God Heals the Brokenhearted

God Heals the Brokenhearted

The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit.  (Ps 34:18)

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.  (Ps 147:3)

The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed . . .  (Lk 4:18, emphasis added – see also Isa 61:1)

In the verse above, a “contrite spirit” means someone who is crushed in spirit; emotionally beaten down; or someone who has had all hope taken away from them.  The term brokenhearted would truly apply to someone like that.  The Word of God says that God heals people who are brokenhearted!

When the Scripture says that the Lord heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds (bandages the wound), this in itself is a source of comfort and encouragement.  For when the Lord gives a person a “bandage,” it is not the stuff of flesh and blood.  His bandage contains the healing balm of His presence and the supernatural power of God!  He is the Lord our Healer (Ex 15:26d)!  Hallelujah!

He, alone, is able to heal every condition, and every complaint.  Jesus is the balm of Gilead who miraculously heals all who come to Him.  (Ps 30:2; Mal 4:2a; Mat 8:17; 1 Pet 2:24)   He repairs and redeems every situation to the glory of God.  All that we need to do is to invite Him into the situation through prayer.

The Lord has the power and the desire to heal physical illnesses; mental conditions; financial shortages; and even relationships.  Just look to the One who says:  “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”  (Mat 7:7)

Here are some other Bible verses that will encourage your faith and sustain you in times of trial, pain, or difficulties.  These passages testify that Jesus is able to resolve every challenge, trial, and situation.  He protects us and strengthens us, and gives us His Word to rely upon.

  • The Lord is our shield and our reward. (Gen 15:1)
  • The Lord is our strength. (Ps 18:1, 32)
  • When we seek the Lord, we shall not lack any good thing. (Ps 34:10b; 84:11)
  • With God all things are possible. (Mat 19:26; Mk 10:27 – emphasis added)
  • All things are possible to the one who believes. (Mk 9:23 NASB)
  • All of God’s promises in Christ to us are “Yes” and “Amen.” (1 Cor 1:20)
  • The Lord has pleasure in our prosperity. (Ps 35:27)
  • He brings out those who are bound into prosperity. (Ps 68:6)
  • Those who trust in the Lord will be prospered. (Prov 28:25b)
  • Is ANYTHING too hard for the Lord? (Gen 18:14; Jer 32:27 – emphasis added)
  • God’s blessings upon us make us prosperous and He adds no sorrow to it. (Prov 10:22)
  • The Lord is our reconciler, mediator, and peacemaker. (1 Tim 2:5; Heb 8:6; 9:15; 12:24)

Joy Comes in the Morning

Joy Comes in the Morning

For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.  (Ps 30:5)

Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy.  (Ps 126:5)

These verses of the Bible have been a great comfort to me many different times in my life.  I understand that the challenges and sorrows of life haven’t been a result of God’s anger, but rather because Satan is the enemy of our souls.  He and his minions are at work in this world and manifest themselves as evil works, heinous crimes, and calamitous events.

This verse reminds me that God’s favor is upon me forever; and it surrounds me as a shield. (Ps 5:12)  This truth encourages my faith when difficulties arise. 

In another way, these verses remind me that I may experience weeping (sorrow; sadness) for a season, but it will be surely followed by joy.  In fact, whenever I DO cry, the Lord tells me that He saves my tears in a bottle.  (Ps 56:8)  This indicates that God does not consider my tears wasted, and that they’re very important to Him.

In Hezekiah’s story (Isa 38:5), the Bible clearly states that God saw Hezekiah’s tears and extended his life due to Hezekiah’s tearful prayers. 

Let’s remind ourselves in times of trial, pain, or sorrow, that God sees our pain and our tears.  We sow our prayers in tears before the Lord.  They are very important to Him; and as we pray to Him and trust Him, He will reward us with deep and abiding joy.  Praise the Lord!

Walking in God’s Truth

Walking in God’s Truth

For Your lovingkindness is before my eyes, and I have walked in Your truth.  (Ps 26:3, emphasis added)

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.  (3 Joh 1:4, emphasis added)

The entirety of Your word is truth, and every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever.  (Ps 119:160)

Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.  (Joh 17:17)

How do we “walk in God’s truth”? 

Let’s consider the Scripture verses shown above, and ponder the fact that Jesus told us in John 14:6 that He is the Truth. Elsewhere, the Scriptures inform us that Jesus is the Word made flesh.  (Joh 1:14)  The Bible also states in John 17:17 that God’s Word is truth.

After reflecting upon these points, we can understand that “walking in the truth” means:

  • living our lives in obedience to God’s Word;
  • making our decisions in agreement with the values of the Scriptures; and
  • living according to the wisdom of the Bible.
  • It suggests that we would highly value God’s Word, and that we would study it diligently. (2 Tim 2:15)

There are many passages of Scripture that remind us that when we seek and serve the Lord, He showers us with His protection, His favor, and His blessings.  Have a blessed day.

(Also see my article titled “Truth & Love Are Bound Up in Jesus” posted on 02/20/2017 in this blog.)

