Sunday, August 7, 2016

I Believe in the Healing Power of Jesus

Because I have seen it.
Because I have experienced it.
I believe the healing power of Jesus is available to us today.

The scripture lesson is from John 5:1-15 in which Jesus walking by the pool beside which are waiting the afflicted for the troubling of the waters so that someone might be healed.  There Jesus saw a man, crippled, doubtless dirty, unable to get into the pool unaided, yet for thirty-eight years he was shunned, stepped over or stepped around.  But Jesus saw him and asked of him, "Do you want to be well?"

The man, shunned and ignored, a social outcast, possibly embittered, had for years hoped for healing, yet he was still hoping.   Jesus said, "Pick up your mat and walk."

Jesus speaks possibility into impossible situations.
 "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."  Matthew 19:26

Jesus sees you.  God does not see us or define us by our affliction, our disease, our addiction.  He knows the you you are designed to be.  He knows your name.  He does not step over you, he sees you.

Jesus knows your struggles, your pain.  He wants to take your story and merge it with His. 
Your identity is defined in Him.
We are paralyzed by fear, by regrets, by bad habits.  Jesus can save us in the midst of the paralysis.
He says, "Get up!"

At the conclusion of the outline card, Pastor asked me to write a prayer of how I need Jesus to help me.
Dear Jesus, I need you to rule in my life that I might reflect You according to your perfect will.

Pastor Johnnie Blair
Sunday morning

Definition of a Miracle:
When God's story comes in contact with a human story and something changes.


Vee said...

Sometimes the miracle is physical healing, but I think more often it is the healing of the soul and preparing our mind, will, and spirit to accept His will and purpose for our lives.

vanilla said...

Vee, I believe God answered my prayer as written by "Bob" at the end of the sermon notes. That is a miracle of healing.