But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5)
Despite what we may be going through in our lives, God wants to heal us from our emotional bondage that continues to hinder our spiritual growth to maturity. God wants to give us peace, love, and comfort throughout our lives. God wants to free our minds, bodies, and spirits from those things that will harm us. God does not want us to live in pain and misery.
Itís important for all of us to read, pray and meditate in Godís Word. There is no doubt in my mind that God is my healer. No matter what my mind is telling me or how my body may feel, I trust God to heal me from the top of my head to the soles of my feet. I ask God to bless me with vibrant health and overflowing joy every day. How about you?
Here are some life challenges that you or someone you know maybe facing:
Mind Ė Mental Illness, Depression, Mood Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Schizophrenia, Anxiety Disorders, Personality Disorders, Worry
Body Ė Physical Aches and Pains, Stress, Eating Disorders, Arthritis, Stroke, Heart Attack, High or Low Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Cancer
Spirit Ė Lost in Sin, Nonbelievers
God has provided the following spiritual tools to assist us in this healing process:
The Cross of Jesus Christ
The cross is Godís remedy for our emotional pain and distress. Without Jesusí death on the cross for our sins, no one would have eternal life. Jesus said, ďI am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through meĒ (John 14:6). This verse explains the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The cross of Jesus Christ provides the way to heaven for sinful mankind, like you and I, who could never get there on our own.
The healing power of Godís Word is shown throughout the Bible. God truly has unfailing love for His people. God has always challenged us through His Word to experience Him in a tangible, but loving way so that He could bless us with health through our obedience. The Word of God says, ďFor the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of lifeĒ (Proverbs 6:23).
Rejoicing and Praise
God is the only unchanging constant in our lives. When all is gone Ė health, family, friends, money, position, etc. God remains. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). Isnít that something to rejoice about? Not only is God present with us, but Godís Word also tells us that nothing can separate from that great unconditional love.
The Holy Spirit
It is a fact that God knew that we could not change our sinful ways or heal ourselves in our own strength. God gave us His Holy Spirit to live within us and to take up residence in our hearts. The Holy Spirit gives us new birth, makes us a new creation in Godís sight and places us into the body of Christ. The Holy Spirit helps us to better understand and apply Scripture to our daily lives. (I Corinthians 2:12-13)
Godís Body, the Church
Godís Word tells us that God loves and accepts us, yet we strive to get love and acceptance from people we can see, hear and touch. If one part of the Christian body suffers, every other part suffers with it. So, if you are in a difficult situation, do not be alone. Reach out to Christian family members, friends, support groups, or spiritual counselors.
A New Self-Image in Jesus Christ
Not only must we believe in Godís evaluation of us, but we need to reject what our own faulty experiences and emotions tell us. Remember, self-image doesnít change because we focus on pleasing ourselves, but it changes because we believe God and accept His love for us.
When you enter Godís presence with praise, God enters your circumstances with power. Yes, we should be confident and know that God is forever powerful within this Earthly realm.
Always remember, nothing in this world is too big for our God. Donít underestimate God in times of trouble or distress. Humble yourself and turn it all over to God to handle. Allow God to guide your every thought, your every step along this journey called life. As I stated earlier, God is our healer today, tomorrow and forever!