Scripture: Isaiah 35: 1-8
We shall live whole again. Our health shall rise again.
Isaiah 35 speaks of a wholeness for our souls, our minds, our body and our relationships.
One of the titles of God is Jehovah Rapha: The healing God, God who heals. God is a healer by nature and by name. "One out of every seven verses in the Gospels is about healing & wholeness." 2/3 of Jesus' ministry time was spent on healing and delivering. Jesus bore our griefs, carried our sorrows, was wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our sins, chastised for our peace and took stripes on His back for our healing.
The Bible is a healing Book! To become whole we must believe what God has said in His word. Your healing is not dependent on how you feel. Healing is activated by your faith.
The question is how can I be whole?
Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 4:9-13, Romans 12:14, Hebrews 11: 20-21
In these verses we read that "being reviled, we bless," The word reviled means: "to abuse, attack with evil works," and the Bible tells us "Blessed are ye, when men revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake." The Word tells us to "bless and curse not," Paul wanted the Roman church to be the paradigms for the Roman culture not have their culture define them.
There are five reasons why we should bless others, even those who revile us:
1) When we do: we emulate God! He has the sun rise and the rain fall on both the good and evil.
2) God demonstrates extraordinary longsuffering towards us all daily!
3) When we bless, a blessing is returned to us!
4) Words of grace and patience produce more good fruit than words of anger and frustration.
5) When we bless those who curse us, we break the cycle of anger and hatred.
Blessing is the projection of good into the life of another: by faith we can bless others. Notice the needs of others that God puts in your path. Pray about ways to solve some one else's problems, ask God how you can bring good into someone's darkness! Be a source of constant encouragement for others. Lift others up by complimenting them. Take a genuine interest in others. Show courage on the behalf of others. Feel the touch of the Divine within your own self and pass that feeling on to others. God heals us when we take the time to pray for others!
Scriptures: Chronicles 7:14
What does it mean to be humble? Does the spirit with which one approaches God actually affect their prayers?
There are some common misconceptions about what humility is:
Misconception 1: humility means to debase ourselves! Truth: you can realize that you are valued.
Misconception 2: humility means to think lowly of self. Truth: You can understand your importance.
Misconception 3: Humility is connected to self-esteem. Truth: you can have faith in yourself.
Humility is about how we view others. Moses was a very humble man, while Miriam and Aaron spoke against him. Moses did not defend himself, God did. Moses demonstrated sober judgement, which is tempered and restrained reactions. He was not consumed with self-importance, self-honor or self-adornment. He did not feel he was always right in his judgement.
Humility is about how we view God: He is the only one who is awesome! Humility is about raising Christ up: exalting, trusting and revering Him. Humility is about our heart attitude in response to God: we must have no barriers. We must deal with sin immediately by taking action. 'God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble," says James 4:6. Oppose means to stand against in battle: God opposes pride!
It was once written about humility that it requires "eating crow: Conviction, Repentance, Obedience, Work!"