Friday, July 20, 2012

Handicaps and Healing

                Everyone has a handicap. For some, it’s physical and for some it’s an emotional, intangible one. Depression, smoking, alcoholism, and vanity are all examples of handicaps.

                Many people let physical handicaps or disabilities bring them down. They don’t reach their full potential and feel that they are less of a person than someone else. They don’t realize that they are just as complete as someone else. Unlike those of us who choose to sin, they didn’t ask to have a handicap, whether they were born with it or they went through a life event that caused it. God allowed for them to have a handicap. He’s not punishing them; he’s using them for his will.

“As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples
asked him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his
parents, that he was born blind?’
‘Neither this man nor his parents sinned,’ said Jesus, ‘but
this happened so that the work of God might be
displayed in his life.”

-John 9:1-3

                Jesus healed that blind man so that the unbelievers could see that Jesus and God were true and real! They didn’t have faith in what they could not see so Jesus gave them a reason to believe. There is a time for everything (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8) including a time to be healed. The blood of Jesus allows us to be whole and not have broken souls. He has the power to heal disease and accomplish the seemingly impossible.

“But he was pierced for out transgressions, he was crushed for our
iniquities; the punishment that brought us
peace was upon him, and by his stripes we are healed.”

-Isaiah 53:5

                Through his wounds and lashings that he received, we can be healed. We just need to believe and have faith. The prayer of a faithful person is powerful and effective (James 5:16). So, who can you turn to if you feel alone? God! He is always there for you with open arms and a listening ear. He will bring peace and comfort to you. Don’t let your handicap bring you down. He will always look out for you. Not only will he hear emotional handicaps, but He will also heal physical handicaps if it is according to His will. So don’t be discouraged.

“Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not
all his benefits- who forgives all your sins and heals
all your diseases…”

-Psalm 103:2-3

“For I will restore health to you and heal you of
your wounds,’ says the Lord, ‘Because they called you
an outcast saying: ‘This is Zion; no one seeks her.”

-Jeremiah 30:17

“Lord my God, I cried out to you, and you healed me.”

-Psalm 30:2

“Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.”

-Psalm 34:19

“Behold, I will bring it health and healing; I will heal
them and reveal to them the abundance of peace and truth.”

-Jeremiah 33:6

                Do you want the healing that seems impossible? You can accept Jesus Christ into your life today. I encourage you to do so. Without the blood of Jesus, we would still be broken souls. The bible states that it is not what goes into our mouth that makes us unclean but what comes out. We are judged by what we do and what we say. Therefore, in order to be saved, we must verbally confess. Confess is the Greek word homolegeōg, meaning to declare the same thing. This means that in confessing, you are agreeing to God’s judgment concerning man and His remedy through Christ.

“That is you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe
in your heart that God raised him from the dead,
you will be saved. For it is with your heart
that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth
that you confess and are saved.”

-Romans 10:9-10

                Don’t pray out of obligation. Pray out of true belief and willingness. This is not a simple acknowledgment that He is God and Lord of the universe, since even demons acknowledge that to be true (James 2:19). This is a deep personal conviction that Jesus is your master. It includes repenting from sin, trusting in Jesus for salvation, and submitting to His will. You must confess that you believe he was raised from the dead because without resurrection there is no salvation (1 Corinthians 15:14-17).


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