Proper Healing: He's Got You
You have heard me say this before and I will say it till the day I am called home: I have the most phenomenal mom squad every!
Being spiritually filled up by all the amazing mom's I've encountered in this life is one of the greatest blessings God has given me. But I have to give mad credit to where it is due; my mom takes the cake (and the toppings even though she's not a sweet tooth).
Y'all, I cannot go a week without speaking with her. It drives me crazy, and I know that the moment I hear that lady's voice, everything is going to be alright. I can call her right now as I'm typing this post, ask for prayer, and know that it is already done ( I know I can pray for myself but a mother's prayer, don't get me started.) My mother is one of those people I believe the world (including myself) do not deserve because of the love, kindness, compassion, and wisdom this woman has within her.
I was recently chatting with her about life and everything God has been doing when we got on the topic of God and healing. My mother said something I believe all people should hear,
"There's nothing more powerful for your growth and future than to allow yourself to grow and heal properly in the arms of God."
Facts, I know. What my mother said hit me harder than I was expecting. She's right guys, properly allowing yourself to heal no matter what you've been through or what has happened in your life is crucial! It doesn't matter how long it takes because your predestined self is rooting for you to get it right.
See, I believe and know that God is a healer. Though like many, I associated this type of healing to physical healing. I'm a living testimony of the truth that God can and does heal our physical bodies, but I've come to learn that because of who he is and who you are to him, your emotional and mental healing is important to him too.
When I say that I've never experienced the type of emotional and mental healing I've been receiving from the Lord as I have in the past couple of months, I mean it! There indeed is something unexplainable that happens when you choose to go all in for Christ. The bond and the relationship that you allow to grow with God is natural, transformative, healing, and altogether more compelling than anything life itself can produce. It is the exact relationship your soul has always yearned for because it is the only way to tap into true peace, joy, and gladness.
No matter what you did, what has been done to you, where you've been, who you've been, and what anyone says about you, your identity and the core of who you are is as visible to the Lord as the very skin you bear. God knows you and has seen everything you consider painful, disgusting, or awful about yourself. Yes, those things in your story that you hide from people; he sees them all. And even after witnessing it all, he chooses to love on you and care for you to the point of not only healing your body but your spirit. If this isn't what love is, then I don't believe love exists.
I mean take a look at Hosea and Jeremiah.
Hosea gives us the autobiography of one of God's Prophets during the time before Israel was overthrown by the Assyrians. In the Book of Hosea, God doesn't only ask Hosea to marry a promiscuous woman and bear children with her but to speak on behalf of the Lord about the sins of the Israelis, the character of God, and the unconditional love God has to his children and those who seek him.
I want you to focus on these passages:
' “Come and let us return [in repentance] to the Lord, For He has torn us, but He will heal us; He has wounded us, but He will bandage us. “After two days He will revive us; On the third day He will raise us up That we may live before Him. “So let us know and become personally acquainted with Him; let us press on to know and understand fully the [greatness of the] Lord [to honor, heed, and deeply cherish Him]. His appearing is prepared and is as certain as the dawn, And He will come to us [in salvation] like the [heavy] rain, Like the spring rain watering the earth.” O Ephraim, what shall I do with you? O Judah, what shall I do with you? For your [wavering] loyalty and kindness are [transient] like the morning cloud And like the dew that goes away early. Therefore, I have hewn them in pieces by [the words of] the prophets; I have slain them by the words of My mouth; My judgments [pronounced upon them by the prophets] are like the light that shines forth [obvious to all]. For I desire and delight in [steadfast] loyalty [faithfulness in the covenant relationship], rather than sacrifice, And in the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings. But they, like Adam, have transgressed the covenant; There they have dealt treacherously against Me. Gilead is a city of wrongdoers; It is tracked with bloody footprints. And as bands of robbers [lie in] wait for a man, So a band of priests murder on the road toward Shechem [covering their crimes in that city of refuge]; Certainly they have committed crimes and outrages. I have seen a horrible thing [sins of every kind] in the house of Israel! Ephraim’s prostitution (idolatry) is there; Israel has defiled itself. Also, O Judah, there is a harvest [of divine judgment] appointed for you, When I restore the fortunes of My people [who have been slaves to the misery of sin].'
