Tag Archives: healing

Take Jesus to the World

“These things I have spoken to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33

 Take Jesus to the World

The last two months have been tough for America; we were horrified by the Orlando massacre and the Dallas assassinations. We sense evil amongst us and we can easily fall into despair.

What will happen next? How do we stop the carnage?

When senseless horrors like these occur, we are confronted with the reality that we live in a very imperfect world.

We are all broken people living in a broken world where every community, every profession, and every human system is broken.

But there is a solution to all of the chaos and healing for the brokenness.

That solution does not rely upon fallible human beings but upon our infallible Creator.

How do we mend a human heart? (We don’t. God does.)

No man-made laws (however well-intentioned) can change the human heart. Only Jesus Christ can change our hearts.

Jesus proclaimed, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6)

Jesus has overcome the world and he is, moment by moment, person by person, changing hearts and transforming lives.

Even now, Jesus is fixing our broken world by fixing broken hearts one by one. As people are adopted into his kingdom, healing will spring forth into changed hearts, which in turn, will change the world.

Senseless violence will cease to exist when the whole world realizes the truth of who Jesus is and what he can accomplish.

Let us take Jesus to the world for healing and restoration. We can rely on him. He is, after all, the Savior of the world.

Take Heart, My Child

“Take heart, my son, your sins are forgiven.” – Matthew 9: 2

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Jesus’ heart was revealed when he walked the earth 2,000 years ago. On one occasion, people brought a paralyzed man to him. Jesus astonished the crowd by unexpectedly declaring, “Take heart, my son, your sins are forgiven.”

The Pharisees objected to his words, claiming Jesus blasphemed God. Jesus proved that he could forgive sins by healing the man, who obeyed his instructions: “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.”

The paralytic was transformed from being completely hopeless to facing unlimited possibilities. That’s what Jesus does.

Jesus healed the man from all that had held him down, freed him from a body and a life that did not work. Jesus offers to do the same for us. Jesus desires to give us freedom from death, from brokenness, and from the hell that lives within us.

The great miracle was not the outward physical healing of the paralytic man but, rather, his inward spiritual healing, which will last forever.

Jesus came to bring eternal forgiveness and to heal us from whatever paralyzes us, from the darkness that pulls us down.

Jesus also tells us to “take heart,” meaning, to have boldness and courage. We can boldly turn to the only One who can save us.

We all have a choice. We can choose to remain paralyzed by all that is wrong in our hearts, our lives, and the world. Or we can choose freedom in Christ.

In a nutshell, we can choose either sin or forgiveness.

Will you celebrate God’s forgiveness and joyfully live a life with God on your journey to heaven, or will you remain hopelessly paralyzed, stuck where you are?

Jesus beckons you, “Come to Me!” (Mt. 11:28)

Leprosy is Not Forever

Have you ever felt so unworthy, so insignificant and worthless, that you felt hopeless and in despair? Do you feel as if everyone thinks of you as a loser, someone to be scorned and spurned? If so, consider the plight of the leper.

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As reported in Matthew 8:2-3, “And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, ‘Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.’ Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, ‘I am willing; be cleansed.’ Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.”

Several things emerge from these two powerful verses.

First, the leper knew that Jesus had the power to heal him. Without Jesus, the leper was utterly and completely without hope, an outcast, ostracized from humanity.

Second, the leper had the courage to approach Jesus (within an arm’s length) to make his request. [Lepers were regarded as unclean and could be stoned for even approaching someone else.]

Third, the leper wanted to be cleansed and he went to the right source for healing. Indeed, Jesus is our Healer (by His stripes we are healed).

Fourth, Jesus expressed His willingness and desire to heal. Jesus’ heart of love is open to all who seek Him (see Matthew 11:28-30).

Fifth, Jesus healed the leper immediately. Such is God’s love for His children that He responds instantly to those who humble themselves before Him.

Without God, we are all lepers in this life. Our leprosy is our sinful nature. But Jesus offers hope and healing. Jesus offers a life eternally in his grace. All we have to do is ask Him.

Ask God! (He just might surprise you.)

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” – Matthew 7:7-8

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Some regard Jesus’ words as Pollyannaish or simply too good to be true. But what if they’re not?

Those with faith in Jesus’ promise have already experienced his bountiful goodness. We can, too. The promise Jesus gave is to “everyone” – without qualification or limit. All we have to do is ask in faith.

As the apostle James said, often we do not have because we do not ask. Rest assured that when we go to God in prayer, he hears – and he answers! The whole of heaven is open to everyone who prays.

Prayer is a passionate, personal conversation with God. When we speak from our heart, when we openly share our inner being with the One who created us, God is pleased.

When we share our hearts with our Father in prayer, he gives us more of himself. He changes our hearts and transforms our lives beyond our imaginations.

Surrounded by the here and now, distracted by the world around us, it is all too easy to miss the spiritual reality that prayer is an invitation to connect with eternity.

Jesus called every broken believer into a life of continual prayer that eternally changes life. In Jesus, we can be healed and become whole.

Jesus instructed us to “Ask … Seek … Knock …” and he assured us that our Father would respond generously, lovingly (verses 9-11).

Let us trust him.

Father, let Your will be done in our lives.