardship, do you feel weak? Perfect. Repentance is the beginning of healing and restoration for your life. It moves you into righteousness and there you will find healing once and for all. Prayer is essential in the healing process. Communicating with God allows us to hear His Word and experience His Presence. Faith is the voice that God hears. Trust releases His Promises. Righteousness positions us for wholeness and completion of God’s Perfect Will for our life. God is good. His Thoughts for me are filled with love and concern. He desires my healing to the uttermost right along with my salvation. The Power of God’s Healing is available to every single person who chooses to call on the Name of Jesus. We must know the healing of God to be saved. Talk to God today. He is waiting to end your suffering. He longs to join you in your hardship and be your strength. He will bring you joy and peace in the midst of any trial. The Lord will hear your prayer of faith. God will answer you!

Proverbs 3:5-8 (NLT)

Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do and he will show you which path to take. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the LORD and turn away from evil. Then you will have healing for your body and strength for your bones.

Trust God for healing today, but do so in faith based on the Knowledge of God. His Perspective of life is much broader than our own. It is not defined by the few years spent on earth seeking God’s Love and Forgiveness. It is Eternal…Forever. God desires to spend FOREVER with you! This requires fulfillment of healing in your life. Expand your understanding of the Healing Hand of God today! Depend on the Lord with your entire life – body, mind and spirit. Turn from evil and focus fully on the Face of Jesus. God will heal you. He will be your strength. Knowing God is rewarded by His Healing.

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