Is there healing in Christ?
Does He offer that promise to heal us of our infirmities both physical and spiritual?
I have been chewing on this for awhile now - having many friends and family with chronic physical illnesses and also spiritual struggles, issues and battles.
Scripture is clear that God CAN heal physically if HE WILLS.
Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits – who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Psalm 103:2-5
People brought all their sick to him (Jesus) and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched him were healed. Matthew 14:35b, 36
These are only a few passages that mention physical healing or bear witness to people being healed by God.
But what about the healing of the heart?
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3
Ok but does he HEAL us to the point of FREEDOM from our issues, struggles and addictions…
My friends and I who battle daily with Satan over that tendency to despair or that urge to emotionally eat or that draw to escape life into a drink or a x-rated website - these on going attacks that we endure and fight... Is there healing and freedom from this?
“Maybe not this side of heaven.” The words of my battle weary husband scarred from the enemy’s deep wounds and relentless attacks.
If I fast for the freedom will I end up wasting away to nothing for nothing? If I pray fervently for the freedom and do not receive it have I prayed in vain?
The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
Even the Apostle Paul lived with an issue that tormented him and cause him to be a battle weary soldier at times.
To keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12: 7-10
Ahhhh… These struggles and issues can be tools in the hands of our maker. We fight the good fight but He may choose to leave us in that battle.
It is in the position of weary brokenness that we are most receptive to the Lord’s molding and shaping. The battle brings us to a place of humility and desperate dependence.
Pride and independence keep God at arm’s length.
What if I admitted (to myself and God) that I ultimately have no power to handle the struggle and MUST lean on Him to empower me? (He already knows this, but I need to hear myself say it again and again)
Desperate Dependence. It has a nice ring to it. It feels more God controlled, safe and somehow complete.
The struggle is part of the journey not necessarily the problem. Joy and sorrow...
The struggle is where I meet God naked, weak and empty handed. I have nothing to offer that would save me from my battle and bring freedom.
I may stuggle 'til the end of my days but if it brings me deeper and closer to my Father then I will trust him and keep fighting the good fight.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9
Thank you Lord for a renewed perspective and a refreshened hope today.