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Cynicism and skepticism are children of doubt. They are clandestine joy stealers. Does anyone categorize a good day when it’s laced with cynicism or skepticism? Does joy overflow when it comes from you or you are around it constantly? I didn’t think so.
The first four books in the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke & John) overflow with miracles of healing by Jesus. God has been and always will be in the business of healing. He gave us the gift of His Son as a human, just like you and me. Jesus lived and walked among us as a living example of God.
People in that time period were used to following a religious regiment of doing and saying certain things a certain way. Jesus came and rocked everyone’s world. Being the son of God, Jesus was and always will be in the same business as His Father.
Ten men were consumed with the same disease that alienated them from family, friends and all of society. They created their own support group and lived amongst one another. Through word of mouth, they heard about the healing of Jesus. As Jesus was traveling through their area, from a distance, they cried out to Jesus to have mercy on them. Jesus told them to go see their Spiritual leaders. As they went, they were healed of their disease.
The cynics of the world say, “Yeah, right! Those guys have been like that for years. There is no way they can be healed instantaneously.“ This is doubt weaseling its way into defunk Jesus.
Why do you think Jesus told the guys to go to their Spiritual leaders? The Spiritual leaders knew who they were, knew they had a disease that had no cure, knew the reason why they lived where they lived. The leaders, family and their community just got the shock of their lives. Ten guys who had an incurable disease were now healed. I would have liked to have been a witness of that. To be a living, breathing, healed by Jesus walking testimony would be a lifetime of joy-filled days. Cynicism and skepticism can not exist with joy. It’s one or the other. Which do you choose?
Two thousand years ago and today doubt is a stumbling block to knowing, seeing and believing God’s healing. We are all infected with a disease that steals our joy. External and internal ailments consume our mind into believing we are unhealable. BIG. FAT. LIE.
When you face a circumstance with the mindset of failure, then most likely failure will occur. When you face a circumstance expecting success and healing, by your faith, you will be healed. Often Jesus said, “Your faith has healed you.” Faith in what? Faith is God’s Word and healing power.
Specialized doctors told me I would not carry a child full term. Two years later, I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. A year and a half later I gave birth to my beautiful baby girl. God healed my physical ailments and gave me two gifts of His grace.
At times, the hardest battle to fight is the one within our mind that few people can see. Several years ago, I was questioning my identity in Christ and who I was as a woman, wife, mother, pastor’s wife and teacher. My mom, (who knows me better than I know myself!) gently asked what was bothering me. She said, “You’re not yourself. My daughter is hurting and I want to help ease the pain.” (Yep. I’m blessed to have her as my mom!) Tears overflowed as I poured out my hurt and pain. Over time, with the power of my mom’s prayers and the power of God’s Word, my darkness turned to light. I was awakened to the daughter God had created me to be. Because of my faith, He healed me.
Sadness, loss, despair and emptiness almost stole my joy for good. At times, my only prayer was, “Have mercy, Father. Please have mercy.” Through my faith, belief and grasp on His promises, He poured mercy over me and the darkness turned to light. Relief of the inner pain. Relief from the merry-go-round conversation rolling around in my head. Relief from feeling this was as good as it’s going to get. Not just relief, even better, healing. Jesus heals physical, outword diseases. Jesus also heals inward battles of our hearts and minds.
The ten guys that were healed from their physical disease, jumped for joy, ran for joy as a living, breathing miracle of Jesus. YOU are a living, breathing, walking, jumping for joy example of the power and miracles of Jesus. You are a walking witness of His great and mighty power of His Word and healing. Do you believe He has healed you? Are you jumping for joy? Are you excited to go tell someone how God has healed you?
“Let me tell you ‘bout my Jesus. Let my Jesus change your life.” Anne Wilson – “My Jesus”
Reflect on how and when Jesus has healed you. Tell someone about your Jesus. Help others see Jesus through you. Jump for joy in His healing.
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