Irrevocable Gifts & Calling

Irrevocable Gifts & Calling

For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.  (Rom 11:29)

“Irrevocable” means that God won’t change His mind about what He has called you to do. If God has called you, that calling is still there, whether or not you’ve obeyed. And if God gave you a gift—if He gifted you along a certain line—that gift is still in you.

Therefore He says:  “When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men.”  (Eph 4:8)

And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ . . .  (Eph 4:11-12)

There are gifts that God has given to the church, and these are referred to as the five-fold ministry gifts:  apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers.  There’s also a gift of helps that we all can get involved in. 

As believers, we’re all called to share the salvation story (gospel) with others and to encourage them to trust in Christ for themselves.  It’s a matter of explaining how Jesus reconciled all of mankind to God, and sharing our own testimonies freely and joyfully.

Each member of the church of Christ has a role to play.  (1 Cor 12:27)  Maybe God has called you to the full-time ministry; or to be a businessman or an artist or a musician.  The list can go on and on, but whatever gifts, talents, and skills that He has given you—use them!  Appreciate them and enjoy them, and use them to bring glory to God. 

If you didn’t obey God, and haven’t responded to His call upon your life in a certain area, it’s never too late with the Lord!  Just turn to Him, talk with Him about your change of heart, and ask Him to open doors for you to walk through.  He will answer your prayers and bless you.

 

Pray for Backsliders to be Healed

Pray for Backsliders to be Healed

Many believers either know someone or are related to someone who accepted Christ as their Savior, but then they fell away from their faith and stopped living for the Lord.  The Bible refers to such folks as “backsliding children.”  It’s important that we pray for these brothers and sisters to be restored to the joy of their salvation.

(14) Return, O backsliding children,” says the Lord; “for I am married to you.  I will take you, one from a city and two from a family, and I will bring you to Zion.”  (22) “Return you backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings.”  (Jer 3:14, 22)

I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely, for My anger has turned away from him.  (Hos 14:4)

The Lord says that He will heal their backsliding; and He said that He is married to the backslider!  Wow!  What a statement of commitment on God’s part.  This tells us that He will not give up on anyone, but He will continue to woo them with His love, forgiveness, and mercy. 

Hosea 14 says that He loves them freely, and He yearns for them to return to Him.  It is a very loving thing for us to pray on behalf of our friends and relatives who are turned away from the Lord for a season. 

Pray fervently and with complete faith, for these verses give us assurance of God’s wholehearted cooperation with us.  This increases our faith.  What a good and sound basis for prayer! 

A Stumbling Stone

A Stumbling Stone

Because they did not seek it by faith, but as it were, by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumbling stone.  (Rom 9:32)

Behold I lay in Zion a stumbling stone, and rock of offense, and whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.  (Rom 9:33)

. . . and “a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense.” They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed.  (1 Pet 2:8)

The gospel of Jesus Christ is distasteful to many unbelievers.  The salvation that God has provided through Jesus Christ becomes a stumbling stone and a rock of offense to them.  The Bible tells us that this will be so.

Unbelievers may stumble or be offended about a number of points.  Let’s look at several of those points.

  • The Bible tells us that Jesus suffered, died, and was resurrected. If someone doesn’t believe in resurrection, this can be a point of stumbling.
  • The simplicity of salvation, because it is a gift to be accepted/received, may be “too good to be true” for many. It’s just not complicated enough and doesn’t include enough works for them.
  • Some people think the church and its people are weak. The church has no political agenda, and we have no military might.  This is not attractive to the carnal mind.
  • Yet other folks believe that they are good people, and have never done anything seriously evil. Therefore, they believe, that they don’t need anything more than that.

Our own attitude towards Jesus and His gospel determines our spiritual welfare.  He is a sanctuary to those who bless Him. He is a place of refuge, peace and security to those who believe in Him. However, to those who reject Him, He becomes a stone to trip over. He becomes a devastating stone of judgment to the proud of heart. Many people crash into Him and trip over Him because they try to live as if He doesn’t exist. Jesus Christ will always be a stumbling stone to those who refuse to trust in Him.

How very blessed are all those who love the Lord Jesus!

Spiritually Minded

Spiritually Minded

. . . to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  (Rom 8:6b)

What does “spiritually minded” mean?  Definition:  having the mind set on spiritual things: filled with holy desires and purposes: spiritual.

Being spiritually minded may refer to the structure and outlook of our minds. This is when the Spirit is shaping our mind-(attitude)-set according to His own. It exalts Christ and values God.  It cherishes the Word of God and sees people and things with a relentless God-consciousness.

Reading the Bible every day will assist us in training our mind and thoughts.  A constant feeding upon the Word of God will actually renew our minds so that they’ll be in agreement with the Holy Spirit. 

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.  (Rom 12:2)

. . . and be renewed in the spirit of your mind . . .  (Eph 4:23)

Invite the Word of God to transform you so that you may be spiritually minded and enjoy a peaceful, blessed life.