- HOSEA 6:1-11 (AMP)
' They make the king glad with their wickedness, And the princes with their lies. They are all adulterers; Like the heat of an oven When the baker ceases to stir the fire, [their passion smolders] From the kneading of the dough until it is leavened. On the [special] day of our king, the princes became sick with the heat of wine; The king stretched out his hand [in association] with scoffers (lawless people). As they approach their plotting, Their mind burns [with intrigue] like an oven [while they lie in wait]. Their anger smolders all night; In the morning it blazes like a flaming fire. They are all hot like an oven, And they consume their judges (rulers); All their kings have fallen. There is no one among them who calls to Me. Ephraim mixes himself with the [Gentile] nations [seeking favor with one country, then another]; Ephraim is a cake not turned [worthless; ready to be thrown away]. Strangers have devoured his strength, Yet he does not know it; Gray hairs are sprinkled on him, Yet he does not know. Though the pride of Israel testifies against him, Yet they do not return [in repentance] to the Lord their God, Nor seek nor search for nor desire Him [as essential] in spite of all this. Ephraim also is like a silly dove, without heart or good sense; They call to Egypt [for help], they go to Assyria. When they go, I will spread My net over them; I will bring them down like birds of the heavens [into Assyrian captivity]. I will chastise them in accordance with the proclamation (prophecy) to their congregation. Woe (judgment is coming) to them, for they have wandered away from Me! Devastation is theirs, because they have rebelled and trespassed against Me! I would redeem them, but they speak lies against Me. They do not cry out to Me from their heart When they wail on their beds [in unbelieving despair]; For the sake of grain and new wine they assemble themselves [as if worshiping Baal]; They rebel against Me. Although I trained and strengthened their arms [for victory over their enemies], Yet they devise evil against Me. They turn, but they do not turn upward to the Most High. They are like a poorly crafted bow [that misses the mark]; Their princes shall fall by the sword Because of the insolence of their tongue. This will be cause for their mockery and disdain in the land of Egypt.'
' Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah the second time, while he was still confined in the court of the guard, saying, “Thus says the Lord who made the earth, the Lord who formed it to establish it--the Lord is His name, ‘Call to Me and I will answer you, and tell you [and even show you] great and mighty things, [things which have been confined and hidden], which you do not know and understand and cannot distinguish.’ For thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, concerning the houses of this city and the houses of the kings of Judah which are torn down to make a defense against the siege ramps and against the sword, ‘While they (the besieged Jews) are coming to fight against the Chaldeans and to fill the houses with the dead bodies of men whom I have slain in My anger and in My wrath, for I have hidden My face [in disgust] from this city because of all their wickedness. ~‘Behold, [in the restored Jerusalem] I will bring to it health and healing, and I will heal them; and I will reveal to them an abundance of peace (prosperity, security, stability) and truth. ~‘I will restore the fortunes of Judah and the fortunes of Israel and will rebuild them as they were at first. ~‘I will cleanse them from all their wickedness (guilt) by which they have sinned against Me, and I will pardon (forgive) all their sins by which they rebelled against Me. ~‘Jerusalem will be to Me a name of joy, praise and glory before all the nations of the earth which will hear of all the good that I do for it, and they shall fear and tremble because of all the good and all the peace (prosperity, security, stability) that I provide for it.’ “Thus says the Lord, ‘Yet again there will be heard in this place of which you say, “It is a [desolate] waste, without man and without animal”--even in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem that are desolate, without man and without inhabitant and without animal-- the [sound of the] voice of joy and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the [song-filled] voice of those who say, “Give praise and thanks to the Lord of hosts, For the Lord is good; For His [steadfast] lovingkindness (mercy) endures forever”; and of those who bring a thank offering into the house of the Lord . For I will restore the fortunes of the land as they were at first,’ says the Lord. “Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘There will again be in this desolate place--[a place] without man or animal--and in all its cities, pastures for shepherds who rest their flocks. ~‘In the cities of the hill country, in the cities of the lowland, in the cities of the South (the Negev), in the land of Benjamin, in the places around Jerusalem and in the cities of Judah, the flocks will again pass under the hand of the one who counts them,’ says the Lord .'
