I have good news! God loves you and He is still in the healing business, He is not the author of sickness and disease! It is not His will that peopie are sick,, marriages are falling apart, that people are at war in the world or killing each other on the streets of our cities.
We have a loving father who is just crying for us to come home, to receive the love that He has for us, to help us solve our problems, to nurture us and bring us peace. He sent his son Jesus to die for us so that we might be saved He didn’t come to bring us sickness or to punish us or condemn us. He loves us no matter what we have done!
In Hosea God says my people die for lack of knowledge. Today, with computers and the internet, we have information on virtually everything but very few real answers to our most serious – problems – sickness, drugs, war, crime, broken marriages.
God has answers to these problems! He is crying – look to Me, look to my Word! I have the answers! Ask me. I’ll help! Scripture says ask and He will answer, seek and you will find.
If you’ve prayed and didn’t get an answer, keep praying. Pray diligently. Don’t give up!
Many of Jesus’s parables show how we must persist and diligently seek him… The woman who hounded the unjust judge until he gave in … The woman that pressed through the crowd to touch the hem of Jesus’ garment… The men who cut a hoie in a roof to lower their friend to Jesus. These people didn’t give up! They persisted in the face of difficulties and were rewarded by God for their diligence!
Our Emotions Need Healing
When we think of healing, we often think of physical healing from sickness, disease, injury, etc. God’s healing, however, often has to start in our hearts. Most of us have not gotten through this life without being wounded emotionally. Some have had parents who were physically or verbally abusive or worse. Spousal abuse, abandonment, and marriage difficulties abound today. Wounds can come from a teacher or friend, a relative,or a stranger. Other wounds can stem from a traumatic experience in life, such as an accident, sickness, or a death of a loved one.
Our experiences, especially from childhood, influence our current relationships. We build walls around our hearts. We fear that the same thing will happen again. We fear rejection and hurt. We don’t trust anymore. We don’t allow ourselves to be honest and vulnerable. We get angry without reason, lash out at others when they aren’t the real problem.
We may cover up our hurt by joking about everything, laughing a lot, or criticizing others to make ourselves look better. Often that prideful attitude is just a cover-up for hurt. This cover-up takes its toll mentally and physically. Our woundedness, if not delt with, eventually manifests itself in physical illness.
This is Father’s Day. So many families today are without fathers or have fathers who can’t seem to show love to their families. These men didn’t receive love from their fathers, and thus have difficulty in expressing love to their families. The hurts go from family to family, generation to generation. We must open our hearts to receive love, before we can give it to others!
But I have good news! Jesus said, I came to heal the broken hearted. He is the compassionate father to the fatherless, husband to the widow, comforter to the lonely. In Matthew, He says, Come to me all who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest Take my yoke upon you … For my yoke is easy and my burden is light!
He asks us to forgive. But without His power, forgiveness is virtually impossible. We may think we have forgiven but we just bury the hurts. He is crying – look to Me. I want to give you that power to forgive. I want your emotions healed so that you can start a new life!
Until I accepted the Lord as Savior at age 47, I had never known peace. I hid my terrible anger well from most people. My parents and family bore the brunt of it. I had a fierce temper and cursed constantly. I was hard hearted and prideful. Deep down, I hated myself but took it out on others.
When my body and mind got bad enough, I had to pay attention and began looking for answers. I started by changing my diet, formally studying an oriental life style called macrobiotics. Although I found that approach was limited, I claim to this day that eating lots of browri rice helped soften my heart so I could hear from God!
One day a new friend prayed a prayer with me to accept the Lord. I had no idea what that prayer really meant, but I was hurting and desperate. I had accidentally cut the palm of my hand, the cut requiring 16 stitches. I was in physical pain, but my emotional pain was even worse – a fact I didn’t understand at that time.
From that point on, God started to lead me. I began to desire to go to church. I hadn ‘t gone for 25 or more years. I heard preachers and evangelists on the radio talking about healing and I started looking for a church where I could learn more. I started reading the Bible and learning God’s Word and His many, many promises. I learned that salvation doesn’t just mean being saved and going to heaven, the Greek word sozo includes deliverance and healing. Jesus paid the price on the cross for our sins, our hurts, our sicknesses, our mental illness. I learned that we must accept his salvation by faith. We can’t earn it by good works. I had heard the words before but really didn’t understand them.
God’s transformation of a life is his greatest miracle. It is a gradual but revolutionary process. It is a process that never ceases as long as we live. I liken it to peeling the layers off of an onion. You remove one layer at a time. I am still a work in progress.
God wants to start that healing in you today. He wants to touch those broken places in your life. When they are healed, you won’t need to mask them or hide them anymore. The memories will return, but less frequently. And the miracle will be that when they do return, they won’t pain anymore!
I would like us to pray together. Give our hearts to him and let God’s healing hand reach in and touch those broken places. Could everyone repeat this after me? Let us bow our heads.
Dear Father in Heaven –
I have a broken heart. I have been hurt many times and
rejected by family, friends and others.
Your Word says I must forgive those who hurt me.
I have been carrying these wounds long enough.
I am ready to give them up now.
Now silently forgive each person that the Lord brings to your mind. Then repeat the following with me.
By an act of my will, I have forgiven those who hurt me.
Now Lord, I ask forgiveness for my sins,
I also forgive myself for the wrongs I have committed.
Wipe away my guilt and shame.
Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and give me the
new life that You have promised.
Thank You Lord for healing my heart.
I am ready to learn from Your Word and Holy Spirit
and follow the path You have set for me.
Now I’d like to pray.
I thank you that you have heard each prayer.
I pray that in the coming days, everyone who prayed this prayer
will notice more peace, more joy, more strength
and know that You love them so much
and that You are working in their lives ….
I pray that they begin to learn the Word of God
and begin to understand and appropriate
Your promises for their lives.
I ask that they and their families draw closer together
under Your love and counsel.
Bless each one Lord. Meet every need.
Show them how much You love them and
reward them abundantly for their faith and commitment!
I would like to conclude by repeating that God is still healing today. Jesus healed when He was here on earth and scripture tells us that He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He loves you and wouldn’t a loving father want the best for His children? The pathway to healing is to learn more about Him and his Word. He has a plan for every life and it is to bless you and not to harm you!
God Bless You all!