Posts Tagged ‘ Healing ’

Broken Becomes Beautiful

But Peter said, “I have no silver or gold, but what I have I give you; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, stand up and walk.” Acts 3:6 NRSV

MP900341649[1] A man’s body was broken from birth. He was seen as little more than a lame beggar, one of the many broken people who sat at the temple gate looking for alms. For most of his life his brokenness got him peoples’ pity and their money.

Then one day Peter and John came along. They were fresh from being filled with the Holy Spirit. That Spirit opened their eyes to see that brokenness is more than an opportunity for pity. It is an opportunity for Jesus’ love to make something beautiful. So Peter took him by the hand and did something no one else dared to do. He shared the healing power of Jesus Christ and lifted the man to his feet. In that moment a broken life became a beautiful witness to the healing power of Jesus’ love.Faith

That’s what Jesus came to do. That’s what the cross is all about. The redeeming work of our Lord and Savior takes our brokenness and makes us into new creatures in Christ!

I think we turn away from brokenness too often. Or we stop to pass on our pity, while forgetting to try and transform that brokenness into something beautiful.

Today’s video shares the story of a young woman who uses the artistic talents God has given her to turn pictures of human brokenness into portraits of hope and love. Click here to hear her speak about her work. Then take a minute and ask God how you can use what He has given you to touch brokenness with the beauty of Christ’s love!

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Love Does Everything Well!

For the Advent/Christmas season, each Monday’s post will look at the love that came down at Christmas. We will explore what Jesus’ love offers us and asks of us.

They were astounded beyond measure, saying, “He has done everything well; he even makes the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.” Mark7:37 NRSV

MP900399542[1]No one ever said that Jesus did the best he could. That’s because Jesus didn’t just try his best. He did everything well! That’s what is so astounding about his ministry. When faced with seemingly insurmountable problems and overwhelming odds, he delivered.

Jesus does everything well!

Just think about it. During his earthly ministry, Jesus didn’t have a 75% success rate. He healed every disease. He fixed every deaf, dumb and blind person seeking his help. He delivered those bound by spirits. He even brought back from the dead those who had died. There was no problem he shied away from, or need he left unmet.

But our needs today go beyond sick bodies and broken spirits. We need much more than a Great Physician or Strong Deliverer. We need a Savior who frees us from sin’s curse.Faith

Again, Jesus did exactly what had to be done. He didn’t just show us the way, he  made the way. He gave his own life. His broken body and spilled blood purchased our redemption. Then his resurrection paved the way for us to enjoy eternal life. He did everything well!

We don’t really need someone who tries their best. We need Jesus. He is God’s answer to every dilemma we face, every sickness we suffer, and every need we have. He is the way, the truth and the life. He does everything well!

Prayer:

Fairest Lord Jesus, you have the answers I need. You have the love I want. You give the life I long for. Let your healing, renewing and redeeming love be born anew in me today!

Amen.

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The Heart of Things

He looked around them with anger; he was grieved at their hardness of heart and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out and his hand was restored. Mark 3:5 NRSV

MC900444825[1]During Jesus’ ministry he encountered many who refused to believe he was the Messiah. Not surprisingly, they also had trouble recognizing their need for his saving grace, redeeming love and healing power.

Through signs, wonders and the resurrection, Jesus gave ample evidence of his true identity and mission. An open and unbiased examination of his life and teachings would lead most to recognize that he was not just another religious radical or Jewish heretic. But Jesus encountered many who were unwilling to examine his claims and miracles in an open and unbiased way.MP900443384[1]

Jesus recognized and rebuked those who sought to discredit him. He knew their real  problem was not just a lack of faith, but a hard-heartedness in their hearts. They were puffed up with self-conceit. With all they had going for them, they thought they had no need for the hope, help and healing Jesus was offering.

On the same day Jesus dealt with these hard-hearted men, he met a man who not only had a need, but had a heart that was open to receiving whatever Jesus was willing to give. Recognizing his need for healing, and seeing that his heart was ready to respond, Jesus helped him.

MC900434722[1] An open heart is a heart that recognizes its need for help and healing. It’s a heart that acknowledges its need for God’s love, grace and power. An open heart is a heart that welcomes Jesus Christ, listens to what he has to say, willingly receives all that he has to give, and then responds to his call!

It really is a matter of the heart. Jesus did all that had to be done. Now it’s up to us.

It’s a matter of the heart!

The question is, are we going to allow Jesus to step into our life each and every day? Are we going to seek out the healing power, redeeming grace and abundant life he offers? Or are we going to fall back into a spirit of self-sufficiency, and keep Jesus at arm’s length?

Are you keeping Jesus at arm’s length?

It all depends on the heart. May we be always aware of our need for Jesus, always ready to respond to his call, and willing to receive the love, grace and power he came to give!

Open Your Heart To Jesus, Today!

Prayer:

Son of God and Savior of the world, I need you, and I have put my faith in you. Come and fill me with the love you give, with the peace you offer and the power you promise!

Amen.

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The Unseen Footprint

Listen to the psalmist’s words, and tell me what the problem is:MP900448595[1]

I cry aloud to God… in the night my hand is stretched out…my soul refuses to be  comforted… I moan; I meditate, and my spirit faints…I am so troubled that I cannot speak. Psalm 77:1-4 NRSV excerpts

I think this person is depressed. The writer mentions a number of the classic signs, including low mood, weakness and fatigue, and feeling distressed.

Amazingly, this psalmist quickly finds a way out of his depression and despair. Instead of dwelling on how he feels, he makes a magnificent change. He shifts gears and starts focusing on what he knows.

Listen to what he writes next:

I will call to mind the deeds of the LORD; I will remember your wonders of old. I will meditate on all your work, and muse on your might deeds…You are the God who works wonders; you have displayed your might among the peoples. Psalm 77:11-12 NRSV

He has discovered a way out of the mental wilderness of worry, depression and  defeat. That way focuses on the unseen reality. In fact, in verse 19 he writes, “…your footprints were unseen.”

The psalmist discovered that looking at only at our situation, and dwelling only on the problems facing us, leads to despair. But going beyond our five senses, and Taking care opening our eyes to God and the unseen reality of God’s love and grace at work in and around us, opens the door to a new attitude and a new hope!

This is one way that Jesus brings us victory. His words shift our attention from what we are going through and how we feel, to what God is doing in us and through MP900444539[1]us. That shift opens the door to new possibilities, and gives us reason for joy!

When you feel down and defeated, what is your mind focusing on? Maybe you can join me and learn from the psalmist’s example. Maybe in the days ahead you can fix your mind on God, and on the unseen footprint of God’s love at work in your life!