“What can I say for you? With what can I compare you, O Daughter of Jerusalem? To what can I liken you, that I may comfort you, O Virgin Daughter of Zion? Your wound is as deep as the sea. Who can heal you?” (Lamentations 2:13)
God’s salvation includes His healing. He, and He alone, can heal us from the sickness of sin and a broken heart. Healing from sickness and forgiveness of sin are often closely tied in the Bible.
God’s salvation as stated and it includes. He may use another human being to send His healing power through, but He alone is the only One that can heal us from the sickness of sin and a broken heart.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, we come before Your throne of grace today, seeking You to comfort and heal this world that we live in. So many people are hurting in body, mind and spirit, yet we know that You can overcome all of that and restore us to full health. We lift up this world today, Abba, that You might once again bring us back to You. Let those who live for You to become bold in spreading the salvation message, that people without hope might find hope in their own live. May those who are sick with the Covid-19 virus be healed and restored back to their family and friends. May those who seem to have lost the power of the Holy Spirit in their lives, have it restored to them. We are battling forces that do not honor You, Lord and we seek to feel You now more than ever, by restoring this nation and this world, through Your power. This we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“You heart is happiest when it is beating for others.”
“Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God. Your sins have been your downfall! Take words with you and return to the Lord. Say to him: ‘Forgive all our sins and receive us graciously, that we may offer the fruit of our lips. Assyria cannot save us; we will not mount war horses. We will never again say ‘Our gods to what our own hands have made, for in your the fatherless find compassion.’ I will heal their waywardness and love them freely, for my anger has turned away from them.” (Hosea14:1-4)
Waywardness, another way of saying backsliding, two old terms we don’t like to hear anymore, why? It calls us to accountability for our words and actions or the lack thereof. We prefer softer words in these days, it doesn’t seem harsh. But these two “old terms,” are a spiritual disease which requires healing. Neither political and military power nor human products offer hope. When God’s people genuinely repent of their sins and confess them to Him, He heals their spiritual disease. Only God’s freely given love can provide the healing power we meed/ Salvation is a continuing healing process.
“Is there no balm in Gilead/ Is there no physician there? Whey then is there no healing for the would of my people?” (Jeremiah8:22)
Balm was resin from trees and was used medicinally. It was plentiful in Gilead, so much so that they exported it. God is able to heal but does not do so when His people forsake Him and do not trust Him.
Second Thought of the Day:
“Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed, and he healed them.” (Matthew 4:23–24)
Three major activities marked the Galilean ministry of Jesus—-teaching, preaching, and healing. Everywhere He went, He was known as “Teacher.” Teaching was His most characteristic function, whether in the synagogues, on a hillside, or in the marketplace. Most is His healings were used as occasions for teaching.
Crowds followed Jesus everywhere He went, for people knew He was a “Teacher” but also knew of His healing powers. Word spread throughout the countryside, and people would bring people from their families and or friends to let Jesus heal them. They also listened to Him teaching on many subjects, where he used a multitude of metaphors, for all in attendance for understanding of God and the Kingdom.