For I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds, says the Lord… (Jer 30:17)~
When God puts us back together there’s more than an external picture of being put back together like a broken vase, or the cleansing of red to white. God does an internal working in our heart, soul, and mind that is a healing beyond our understanding!
He will reach down into the innermost parts of your soul where no one else can go to mend and fill with grace. To rid you of shame, guilt, sorrow, pain, insecurity, and more. These are works only God can do; no human has the ability to fill your void and depths of the heart.
In one breath our hurt is incurable, and indeed it feels like that sometimes doesn’t it? But then in the next breath, God says He will heal and restore. It’s how proper healing takes place. Proper healing doesn’t come when we bypass the process and seek the world’s comforts. Rather, it comes when we seek God. The difference between healing and not healing lies in the source. You want your heaviness to lift and your soul to feel peace? Then turn to God. Do you desire to feel free from the shame and condemnation? Turn to God. Can you imagine what it feels like to experience wholeness and restoration? Turn to God. He’s the answer to your healing.
When we turn to God, the void of loss is filled; the sting of the pains of our souls is relieved. When we pursue God we experience grace, restoration, and healing that no past can grip onto. No longer can it hold you back from what God has in store. Turn to Him and HE will heal you!
He Restores My Soul (Ps 23:4)
You lust, and have not: you kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: you fight and war, yet you have not, because you ask amiss (James 4:2); Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it (John 14:13-14)~~
Imagine a small boy reaching for something that he really needs, but it sits in a place that is too high for him to reach. The child, tries standing on chairs and climbing on boxes and things but just falls down. Determined, he continues to try on his own but it’s just too high up and he can’t get it. So out of frustration he plops down on the floor, and begins to pout. After a few minutes or so, his father comes along and sees the child sitting there, arms folded and a scowl plastered on his face. “What’s wrong with you boy?” the father asks. Rather than speaking, the child points to an object he needs. His father shakes his head, and says, “All you had to do was call my name, ask me, and I would have given it to you, it is just that simple son.”
When we are trying on our own only to constant failure…going about things the wrong way to get what we want, it’s easy to become frustrated with the trials of life. Soon we just stop trying altogether and start giving up. We become totally disgusted and just decide to sit there in our frustrated situation. But our silence is to our detriment! Jesus tells us that there is power in our speaking….this is why the enemy is adept at getting us to be silent when we are going through trials. If we can’t speak it, then our needs will go unmet. Rather than trying to avoid going through God; trying to be independent; trying to do it our own way like we don’t need anything other than our own faulty ingenuity and then suffering in silence when we fail, ASK… IN HIS NAME…then PRAISE, PRAY and PREPARE to receive your blessing!
And Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored, and you shall be clean.” But Naaman was angry and went away, saying, “Behold, I thought that he would surely come out to me and stand and call upon the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hand over the place and cure the leper. Are not Abana and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? Could I not wash in them and be clean?” So he turned and went away in a rage. But his servants came near and said to him, “My father, it is a great word the prophet has spoken to you; will you not do it? Has he actually said to you, ‘Wash, and be clean’?” So he went down and dipped himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the word of the man of God, and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean. (2 Kings 5:10-14)~~
At some point in your life you’ve probably felt led to do something by God that seemed a little crazy or ridiculous at that very moment. Perhaps you asked God to do something in your life, but the initial outcome was not what you expected and you KNEW that the approach you took was the easy one that YOU wanted to take, rather than what you KNEW was the way God would intend! But you were not willing to humble yourself enough to submit to God’s methods. You wanted it how you wanted it, when you wanted it and the way you wanted it to come! When we ask God to do something in our lives we should never do it with an attitude or an expectation of exactly how and when He should do it. We are not greater than God and we must place our full faith in Him that He will do it at the right time and in the right way.
We are not in charge. God is the one in charge and, each of us must fully humble ourselves before Him and realize that His ways are not our ways. Now we might see some successes in our lives doing things our way, but we always have snags along the way and more times our efforts fail us. But when we submit to the Will of God, we might experience bumps here and there as He removes from us those things that hinder our success… That we hold onto kicking and screaming until we realize they were what has held us back; but our end result is exactly what God intended for us! Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones (Prov 3:5-8)
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; (Rom 1:28)~ let’s face it, some people just don’t want to hear it, and their ‘mission’ seems to be to tear you and your faith down. You offer them the highest, and they counter with the lowest, content to remain in the muck as swine do. It is strange that a man can be in a sinful, miserable condition, and not be concerned or even aware of it, as that a man should have a beam in his eye, and not consider it; they are quick to call out a fault of yours but themselves remain faultless in their own sight…the god of this world blinds their minds. They refuse to lift up, and in choosing to continue a conversation, there is no place for you to go but down. Don’t stoop to ignorance! Rather than arguing with them over the most beautiful of truths, it is OK, even preferred, to just leave them alone. In those cases, the faithful Holy Spirit will enact His will on those lost and brutal souls. Your duty is to pray for them and move on! God has spoken His Peace and His Promise has been made – we have to choose – if our souls are lost, it’s no one’s fault but our own!!
Jesus saith unto her, “Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?” (John 11:40); Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us; (Eph 3:20) ~ Jesus expressed many times during His walk on the earth the power of faith; to act on what you believe in. Many of us seem to be scared to “believe” although we have no problem asking…in other words we pray but we still worry and still try to walk by sight…trying to figure it out. We are not letting faith guide us, we are trying to force it our way. Rather than acting on what we believe, we are trying to believe in our actions! We are not trusting Him! See when we really figure this all out and do as Jesus said… and trust the belief of what He can do, He will go beyond what we could possibly ask for or even think… before we ask for it or think it! When you have the faith in Him to just intend to go to Him because you know what He can do… by the time you get to prayer in His presence it will be ALREADY DONE! As we deal with unknown illnesses and they run tests and tell us worst case scenarios as doctors do, If we just focus on knowing that God has the diagnosis and treatment already worked out, Before we even get to pray the tests come back negative! The faith in us of His finished (already done) work is what makes us whole, in renewed minds, joyous spirit and even a healed body! When we trust what we believe in Him, the power of Faith works in us to make things whole; that we may experience His glory in us! With power like this we can praise Him in advance because in Him it’s already done! While we are waiting on the breakthrough we can walk in the victory of a race that’s already won! Whatever that situation is that you’re holding onto and you’re praying for in His name now, start thanking God like He’s already delivered you… Yes, WHILE you wait… Remember, they that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength. Start believing you’re coming on out of it! Sing His praises! Unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen (Eph 3:21)