Friday, July 22, 2011

God Our Healer

I have been pondering the name, Jehovah Rapha, the God who heals. Growing up I knew God could heal. I had heard the stories of Jesus healing the blind man, the lame man, the lepers, and raising people from the dead. God had created mankind, He could heal us.

I have also personally experienced God’s miraculous healing power in a way that gave me a whole new perspective on Jehovah Rapha. Right after I got married, I began to suffer debilitating reflux. I missed work, lost sleep and was in so much pain I couldn’t go twelve hours without taking some medicine. When I was 28, my Dad prayed for me and I was miraculously healed. One day, I was taking medicine every 12 hours and the next I was healed! Amazing!

More recently, I have been learning about God’s ability to heal our hearts and our souls. My Mom has shared with me her insight on God’s ability to heal great hurts from our past and emotional pain.

Her Timeline Process involves visualizing giving Jesus the painful feelings and events from our past. She said that if we still feel pain after we give Jesus the pain from our past we should:

A. FORGIVE- Say, "I forgive those who caused/allowed my “pain, trauma, abuse, etc.”, for parents/others not honoring me" (Matt 6:14, Eph 6:4)

B. REPENT- Say, "I repent of sins and name specific sins such as anger, fear, greed, making a vow, not honoring my parents" (l John 1:9-10)

C. VOWS- Say "I break any vow in Jesus' Name" (For example: I will never do such and such again, or talk to them, or trust them again)
Deut 27:15-26, Num30:2

D. JESUS- Ask Jesus come in and heal me. (Through rewriting the experience or by showing Himself in the situation (Ps 147:3)If you were not a Christian at the time of the offense, ask Jesus to come into your life at that time. (Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today and forever. Heb 13:8) (He became the curse when he hung on the cross/tree. Gal 3:13) (He does not condemn, we are saved through Him. John3:17)

E. GOOD GIFTS-Next, Recognize the Work of the Holy Spirit providing in the gifts to counter-balance the negatives. Ask Jesus for good gifts to replace the pain and loss. For example ask for Joy to replace grief/mourning

F. SEAL-Ask God to seal the good work of God/Jesus/Holy Spirit. Next, Gather and Bind any other negative reactions or backlash.

When she first shared her perspective on this, I was skeptical. However, God worked on my heart so I could experience this truth. One night, we were talking about something that happened when I was a teenager. Even though it had been over twenty years, talking about it still hurt. Humbling myself, I asked her to walk me through her Timeline Process. As she led me through this process, I was miraculously healed. The pain is not only gone, but I now see how God replaced what was destroyed with something only He could give. As a result of this experience, I look at healing very differently now. I realized that it isn’t just our physical bodies that need healing but our spirit and souls, as well. As Author Kay Arthur says, “Only one Physician can heal the ills of our souls.”

How have you experienced God's healing power in your life?