31 Days of Praise| Day 18 The Lord Who Heals

The Lord, our God, is our healer (Exodus 15:26).  He is Jehovah-Rapha, healer of all that ails us. He is the Great Physician. During His earthly ministry, we see Jesus heal people over and over again. Healing is a big part of the work that God does. He does this Himself and through doctors, physicians, surgeons, and nurses. He cares for us. He has gifted people with healing abilities and skills to help us with our physical ailments.

In addition to healing us physically, God heals our soul. He is the healer of our soul. He restores us to good health spiritually, working His son, Jesus and through the Holy Spirit.

We can praise the Lord for His willingness to make us whole. We can praise Him for being the ultimate healer.

Blessings,

The Devotional Guy™

Healing

 

 

A Sunday Prayer

On this Sabbath Sunday, I am taking a break from the Morning and Evening Prayer series that we began journeying through together a couple of weeks ago. I hope you are being blessed by this intentional focus on prayer and that it is helping you grow in your spiritual walk. Personally, I know delving into this study of prayer has enriched my daily prayer life.

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Have you ever wondered why we, as Christians, observe the holy day on Sunday instead of Saturday? Yes, it’s true. The Sabbath was historically practiced on Saturday prior to the Resurrection. Sometime after the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, the church began observing the Sabbath on Sunday because Jesus rose from the grave on that first Easter Sunday.

My prayer for you today is simply that you would bask in the glory of God and rejoice in His goodness. He is SO good to each of us. Today, may you be blessed during your special time of worship focused on Him. He LOVES us beyond comprehension. As you prepare for the week ahead, may you be filled with love, joy, and peace. Be a bright shining light wherever the days ahead lead you. Amen.

The Devotional Guy™

This is the day that the Lord has made;

let us rejoice and be glad in it!

This is the day of the Lord;

our Savior, Christ, is risen!

He has conquered sin and death,

the power of love has overcome,

and God has given us the victory!

Hallelujah!

An Old Church Prayer based on Psalm 118:24 and 1 Corinthians 15:55-7 

Reference:

Ashwin, Angela (2002) The Book of a Thousand Prayers. Zondervan. Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Are You Tired and Empty? Find Jesus.

False belief leads to fatigue and emptiness. Are you worn out and running on empty?

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Mark 1:1 (ESV)

Jesus heralds the beginning of great significance in the history of the cosmos. By leaving the throne of God and becoming the Father’s humble servant on Earth, Jesus ushers in a paradigm shift of breathtaking magnitude.  Prior to Jesus, we were eternally separated from God. Through Jesus, you and I can choose to live a life marked by the eternal truth that nothing can separate us from God, our Father.

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:38-39 (ESV)

By the time Mark wrote his Gospel, “Jesus Christ” had become a proper name, not a name (Jesus) and a title (Christ). However, Mark intended “Christ” to have its full meaning—Jesus, Messiah. Mark further identifies Jesus Christ as the “Son of God.” Together, “Jesus,” “Christ,” and “Son of God” present Jesus as a man who was God’s special agent but who was also fully divine. Fully Human, Fully God. Jesus took on the role of a servant of the Father to save humanity and restore our relationship with God.

Mark’s Gospel tells us about Jesus. It also mixes in stories about the religious authorities-those who stood in opposition to Christ and the disciples who sought to follow Him. God is for you not against you. Nothing can separate you from the love of the Father. Nothing.

Find Jesus

Fellowship With God

So let me ask you: How are you and God doing? What’s the status of your relationship? How are you and God? If you updated your Facebook page to show your relationship status with God what would say? Close? Distant? Intimate? Removed? Deep and Wide? Broken and in need of repair? Unwound?

Maybe your reeling and hurting inside. Healing can’t begin until we’re ready to admit our hurt. We won’t tend to our wounds if we choose to ignore them and keep them hidden from view.  Our broken habits won’t change if we don’t admit that we are powerless over them.

Jesus came to make a way for us leading to restoration. There is no hurt so deep that God cannot heal it. There is no fear you face that the Lord can’t help you overcome. There is no sin too great for His grace and mercy. There’s nothing too big for Him to forgive.

How you view the first verse of Mark’s gospel defines your relationship with God. Do you follow Jesus? Do you call Him Lord? Have you received Him as Savior?

Who Are You Following?

We all follow someone. If you’re not following Christ, who do you follow?

Who/what do you have faith in? God? Yourself? Someone else? Something else? Money? Things? A door knob? Door knobs are great after all. They are used to open doors. They help you get from A to B. But beyond that, door knobs can’t do much for you, can they?

Before he died, my Dad used to spend a lot of time in his workshop. In that workshop hung a sign that read:

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My Dad was a boss in real life. My Dad was Boss in our home. He was the boss of our lives. It was his way or the highway. He controlled everything. Naturally, I rebelled, wanting to do things my own way. Then one day I became a boss myself.

Like my Dad, I sought to control people, situations, and things. In his world, my Dad was god. And like my Dad, I saw myself as god of my life, until one day, tired and empty, hurting and broken, I gave my life to Jesus Christ. Today, Jesus is the God I serve. He is whom I have placed my faith and trust in–Him and Him alone.

God is for You, not against You.

Apart from Christ, I can’t do anything. But in Christ, I am a new creation. The old has washed away and the new has come. I am refreshed, restored, and renewed. I am no longer tired and empty. I am no longer dry like the desert. Rather, I am overflowing with the Spirit.

Jesus is for you, not against you.

Are you tired and broken? Are you wounded and hurting? Through Jesus, you can change that today.

Are you tired and empty? Find Jesus.

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4th Friday Prayer Time