Good afternoon everyone. I pray that wherever you are as you're reading this that you are prospering even as you soul is prospering.
It appears lately that I have been talking about healing and/or being made whole on my blog. I pray the posts from that past few days encourage you and that they are bringing peace to your spirit as they are bringing peace to mine. Using the foundational text for this post (John 5:1-9), it's the story of the lame man being healed and made whole by Jesus.
I believe that there are many people who deserve to be made whole. Who are these people? I'll answer with a series of question. Would you say that a child who was sexually abused deserves to be made whole? Would you say that the man or woman who has struggled with anxiety all of their life deserves to be made whole? Would you say that the woman who was raped deserves to be made whole? Would you say that the child who was neglected, rejected and/or abandoned deserves to be made whole? Would you say that a family who lost a loved one deserves to be made whole? Would you say that a woman who suffered under the hand of domestic violence deserves to be made whole? Would you say if a person endured deception and manipulation in a previous marriage, they deserve to be made whole? What about those who have endured long-term illnesses and have the desire to live, don't they deserve to be made whole? And what about those who know the song, I Surrender All, but because of the hurt and pain they've endured, they refuse to surrender all and make feeble attempts to go it alone? Don't they deserve to be made whole? The answer to every question is simply, YES! YES! YES! I'm sure I didn't hit every category, but I believe you get the point. Everybody deserves to be made whole. Some might ask the question, what's the difference between being healed and being made whole? Great question: I'll use Luke 17:11-19 to capture the difference.
On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices, saying, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us." When he saw them he said to them, "Go and show yourselves to the priests." And as they went they were cleansed. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus' feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus answered, "Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?" And he said to him, "Rise and go your way; your faith has made you whole."
If you noticed, all of them were healed on the way to the priest, so it was just from that one thing. But the one who came back and gave thanks to God, his faith made him whole (complete restoration of his health). Do you need a restoration in your life? Believe God but at the same time, don't allow your faith to grow weary - that's what the enemy is after, your faith.
In closing, in order to be made whole, you have to humble yourself and surrender everything to Him (and yes, this requires faith). So, I ask you, do you trust God with everything that concerns you? Like the lame man in John 5, he trusted that God could make him whole. You deserve to be made whole.
The Mayne Man