As I started working on more of my books on healing the wounded spirit, I had a question. Why do most people not see that they need the healing of Jesus in their lives? I have been told that we just need to study the Bible and everything will be fine. Yes, I agree we need to study the Bible, but I believe that there is more and I believe that healing is from Jesus. I believe that we need to read and study the Bible, but we must apply what we study to our everyday life. This means that we have to use other means to get the message of healing across.
“Then Jesus went out to the lakeshore again and taught the crowds that were coming to him.” Mark 2:13 NLT
Jesus taught the people. He did not tell the people that if just studies the Old Testament they would be fine. That was the problem with the church in that day, they only read the Old Testament. So what did Jesus do? He taught the people about God and how they should live. He taught them by telling stories. Stories that apply the scripture to everyday life.
Jesus say that He taught by using stories because they could not understand. He had to get down to where the people were. Where they could understand.
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:2
In our healing we are changing our thinking. Our thinking is all about the world and we want to change your thinking to think more like Jesus. We are working on becoming more like Jesus.
We talk about our behaviors because so many times we cannot see what we are doing wrong unless we know what is right. In our healing we are changing our minds.
“Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled.” Romans 15:4
The scripture was written to teach us how we should live, but first we must apply it to our lives. Without our healing we cannot know what our problems are and what Jesus needs to heal from. We need the healing so that we can work together as a body.
We all have deep hidden secrets that we don’t want anyone to know not even God. But God knows them anyway. Some of these secrets are so deep that we don’t even know that we have them. The bottom of our lake is filled with garbage. Some of this garbage is covered up with mud. The problem is when stress arrives and our lake gets stir up all of this garbage that we buried so deep starts coming to the surface and we can hide it any longer.
“Meanwhile, the crowds grew until thousands were milling about and stepping on each other. Jesus turned first to his disciples and warned them, “Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees—their hypocrisy. The time is coming when everything that is covered up will be revealed, and all that is secret will be made known to all. Whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be shouted from the housetops for all to hear!” Luke 12 1-3 NLT
Someday all of this garbage will be shown to the world. When we are saved and start our walk with God we start to clean up our outward life. Jesus wants to clean up your inward life so that you can have peace. Then your light will shine for all to see Jesus in you.
“How easy it was to agree with the preacher in church. As I left I would shake his hand and say with a grin, ‘Great preaching, brother’! This kept the surface of my lake unruffled. But once in the car I would reveal my true self. More and more, on the surface, my lips were speaking praises to God and my life was showing forth the image of Jesus simply because I willed it to be. But my subconscious, the vast reservoir of who I really was, that area revealed primarily through dreams and sudden disturbances of the surface, still seemed to be as un-Christlike as ever.” (Jamie Buckingham – Risky Living)
“For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him.” Philippians 1:29 NLT
Yes, there will be suffering. There is no way out of suffering if we are going be like Jesus. Jesus suffered and died so likewise we must suffer and died.
“Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2: 1-11 NLT