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At our church we passionately believe that God heals. In Exodus 15:26 God reveals that His very name is Jehovah Rapha, I am the God that heals you. It is deep in the heart and character of God to heal and transform lives. It is in the very fabric of who He is to heal.
In Psalm 103 we read
Praise the Lord, my soul;
all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
2 Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all his benefits—
3 who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
4 who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
5 who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Healing is something very personal to me. It’s been neat on fb this past week seeing fb memories about discovering I was allergic to wheat, beginning regular specialist visits, having copious amounts of blood tests, and yes, having to go gluten free… In fact in space of a few weeks I was gluten free, diary free to add to my egg free, nut free, seafood free, fruit free and it felt like, taste free. One test revealed that I was 3000x the limit of what a normal person’s rate would be. It was a diagnosis at the end of a 24 month journey of constant unwellness and reactions. In one test they did out of the 18 things they tested I was allergic to 15 of them. Only to go back the next month to say, oh you’re also allergic to these things now too. 18 out of 18. Over achiever!
Now I tell this not to brag about myself but to brag about Jesus and to declare that He is the same today as He was yesterday and will be tomorrow.
My life changed at His Presence Conference in 2014 one of the speakers begun the session saying that he had some specific conditions that he was going to call out and that God was going to heal.
Carpal tunnel. Arthritis. And then severe food allergies. I stood up. Now I had been prayed for so many times. So many. And sometimes saw some changes but was still battling the condition. And sometimes people would pray for me and say wanna test it and I would be like, bless your heart. NO!
But this time as people prayed for me I had a sense from God that YES I could eat! I KNEW I was healed.
So I did! We had a lovely morning tea prepared around the corner and I grabbed some yummy caramel slice and ate it.
Now this would be a trillion times more than my body could have handled. If I was reacting it would take about a minute for me to become uncontrollably itchy, for my lips to swell and for my temperature to rise, for me to feel dizzy and like my brain was fritzing out and well, there were other unpleasant things too that would have me in the bathroom for the day.
But none of that happened. So I ate half a piece of toast the next day. And the pizza the week later. And donuts.
No problems. Completely healed.
I tell you this because testimonies stir our faith. They remind us that God can do the impossible, and I say if He can do it for me, He can do it for you.
We believe God heals and love to pray for healing. We understand sometimes it is a process. I had a few years of process to walk through UNTIL my healing, just like how blind bartimaeus was blind UNTIl Jesus healed him, just as the lepers had leprosy UNTIL Jesus healed them, just as Lazerus was dead UNTIL Jesus healed him and raised him from death. But we stretch out in faith in every part of the journey, declaring and celebrating that our God is the God that heals.
Isaiah 53:5 says He was pierced for our transgressions, and he was crushed for our iniquities. The punishment that brought our peace was on him; and by his stripes we are healed.
But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole and we received healing from his wounds
A few weeks ago a situation arose that made me hit the wall. I felt like I was drowning and didnt know which way to swim for answers. The situation directly wasnt involving me but involved those I love dearly and deeply and there was no win, for anyone. My heart was crying out for wisdom from God and the miracle that only He can bring.
I went to bed at the end of the week with a heavy heart. Popping my earbuds in I flicked on the new Elevation Church worship album – There is a cloud – and hit random.
Now I love it when God does this. HE selected the song, I am sure of this. Within 4 lines my heart was at peace and I knew He was speaking.
I’m so glad that God is like this. He seeks us, He pursues us. He never gives up on us.
No matter how we run, no matter how we fall, He is there.
“More than any other organization or movement on this planet, the church should be a safe haven and incubator for audacity. Everyone else talks big, but in reality they have limited resources. For us, there is no limit to what we can see God do through us other than our faith to believe Him for it.” Steve Furtick
This song is a call to more, a call to give it all, a call to know God and make Him known…
I have a great fondness for this genre of music and love Chris Quilala’s style and sound. I also love and have great respect for his story and the personal journey of tragedy and triumph his family have faced over the past few years. Its real. This is his anthem.
One of the funniest things about being a parent is observing the family resemblance that get passed down from generation to generation.
There are the obvious.
Height. Or lack of it.
Hair colour. And hair colour changes…. My husband’s mum was completely white by the time she was 35 (and my husband is nearly completely gray/white at 43 – and looks awesome!)
But there are other things that families do in common, traits and quirks that identify people as belonging to a family.
You’ve probably heard the sayings:
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
Like father, like son
A chip off the old block.
Greater is the one who is in you than the one who is in the world. 1 John 4:4
In this life we have an enemy.
A defeated enemy, but one who is lashing out because of his defeat. Every time we step out and draw near to God and take some land the enemy will try to strike back and kill, steal, destroy, restrict, hinder. His tactics are oppression and temptation. He will lie to us and tell us we are not good enough or he will try to lure us into sin. He is “like” a roaring line trying to ensnare us away from God. His suggestions are lies. His accusations are lies.
As christians we need to be aware of spiritual realities and deal with them accordingly. Every time something goes wrong or you feel stink it is not the devil. But sometimes it is. We need to dial up our discernment so we can live in that place of victory that Jesus has won for us.
Remember – GREATER is HE – is GOD – is the CREATOR – is the SAVIOUR – is the KING OF KINGS – in you, living inside you, dwelling within you – than he that is in the world…
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armour of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand…. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one… Ephesians 6
Faith in God deflects that attack of the enemy. When you have faith in God you realize you are forgiven, protected, empowered, called, chosen, cleansed, transformed. Faith in the promises and declarations of God raises up a protective shield that deflects the lies of the enemy.
Today, do you know you are armed and dangerous? Do you know the authority you have in Jesus?
There is something amazing that happens when we behold God
When we see Him as He is
The psalmist describes it as mountains melting like wax in the presence of God. All else fades away said a more modern psalm singer.
Today, do you need to carve out some time to behold?
We’ve seen Your faithful hand
Your mercy without end
A King who bled and died
A God who sacrificed
Be enthroned upon the praises
Of a thousand generations
You are worthy. Lord of all
Unto You, the slain and risen King
We lift our voices with heaven singing
Worthy, Lord of all
All through this life we lead
And onto eternity
Our endless praise, we’ll cry
Jesus be glorified