A 5-day devotional by Martin Smith
Day 1 // Intro
Healing is a big part of the bible! Having done a quick search, the word “heal” or associated words (e.g, healing etc.) occurs 149 times. The recorded references to healings by Jesus in the Gospels number 41, but as John points out at the end of his gospel: “Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.”
We have to see healing as significant then - and to neglect it would not be a good representation of our faith.
If we can go back to basics we must understand that God created a perfect world. There was no sickness, pain or illness of any sort - mental or physical. This truly is God’s ideal and his goal. The problem, as we know, is that people messed it up in exercising their God given free-will. The choice was not to live under God’s umbrella of truth and health but to go our own way. The heart of God has not changed however and he still has health and well-being for you.
We see, in Jesus coming to the earth, a reversal of all that went wrong. Our sin can now be forgiven, we can experience the love of God and, as Jesus clearly showed by his ministry, a reversal of sickness can take place.
Sometimes, however, despite knowing these things we can rule ourselves out. This can be for many reasons - “God does not really care”; “I’m too fare gone”; or even “I don’t think God can do it!”
The fact is if you are a human being you are part of God’s eternal plan to put everything right. If you took your car to the garage every week but refused to let the mechanics work on it people would say that you were missing out.
As we go through the next few days I want you to believe that God wants to heal you - body soul and spirit, it is what he does and who he is! I would even go so far as to say he is desperate to work on you. I am having some building work done at the moment and by builder just wants to fix things! It is in him when he sees something not quite right he wants to sort it out. God is the same. Open yourself to what he wants to do and see an amazing change in your life.
Prayer:Lord Jesus I realised that it was never your will or intention for me to live with sickness or ill-health of any kind. Over these next few days help me open myself up to you and your healing power so that I may be restored to where you want me to be. I pray in your name. Amen
Day 2 // Body
The body may seem like not the place to start, as surely God is more interested in our soul? The reality is that this is often where Jesus started - addressing people’s immediate point of need. Can you believe that God loves you so much that he is troubled by your physical pain and ailments? This really is - this is the case. Like the blind man in Luke 18:40 Jesus asks, “what do you want me to do for you?” The man was clear and he was bold and assertive, “I want to see” he said.
When we come to Jesus we can’t make him do things - but we can come with an open, believing heart, recognising that he is the Lord of Heaven and Earth. We can recognise that nothing is impossible for him and it is an insult to maintain that he can’t do something. Apply this now to your situation. God wants you whole and well - he came to the earth to undo all root causes of sin and sickness. It would be crazy for a mechanic not to fix a car when he is able to do so. Do you think that God wants you not well?
Call out to him now. Ask him to heal the part(s) of you body that are troubling you. Do something physical like lay your hand on the part or stand up. Something that shows you are responding. We are praying together that you will be healed in Jesus name.
Prayer:Lord Jesus - thank you for wanting to heal me. Thank you that I am part of your big plan to bringing redemption and healing to the whole earth. I am asking , like the blind man in Luke 18, for you to heal me right now. I believe you can because you are the Lord am praying it in your name. Amen.
Day 3 // Soul
The definition of our soul is quite hard. There are various views but it is often seen as the seat of our emotions and thinking. I am going to interpret it today as our mind. Mental health is, of course, being highlighted significantly under our current conditions.
The bible does talk about our mind and it includes it as one of the things that we can change “by substitution”. This means that God does not try to fix things - he just replaces them! God does not try to fix our righteousness problem; he gives us the righteousness of Christ (Phil 3:9). He does not try to fix our lack of love he lavishes his love upon us (1Jn 3:1 and fills us with his love.
A few years ago I had a car crash. Due to the significant damage the insurance company did not try to fix it, they just gave me the money to replace it! It is like this with God. The effects of sin have caused a car crash in our lives - and you know what, God says; “here you go I will give you a new one!”
It is like this with our mind. Paul says in 1Cor 2:16 that we have the mind of Christ. We can substitute our thinking and emotions for his. All it takes is opening ourselves up to let him do it. A bit of brain surgery - or even a transplant!
There is a true saying that good Christians are just good receivers. I am praying that you allow God to open up your mind and do some serious and skilful handiwork.
Prayer:Dear God, I realise that my thinking and thought patterns are not right and beyond repair. I ask you to work in my mind and take out all that is stained by sin and replace it with the mind of Christ. Amen.
Day 4 // Spirit
Our spirit can be defined as our very core, the real us and the part of us that connects with God. Whatever our definition let’s keep the channels open. Only sin blocks the way - but 1 Jn 1:9 is clear - “if we confess our sins he is faithful to and just to forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness”. When we confess our sin to God he forgives us and we can live in fellowship and freedom with him. Despite the word of God saying this, we can often have a problem believing it or forgiving ourselves. We must, however, secure in ourselves the realisation that Jesus died for the sin of the whole world - so who are we to argue with this or think we know better than God - or that somehow our sins are exempt!
David sums this up well in Psalm 51: 10-12
Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
Notice how David links our spirit to the Holy Spirit who connects with is at a deep level. Let’s do the most important thing in the world - to walk in union with Him and unbroken fellowship with Jesus. Then we can truly live how we are meant to.
Prayer:Lord Jesus thank you for dying for my sins. I understand that your death paid the punishment for me and I can be forgiven always. I can now walk in fellowship with God - experiencing his love, peace and power and live the life I was created to live. In Jesus name. Amen.
Day 5 // Thank You
My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord;
In the morning I will direct itto You,
And I will look up.
You know the story of the 10 lepers, who Jesus healed, can help us to understand the heart of God a bit. He does expect us to say thank you! If we remember after Jesus healed the lepers in Lk 17, only one came back and gave thanks. Jesus asked; “where are the other 9?”
As we have gone through this week you have looked at the healing that God wants to bring into your life. I truly believe that as you have opened yourself up to God and asked for his help he has sent healing in. If you haven’t yet then why not ask right now?
It is important, now, to thank him for what he has done. Psalm 50:23 says:
But giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honours me.
If you keep to my path,
I will reveal to you the salvation of God.” (NLT)
This clearly has the image of speaking into our on-going relationship with God. God does not need our thanks but, on our part, it shows a soft and willing heart.
Prayer:Dear God, thank you for healing me this week. I understand that it is your desire that I live healthy and free of any conditions - be them physical, mental or spiritual. Thank you that your death and resurrection obtained victory and release and you are greater than any sickness. I now ask that I walk in fellowship with you, experiencing your presence and goodness and living the life that was always meant for me.