Healing Devotions: Day #5
Today’s Scripture: For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago (Ephesians 2:10).
Confession: I was created by God to do good things. God has made me exactly who I am and placed me where I am to do good things that no one else can do. Today I will do what I am assigned to do to improve my life and the lives of those around me.
The Lord’s Prayer: Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And don’t let us yield to temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever and ever. Amen.
God created a new nature inside of us which enables us to do good works. We are each uniquely placed in this world to do good things that no one else can do. Our lives are unique. We have unique relationships, thoughts, and opportunities.
Since we are his masterpiece, we need to value how we are created, as well as our experiences and relationships so we can accomplish the purposes he has for us. Every one of us has opportunity if we will believe what God believes about us. If, however, we believe only what others say about us, we may never accomplish the uplifting and life-giving plans God has for us. God wants to bless us so we are empowered to do his work. The following Scriptures highlight Jesus’ determination to fulfill God’s perfect will for his life.
I (Jesus) have come to do your will, O God – (Hebrews 10:7).
Jesus himself is a revelation of the will of God. He did the will of God; he healed all who came to him. You might think that your failures will prevent you from doing God’s perfect will for your life. The exact opposite is true. It’s your failures that will allow the manifestation of God’s total healing in your life which will actually equip you to fulfil God’s calling.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8).
Therefore, it was necessary for him to be made in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters, so that he could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God. Then he could offer a sacrifice that would take away the sins of the people (Hebrews 2:17).
Healing does not just apply to physical healing, but emotional, spiritual, and relational healing. Jesus provides every kind of healing that any of us might ever need. His sacrifice for us was enough to keep us effective as his instruments all of our lives. In other words, he set the example of healing in the Gospels, then he heals us in ways that enable us to heal others.
Go and announce to them (God’s people) that the Kingdom of Heaven is near. Heal the sick, raise the dead, cure those with leprosy, and cast out demons. Give as freely as you have received! (Matthew 10:7-8).
These miraculous signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak in new languages. They will be able to handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won’t hurt them. They will be able to place their hands on the sick, and they will be healed (Mark 16: 17-18).
Are any of you sick? You Should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord. Such a prayer offered in faith will heal the sick, and the Lord will make you well. And if you have committed any sins, you will be forgiven Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results (James 5:14-16).
Remember, God has provided all types of healing through Christ’s redemptive work.
Yet it was our weakness he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed (Isaiah 53: 4-5).
That evening many demon-possessed people were brought to Jesus. He cast out the evil spirits with a simple command and he healed all the sick. This fulfilled the word of the Lord through the prophet Isaiah, who said, He took our sicknesses and removed our diseases (Matthew 8:16-17).
Let’s receive all the healing God has for us, and fulfill the purposes he designed for us to fulfill.
Pastor Ted Haggard, DD, CHBC, is a Bible teacher with an emphasis on New Testament solutions to the human condition. His Bible teaching is informed by biblical scholarship, Choice Theory (Glasser), Attachment Theory (Johnson), and Behavioral Studies using DISC (Rohm).
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