Posted in Ages 11 & above, God & Me

Healing

Our human body is prone to ailment and sicknesses. Different sicknesses have different effects on our body. It will all result in our body not working the way it is supposed to work. Sickness like cancer changes a person’s complete appearance and will put them in a lot of pain. It is terrible to live in such pain. Most sicknesses takes a toll on our body and doesn’t cure even after taking a lot of medicines. It is very difficult to live with it. Is there a way out?

Let us open the treasure book to find clues.

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Jesus the Healer

Yes, there is one way out. JESUS!!!

And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.

Matthew 4: 23

Healing and miracles were a big part of Jesus’s ministry when He lived on earth. People flooded to see Him from all around the area. He performed marvelous deeds that was never heard nor seen until then. The blind saw… the mute talked… the lame walked… the dead raised… and so on. The power of God worked through Jesus. He healed all kinds of diseases and sickness. There was no sickness or disease that He couldn’t heal. He healed them all, even those tormented by unclean spirits.

Now He is not living on the earth anymore but in heaven with the Father. Can He still perform healings and miracles and other wonders on Earth?

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Hebrews 13:8

The word of God says Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. What He was from the beginning of times is what He was when He lived on the Earth, and what He is today, and what He will be in the times to come. He doesn’t change, but remains the same from ever after to ever after. This means if He could heal and perform miracles yesterday He is able to do it today and tomorrow and for evermore.

Jesus is “God our healer” and He is the same from ever after to ever after. He is still able to perform wonders, miracles and healings.

Is He willing to heal me?

And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.

Matthew 8:2-4

And He came down with them and stood on a level place with a crowd of His disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem, and from the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear Him and be healed of their diseases, as well as those who were tormented with unclean spirits. And they were healed.

Luke 6:17-18

A leper came to Jesus for healing. He told Jesus, ” Lord if you are willing you can make me clean”. Jesus did not reply to him – “Go away from me”. He said “I AM WILLING” and cleansed Him. We also see great multitudes going to him for healing. Not one returned without being healed. All of them were healed.

Even when we go to hospitals, depending on the criticality of our condition, they sometimes respond, “Sorry we cannot do much in this case”. But with Jesus it is very different. If we are willing to approach Him, He is willing to heal each of us, no matter how bad / worse / critical our condition is.

Jesus is willing to heal each of us. Be willing to approach Him. His arms are stretched out open wide, ready for us – to embrace us and heal us.

How do I approach Him?

We now have found the healer and know that He is willing to take our case. Now how do we approach Him? Let us look at few examples of people who approached Him.

The blind men (Matthew 9:27-31)

When Jesus passed by, two blind men followed him crying aloud, “Have mercy on us, Son of David.” Jesus then entered a house and these blind men followed him there. Jesus asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to him, “Yes, Lord.” Then He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith be it done to you.”

The woman with issue of blood (Matthew 9:20‭-22, Luke 8:43-47)

Jesus was on His way to heal a ruler’s daughter. On the way, a poor widow who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment. Because she said to herself, “If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.” Jesus turned around and said, “Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me“. He saw her and said, “Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.” And the woman was made well from that hour.

The Analysis

In both examples, we see common traits in the people who approached Jesus.

Firstly, they pursued Jesus.

Both blind men, when they heard Jesus passing by, tried their best to reach Him. When they could not meet Him, they further pursued Him until they found Him. We see the same trait with the woman as well. She was very poor already as she spent all her savings on her illness. Moreover, with her illness, she was not supposed to be seen in public places as per the law. But this did not stop her. She took the risk and went around looking for Jesus until she found Him.

Secondly, they believed that Jesus could heal them. They had Faith in Jesus.

Jesus asked the blind men if they believe He could heal them. And they said they believed. Both were healed according to their faith. The woman however did not even want to meet Jesus. But only wanted to touch His garment. For her faith was great and she believed just touching the hem of His garment is enough to heal her. As soon as she touched the garment, power went out from Him and healed her. Her faith in Jesus, activated the power of God for healing.

