And Jesus said to the man, “Stand up and go. Your faith has healed you.”
Have you ever tried to imagine yourself in some of the Gospel stories of healing? Suppose you were the blind man who asked Jesus for sight. Jesus spits on the ground, makes a little mud from the wet dirt, and smears it over your eyes! Then He tells you to go and wash your face.
After you wash, you can see.
Or maybe you are one of the ten men suffering leprosy, a hideous disease that makes you an outcast. Jesus hears your cry for help, but He simply looks at you and tells you to go and present yourself to the priest. In Jesus’ time, a person who had suffered from a skin disease could not be admitted back into society until the priest did an examination and then a purification ceremony. The Lord tells you to go to the priest, and yet your skin is still raw with leprosy!
Would you go? Or would you leave in despair, thinking your plea had not been heard?
The lepers did as Christ commanded, and as they went they were healed.
One more. You have been unable to walk since birth. You ask Jesus for healing. What does He tell you? “Get up and walk!” Would you unfold those useless legs and attempt to get up?
God often asks something of us in the process of our healing. We may have to give up something we’ve been clinging to for a long time. He might tell us we need to forgive. We will certainly have to throw out our idol of pride and self-sufficiency. Almost always we will have to do something new and uncomfortable. Perhaps the one most difficult thing that is required of us is that we throw open those barricades and high gates guarding our citadel of will and say to the Spirit, “I want to be healed. Help me.”
Do not mistake this for self-help and determination and willpower. We all know that our own strength and willpower quit far too soon. This obedient action is faith. It is going forward based not on what we can see and feel but on the bridges of what God says and what He promises. It is getting up on legs that have never walked and taking a step…then two…then three.
Our faith is the living out of our trust in His promises.
So after we come to Him for healing, we must then get up and do as He tells us.
Because our hope knows He is restoring to wholeness our lives that will go on forever.
Psalm Prayer: Take your pick this week, whichever of these prayers is your response to God;
From the depths of despair, O LORD, I call for your help.
You have done many good things for me, LORD, just as you promised.
MORE: It’s impossible to list all the promises in the Scripture about healing, because that’s what the whole Book is about! You’ll find it everywhere, when you’re looking for it. All through the Gospels, the Psalms, the history of the Israelites, the prophets, the promise for the future–everywhere! Here are a few references, just to start you off. Find the ones that speak to your heart, and make them your own:
Exodus 15:26; Psalm 6:2; Psalm 30:1-3; Psalm 34:17-18; Psalm 91:3; Psalm 103:3; Psalm 107:17-22; Psalm 147:3; Isaiah 30:18-26; Isaiah 42:3; Isaiah 53:5; Jeremiah 3:23; Ezekiel 36:35-36; Malachi 4:2; Matthew 9:35; Matthew 11:28-30; Mark 10:51-52; Luke 4:40; Luke 4:14-21; Luke 5:31; Luke 9:2; Luke 10:9; Luke 17:19; Luke 18:40-42; 1 Corinthians 12:28, 30; 1 Peter 2:24
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