It’s Friday again! Every week join a special group of writers to write for FIVE MINUTES on a one-word prompt. No editing. No revising. Just WRITE. This week, the word is HEAL! Go! (The // indicate the start and stop of five minutes.)
// Healing is a beautiful thing. It’s also a mysterious thing. This is coming from someone who has struggled with chronic tendonitis for 25 years. Have I prayed for healing? Of course. Have I trusted Him for breakthrough? Definitely. Have I stopped praying cuz I didn’t want to be disappointed again? Oh dear…
It’s true. We can sometimes become discouraged at the lack of breakthrough in our own lives that it taints our desire to pray. Of course, God heals people today. I’ve seen it. But does He REALLY want to heal me?
The problem is when my mind gets involved. I understand that I must pray in faith. Therefore, if I’m not healed, then that means that I don’t have enough faith. That means there is something wrong with me.
But it also means that I’ve now crossed into “works” because I’m assuming that God’s goodness is dependent on my performance. That’s legalism, not faith.
We must settle something deep in our spirits… God’s desire to heal His children is solely based on His LOVE for us. Period. Full stop. He heals because He loves. He IS love. //
I write this, not as though I have fully arrived. Definitely not. I’m still working through what I believe about healing, especially since recently writing my story about tendonitis. The issue of healing is once again fresh in my mind.
Father, will I ever be completely healed?
Do you remember in Matthew 6 when Jesus was teaching His disciples about prayer? He basically said this (and I’m using the SBV, Shauna Blaak Version, here),
“When you pray, don’t pray like the heathen who panic and say, ‘What are we gonna eat? What are we gonna wear?’ Stop fretting. The miracle you are looking for isn’t dependent on your performance anyway. You can’t earn it. Father knows the things you need already, even before you ask Him. So just ask, and then rest. He’s a GOOD DAD!”
I needed to remember that. He’s a GOOD DAD. He’s not just filled with love―HE IS LOVE.
So, that’s what I’m busy doing―relearning what I believe about healing and about God. One of the tools that has been so instrumental in this learning process has been the book, Grace Revolution, by Joseph Prince (in fact, we’re all reading it as a leadership team in our church).
Book of the Month: Grace Revolution, by Joseph Prince *
What a powerful teaching on the whole message of Grace! Too many people have warped views of who God is and what He thinks about us. Even I’ve had warped views of God over the years. I’m just now starting to grasp who Jesus really is and His heart toward me.
Basic theme of the book = “Grace isn’t a teaching, doctrine, or formula. Grace is a person and His name is Jesus!”
Concerning healing, Chapter 3 reads:
“If you want to know what God is really like (and not what man portrays Him to be), look at Jesus in the Gospels. He is God’s will in action, and He went about doing good―saving, delivering, healing, restoring, providing, guiding, and loving the unlovable. That’s our God!”
Read it! You won’t be disappointed!
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