Both blind men and the woman pursued Jesus even with their limitations. They believed in Jesus and their faith activated the power of God to heal them. They were healed in that very same instant.

Jesus died on the cross for our sins and also for our sickness.

that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “He Himself took our infirmities And bore our sicknesses.”

Matthew 8:17

He suffered for our sake and bore our sickness on the cross that if we believe in Him, we do not have to suffer or deal with it any more. Healing is made available by the cross to those who believe in Jesus.

Pursue Jesus even with all your limitations. Believe in Him and that He has made healing available to us by enduring the cross. Your faith will activate His power to heal and enable you to receive healing.

Treasures uncovered

Jesus is “God our healer” and He is the same from ever after to ever after. He is still able to perform wonders, miracles and healings.

Jesus is willing to heal each of us. Be willing to approach Him. His arms are stretched out open wide, ready for us – to embrace us and heal us.

Pursue Jesus even with all your limitations. Believe in Him and that He has made healing available to us by enduring the cross. Your faith will activate His power to heal and enable you to receive healing.

Prayer:

Abba Father, we love You and honor You. We thank You Jesus for being our healer. We thank You that You took our sickness and diseases on the cross. Help us to completely believe in You and believe in everything the Cross is offering us. Heal us completely for we believe in your healing power. In Jesus name, Amen.


Posted in Ages 11 & above, Life Skills

OMG !!! What do I do?

Life is a roller coaster ride with too many ups and downs, bumps and halts. We have to face many situations and some of them would be life threatening and critical. It is quite naturel to be panicky in such situations. In such crucial times, the decisions that we take decides our future – it can either be good for us or disastrous. Usually, decisions taken in panick tend to be foolish. How do we handle such critical situations without losing our cool and without being foolish? As always let’s look into the treasure book to find clues…

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Example of Saul (1 Samuel 13)

After Saul reigned two years over Israel, his army headed by his son Jonathan attacked the troops of the Philistines. Then the Philistines gathered together to fight Israel. The Philistine army was too powerful and numerous for Israel to handle. Many Israelites hid and some of them even fled to other countries. Saul and his army waited seven days according to the time set by Samuel, the prophet. But Samuel did not come to Saul and the people were scattered from him. So Saul said, “Bring a burnt offering and peace offerings here to me.” He then offered the burnt offering. As soon as he had finished presenting the burnt offering, Samuel came. When Saul went out to greet him, Samuel said, “What have you done?” Saul said, “When I saw my people scattered and that you did not come within the promised days and saw the Philistines gathered together to fight us and that I have not made supplication to the Lord, I felt compelled and offered a burnt offering.” Samuel said to Saul, “You have done foolishly. You have not kept the commandment of the Lord your God, which He commanded you. For now the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. But now your kingdom shall not continue. The Lord has sought for Himself a man after His own heart, and the Lord has commanded him to be commander over His people, because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you.

Analysis

Here Saul was in a very strenuous and critical situation. A huge army of the enemy was ready to attack his country and he could not match them in anyway. He was between life and death. His people started abandoning him and above all the prophet who was supposed to tell him what to do next did not turn up as promised. He grew afraid & impatient. Instead of waiting any further, he took the matter in his hands and sacrificed before God. Right then Samuel arrived. In lifethreatening situations, we usually tend to take very stupid decisions out of panic and that’s exactly what Saul did here. Instead of trusting God who made him king and waiting on Him to carry out His perfect plan, Saul tried to carry out his own plan. Saul was very foolish to act in haste and carry out matters his way. How far could he go in his own might? He disobeyed God, did not keep His commands and acted foolishly. There was consequences for his foolish act – Saul lost his kingship because of this foolish act.

Not keeping God’s commands in any critical situation is foolishness. The decisions made in disobedience to God’s commands, no matter how critical the situation, is foolishness and will have bad consequences.

