As I read through Kay's chapters on Jehovah-rapha, the Lord who Heals, I was deeply convited about my motivation to be healed. I realized that I usually want God to heal the things in my life that make me uncomfortable, things like lonliness, a broken heart, or an illness or disease. But in reading His Word I realized that there was one of the major thing I was missing on this list: SIN!
I have had stages in life where I have earnestly prayed for freedom from sin, but if I'm honest, I usually call on Jehovah-rapha for things I don't like rather than for the sin God despises. I would rather use the name of God to bring comfort my own life than to bring glory to God. Is it selfish to pray for healing for things like a broken heart or a disease that has ravaged your body? Absolutely not. Trust me, I am praying for complete physical healing of Janie's kidney. But as followers of Jesus, we can't stop after we have asked God for everything that we want. We must continue the conversation of prayer to ask God to heal us from our spiritual diseases as well as our physical and emotional ones. We must take the time to listen to Him. We must pray like David did in Psalm 139:22-23.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.
The Holy Bible : New International Version. electronic ed. Grand Rapids : Zondervan, 1996, c1984, S. Ps 139:23-24
We must use our knowledge of who God is to become more like Him. Today I am challenging myself and you to call on the Lord who Heals for healing of our sin. This requires first acknowledging our sin, despising it as God does, and desiring to be healed. Healing of our sin isn't easy on our part. There isn't a 5 step method to follow. But God is in the business of healing in our disease, both physical and spiritual.
Will you ask Him today to search your heart and reveal any offensive ways in you? Will you ask Him to heal your sin?
You may need counseling or other professional help to conquer your sin, don't be give up without a fight. Don't give in because the road to freedom seems too long or too steep. Call on Jehovah-rapha
in your time of greatest temptation
. Call on Him for strength. The name of the Lord is a strong tower. (Proverbs 18:10) He is available to be your strong tower
. Run to Him in your time of greatest need. Choose obedience over sin. Choose righteousness! The freedom and healing that God offers is real! And He desires complete healing for you!
What will you call on Jehovah-rapha for today?
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If you would like to study the name of Jehovah-rapha
more indepth, please read through the following scriptures and take notes on what you learned about healing. (These are verses Kay listed in her study.) There is a print option at the bottom of the blog. If you don't see the icon, click here
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2 Kings 20:1,4-5
2 Chronicles 7:14
Isaiah 19:22 & Isaiah 53:5
1 Peter 2:4-25
What did you learn from these verses?