(These are some loaded readings compared to the verses here and there I ordinarily share but when God speaks he speaks!)
(Before I start digging into these verses, please be mindful that the Scriptures are open to the interpretation that the Holy Spirit gives to each person and what you may gather may be different from what someone else will. )
When I was reading these passages, I gathered many things. Though I cannot fit it all into this post, I will try my hardest, by the grace of God, to share with you what I believe the Spirit would have me share:
1| No matter how many years you've walked with Christ, who you are, what you've done, what people say about you, or anything you've attached to your character, you will fail you.
Life has a funny way to making us feel invincible especially when everything is going well. But it also has a strange way of humbling us. I am guilty of this, and I believe there are others that would confess to attaching who they think they are to what is tangible, occurrences, or words that have been placed on us (either by ourselves or others).
I believe that in life when we are out of the sync with God, we create this notation that by doing, saying, being, or achieving (or any other verb you want to use) we are able to find ourselves. I profoundly disagree with this mindset because I don't believe you have to necessarily go anywhere or do anything significant or massive to tap into who you are.
I don't believe that by stacking up all the things you have accomplished or have heard about yourself you are genuinely exposing who you are. I know I'm going to sound like Father Disney real quick but: who are was always inside of you. But until you realize that, you will fail and find no joy wherever you go.
2| You're identification can only be found when you turn to Him and choose to do life with your Creator, all the way.
No matter what I have faced in life, God has always warned me about every thing I beforehand. I've come to realize that anytime I was out of sync with God, the lesson would be more painful than it probably needed to be.
Not going to lie, I've had my share of fickle Christianity: when one seems to be all about Jesus but through being uncomfortable situations, conflict, or current life status, put Jesus on the back burner.
(Don't act like you haven't done this! If you haven't then do teach me your ways because your girl is still growing!) I've learned that the only way to save yourself more time, heartache, migraines, and anything else unpleasant is by being centered and being centered with your Creator.
Doing life all the way with Christ is one of the best and most fulfilling choices I've ever had the pleasure of making. No regrets here because by choosing the one that wanted me the most, the one that comes running to my rescue and heals every wound, I have learned more about the importance of a relationship with my Father. By allowing the Holy Spirit to teach me how to praise the Lord in all seasons, I've learned that the essence of who I am (the part that I aim to continue growing into) is found in who he is.
3| Healing doesn't have a "right time."
You know how someone people like to say, "oh I'll do this when things are better?" Or there's the one that people throw around, "I'll get better at this when x,y, and z are better." Oh, goodness do I dislike these phrases. Not because I've never used them (trust me I have) but because I know it's a bunch of bolognas!
There's never a 'right time,' or scheduled time for healing or anything God wants to do. I mean when you read the beginning of Jeremiah 33, did you notice that God started sharing with Jeremiah all the things he was going to do (despite Israel still being out of order) while Jeremiah was confined? (I mean come on, might as well save the guy while you give him a prophecy too; excuse my foolery.)
God even says from verses 10-11 that even in the desolation, there will still be joy and gladness.
Just like God doesn't wait for the right time to heal and rescue us, you and I ought to not wait for the right time to receive blessings and worship the Lord. If the one we serve is outside of time, why are we allowing our worship and relationship to be restricted by time?
I mean just like right now, I am writing this post at a strange time of the day (I ought to be asleep, but Jesus is calling). God loves to keep me up, it's cool though, he made my body, so he can give my body the amount of sleep it needs.
There I go, going on a tangent. But remember what I said, there's much more I gathered from these passages, and I want to share them all with you guys in due time. But until then, read and re-read these passages. Let the Holy Spirit speak to you and let God heal you properly because my dear he is madly in love with you.
Your sins aren't even enough to keep His love away. No matter what you've done and what anyone says, you're valuable and your worth the sacrifice of that Jesus made on the cross. Stop trying to get right with him by doing this and that. Stop thinking you are never going to be enough for Him. He created your crazy self, and he wants to be a part of every aspect of your life. Yeah, life may be a struggle bus but your driver is God, and he's got your back. Let him heal you from within because I'm telling after everything life has thrown at me for 24 years, nothing heals my pain and hurt like the power and blood of Christ.
Until next time…