Example of Israelite Midwives (Exodus 1:15-21)

Israelites were living in Egypt after the time of Joseph and were multiplying greatly. The Egyptians were threatened because of this and the king of Egypt called the Hebrew midwives Shiphrah and Puah who used to assist the Hebrew women in child birth and told them “When you do the duties of a midwife for the Hebrew women, and see them on the birthstools, if it is a son, then you shall kill him; but if it is a daughter, then she shall live.” But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the male children alive. So the king of Egypt called for the midwives and asked them, “Why have you done this thing, and saved the male children alive?” And the midwives said to Pharaoh, “Because the Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women; for they are lively and give birth before the midwives come to them.” Therefore, God dealt well with the midwives, and the people multiplied and grew very mighty. And so it was, because the midwives feared God, that He provided households for them.

Analysis

Egypt was the biggest empire during this time and Pharaoh, the king was the MOST POWERFUL person in that empire!! The Children of Jacob (Hebrews / Israelites) were living there as slaves and were working for Pharaoh. God was with them and they multiplied in number!! Pharaoh and his people were alarmed at their rising population and wanted to kill all male children of the Israelites. During those times pregnant women used to give birth at their homes with the help of midwives (nurses). Pharaoh summoned the Hebrew midwives Shiphrah and Puah and gave them order to kill all the little boy babies at birth! It was an order – a command from the emperor himself. And if you don’t follow the command, it is a crime. You can even be put to death. Pharaoh had the power to do anything to them if they disobeyed him. On the other hand, “killing” babies or “MURDERING” them is a SIN before GOD. They were in a very critical situation. Either they should obey pharaoh and displease God or they should obey God and displease pharaoh.

How did the midwives handle this situation? Not obeying Pharaoh will definitely have horrible consequences – they could loose their lives. There could not be any situation worser than disobeying and displeasing a dictator who can get you killed in an instant!!! But they also knew God was the “supreme power” and that He is more powerful than Pharaoh. So they chose to obey GOD. They feared GOD more than they feared Pharaoh, the king. They believed God will take care of their situation if they trusted and obeyed Him.

Did pharaoh kill them for not obeying him? When Pharaoh found that the midwives did not obey him, he summoned them. God gave them the wisdom to answer him. Pharaoh let them go.

The midwives were wise enough to understand that it is better to OBEY GOD than dipleasing a dictator!!! Because they feared God and did not murder the little boys, God dealt with them well and gave them families of their own. The midwives handled the situations right and so it was well with them. They chose to keep God’s commandments even when it became life threatening for them. God took care of them and gave them a life.

Keep God’s commands in all situations, no matter how critical they are and it will be well with us.

When in critical situations, panicking is not a choice for us – who are the children of God. If we panick there is a great possiblity that we end up doing foolish acts like King Saul. The only thing we should do is to TRUST HIM completely, wait on HIM and abide by all HIS COMMANDS – like the wise midwives.

But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.

Isaiah 43:1-2

You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.

Isaiah 26:3

As long as we are redeemed by Christ and remain as God’s children, He is our caregiver, our protector, our father and our all-in-all. We only need to trust HIM to guide us and take us through. When we trust God completely, He will fill us with perfect peace and there will not be any room for panic, anxiety, worry, fear or the sort.

No matter how bad or critical our situation is, GOD Almighty is the ONLY ONE who can help us through. It doesnt matter if we are passing through water, river or fire because there is absolutely no situation that God cannot handle. We need to remember that the situations that seem gigantic and powerful before us is very tiny and feeble for Him.

There is no situation that is too hard for God. Trust God with your life and wait on Him. He will fill your hearts with perfect peace and guide you through.

Treasures uncovered

Not keeping God’s commands in any critical situation is foolishness. The decisions made in disobedience to God’s commands, no matter how critical the situation, is foolishness and will have bad consequences.

Keep God’s commands in all situations, no matter how critical they are and it will be well with us.

There is no situation that is too hard for God. Trust God with your life and wait on Him. He will fill your hearts with perfect peace and guide you through.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for teaching us how to handle all critical situations. Help us to completely trust you and wait on you rather than take foolish decisions during critical times. Thank you for filling our hearts with prefect peace. We Love you and adore you. In Jesus name, Amen.