In the fifth chapter of John there is a man who has had an illness for thirty-eight years when Jesus asked him “Wilt thou be made whole?” Rather than simply saying “Yes”, he told Jesus all the reasons he hadn’t been healed. Maybe we do that from time to time and think about how long the discomfort has being going on or maybe we don’t deserve the healing, etc.
In John 5:8-9 it reads, “Jesus saith unto him, ‘Rise, take up thy bed and walk.’ And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked:”. Nothing is impossible to God when we let go and let God be God and release all human outlining.
It is so easy to be disillusioned while listening to the news of today. Often we are not even sure what to believe. That is when I pray with Ephesians 4:14 which states ” That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;”. Today I will listen for God’s directions which He never fails to do when I do listen with humility rather than human will.
This morning I am reading and praying while on a deck overlooking a beautiful lake and the Rocky Mountains. There is a heavy mist concealing the lake and the mountains but I know they are there. This is how Jesus healed! He knew the Truth about man’s real spiritual identity. John 9:3 reads “Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents; but that the works of God should be made manifest in him ”
Never for a moment did I doubt the Truth about the scene I was viewing. Man is made perfect spiritually and there can never be any imperfection in perfection. This is my prayer today.
When we pray to surrender human will, our thought becomes receptive to God and His will, which is always so much more fulfilling to us. The struggle is thinking and outlining the answer for God rather than wait upon Him to reveal what we need to know.
Psalms 37:23 reads “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and He delights in His way ”
II Timothy 1:7 states , “God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” Praying with this verse gives us authority to declare that God has given us “a sound mind”, perfect health and eternal life. This prayer gives us confidence to know that God is governing and supplying our every human need.
By knowing this, we can refute all negative thoughts and replace them with positive ones. These thoughts can keep one healthy!
While reading about the Crucifixion, I am always amazed that only one of the disciples was present while the Christ was on the cross. They had spent the last few years with Him listening to His teaching and watching His healing of the multitudes, but had fled during his worst time. After pondering this, I think I should be gentler with myself when it looks as if I have little or no faith.
John 20:19 states, “So when it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and when the doors were shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.'” He blessed them even after they had fled when He had needed them most. He always forgave. By being kinder to myself, I am able to be kinder to others. Today, I will do that!
The brothers of Joseph were very fearful after their father had died. Humanly, Joseph had reasons to hate his brothers for all that they had done to him. The key word there is “humanly”, but Joseph always listened to God. In Genesis 50:20-21 it states, “But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.”
This is applicable to our lives today, when rather than entertain regrets of the past, know everything that happens is to glorify God. There are times we don’t recognize this Truth right away. To stay in the past is futile and useless unless we use that time to see our spiritual growth.
Acts 17:27 reads, “God did this so that men would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.” This morning while studying and praying about a specific issue, I was gently reminded of “Pop Quizzes” I was given in school.
They were not given as punishment due to something I had done wrong, but just to see if I were learning and applying what I was studying and learning. The same applies here as I read the Bible. How freeing that is to me to look upon a seeming challenge that way.
“Be still and know that I am God.” is from Genesis 46:10 and is how I begin each morning. With that verse, outside thoughts can be quietened as I listen for God. The first thing that is overcome is fear and doubt, which is mesmerizing and hypnotizing. Sometimes, it takes longer than others, but my thinking needs to be receptive and humble and can only reach that stage when fear is gone.
When I realize that God is always here, not just when I need Him to clean up a mess that I have made but He also preserves Good, which is ongoing. There are times, when it is less obvious, but when I trust Him completely, He reveals what I need to know and always has. My heart is filled with humility and gratitude as I see proof of Him everywhere.
As I reread the story of the Prodigal Son, then ponder all of the healings in the Bible, I am so reassured that there is absolutely nothing that God cannot do. We could not dream up anything that is too difficult or too evil that God, Love cannot dispel. Psalm 16:11 reads, “You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
Today, I will relish that thought!