Posts Tagged healing
“You’ve changed!” Spewed out with venom on a popular TV soap or daytime talk show.
When did changing become so despised by the world?
It’s a problem for Christians, if we allow it to be a problem. Its a popular tool of the enemy at the moment, getting your family and / or your friends to shout this in your face. How dare we change? We aren’t people pleasers anyway are we? No its okay, we’re pleasing God.
“Thanks” I say.
Last week my son told me I’d changed over the past year. “You’re nicer now Mom” I nearly cried. Thank you Lord, its your work, not mine.
It made me take stock. Over the past year or so I’ve stopped smoking, I hardly drink any more, I shop much less and have got my finances under control. I have new patience and so now I have my temper under control. But its the peace, oh the peace of the Lord that’s the biggest change. Thank you Lord, thank you for the peace.
When you think about it, the world has an awful lot invested in us not changing. Advertisers encourage us to carry on like out of control teenagers well into our adult lives, drinking, smoking,being selfish, worrying about the latest fashions, being irresponsible with family finances. That’s madness at any stage of life but as a grown up? We set ourselves sane goals of having a nice home, a loving family and then we set about doing everything we can think of that will stop us achieving those goals. Wasting money, wasting time, putting our focus on an ex who treated us like rubbish in our teens instead of lavishing our attention on our spouse. Watching Two and Half Men on tv, then wondering why our sons have no respect for women. How things have changed since The Waltons.
We scratch our heads when our finances are a mess. We cry out “what went wrong?” when our relationships fail. Maybe we should have changed when a spouse or a child tried to talk to us about our faults. Maybe we should have changed when the boss mentioned our late starts. Maybe we should have changed when the bank sent that first letter.
I’ve changed, and I’m changing, and I’m going to keep changing too and I thank God for it!
If you’ve changed too, congratulations, good on you. Let’s pray we keep on changing too, under God’s direction.
But if someone’s trying to talk to you about change, in a positive way, maybe you should stop ask yourself whether the Lord is maybe using this person to truly help you onto a better, happier path?
You can change, Woo Hoo!
Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. James 4:2
Christians are often masters at quoting half scriptures. We quote the second half of this one because we want life to give us everything on a plate, for the asking. But of course we also know how boring life would be if we didn’t have to grow or learn or study or work to have things. How unfulfilling. We see worldly lottery winners who try to fill themselves up by buying things. And like all other addictions and distractions the tactic doesnt work and too often we see they end up broke and broken and empty again a few years later, selling their story to a tabloid newspaper.
So what is this verse from James telling us? Well certainly its reinforcing the basic message ‘turn away from sin’. And it is also telling us that we do not have to fight and battle our way into our provision. We ask God for provision through prayer, we go to the throne in the name of Jesus and we ask our heavenly Father to supply our needs.
I came across this verse in John 9:31 this morning:
God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does his will John 9:31
So now we see that we have to turn away from sin, that is repent, obey and ask. And have faith.
So when you have done all this, the Lord will answer your prayers and petitions. I am convinced this is the case because I’ve experienced it, praise God.
But I’ve learned one more essential little thing that may also help.
There is already much provision for you in the world that the Lord has already made and pride stops us from accessing it.
The Lord rarely acts by floating cash directly down from heaven into your open hand, nor heals via thunderbolts. Jesus didn’t chase people around to heal or prosper them! But if they asked their petition was granted. Generally speaking you need to ask in a worldly way too. Let me explain better by example. Say you are suffering in mortgage arrears and are worrying about losing your home. Are you seeing the provision the Lord has made for you? Are you asking you mortgage company for help? They may well have a plan to help you, like lower repayments for a period til you get on your feet.The Lord will direct you where to go for help if you ask Him.
Another example may be illness. I know a person who constantly suffers with aches, pains and illnesses. I ask what the doctor says and he hasn’t been. I tell him about healing services we have in my church and he won’t come. I share my testimony on healing and they write it off as coincidence. They are missing all the worldly signposts to their healing!
I read this news article on poverty this morning, and I’ll admit to shedding a tear or two over it. But what came to mind is I hope and pray these families know there is help out there for them in the Christian community. I pray they know about Freecycle for clothing and for meeting needs (more here). If ever there was is simple beautiful example of “ask and receive” its Freecycle. You simple offer good things you have to give and ask for things you need. Free. A truly blessed use of technology, all you need is not to have pride and just ask.
Get active about your receiving.
1. Unforgiveness stands between you and God.Why? Because we are all sinners, and through Grace God has forgiven us and sees us as righteous. If God can forgive us all the awful things we’ve done, we can forgive others.
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:14-15
2. Forgiveness is good for you. If you harbour unforgiveness you will be holding onto bitterness and thinking badly of others, sinning and opening a door to the enemy to get into your life and cause havoc.
29 Do not say, “I’ll do to them as they have done to me; I’ll pay them back for what they did.” Proverbs 24:29
3. Forgiveness is mainly for your benefit, not for the benefit of the person you are forgiving. As long as you are feeling like a victim, you are carrying a heavy burden. Forgiveness allows you to put the burden down. And simply walk away from it. Free.
4. Choosing not to forgive gets us stuck in our own past, preventing moving forward. Without forgiveness you are constantly stuck in your own past. Many people waste years of their lives in bitterness and resentment when they could, through forgiveness, have lived that time in joy.
5. Forgiving helps us grow. Once you have forgiven anyone in your life you feel has harmed you,you suddenly find you have more time for thinking good productive and useful happy thoughts instead of negative and useless self-centred complaining.
6. Forgiveness leads to healing. Holding onto resentment and not forgiving is sinful and seems to stand in the way of physical wellness. Just google bitterness and cancer if you don’t believe me.
“But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “Get up, take your mat and go home.” Matthew 9:6
7. Forgiveness is a free gift! Free to give and to receive.
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times” Matthew 18:21-22
8. Forgiveness leads to purification of the spirit.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
9. Being forgiving is empowering. Forgiving those who have done you wrong gives you the power back. It unbinds you from the effects of that transgression and opens the door to the Lord to deal with the situation.
Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. 2 Cor 2:7
God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you 2 Thessalonians 1:6
10. Jesus tells us to, He suffered and died and was resurrected so that we could have forgiveness.
“And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” Mark 11:25
“This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” Matthew 26:28