The Dead End to Healing

Jesus’ life was filled with wonders, miracles and healing. He proved his power over nature by calming storms; over death by disrupting funerals; over sickness by bringing health.  He performed some of these miracles with just a single word and others were performed from a remote location.Many of us have received true, divine healing from God. The type of healing where there is no explanation other than God’s healing power. But on the other hand, many of us have spent thousands and thousands of dollars in search of finding a cure, just like the woman with an issue of blood. For twelve long years she spent all she had on doctors and none of them could diagnose the problem.  Can you imagine having to deal with a sickness for that length of time? Or better yet, can you envision spending your hard-earned money on several different doctors with no results?  After a year, it would certainly seem like a dead-end, and after 12 years, for most of us, the situation would seem hopeless. But the woman with the issue of blood pushed passed the dead end and made her way to Jesus – the one she knew could heal her!Here’s the encouragement – sometimes God takes us to dead ends to refocus our eyes on the prize. Dead ends represent no future, no destiny, and in this case no healing. But in some situations, the dead end is just what we need to be in order trust in the Lord and not depend on our own understanding. I hear God saying to you today; “don’t get weary in your well doing.” Although issues in your life seem to last for years, your faith creates paths even through dead ends.

Here are 4 ways to work through dead ends and receive the healing God has for you.

  1. Develop a spirit of expectation for God’s healing
  2. Use the sufficient faith you have to receive healing
  3. Don’t ignore the issues of life. Remember Jesus has already overcome the world so be cheerful.
  4. Never operate in fear…it destroys your faith.
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The Power of the Pause

We’ve got a million things to do! Between our jobs, school work, time with family and friends and all those little errands on our “to-do” list, there just aren’t enough hours in the day! Thanks to our smart phones we’re always connected even in the midst of  moving from task to task, and by the time we make it to bed at night we have mere moments to recharge and prepare for the day to come. But even as we “make time” to cart our kids to soccer practice, finish that presentation for work or tend to that mountain of laundry, we find it difficult to take a moment away from it all for some one-on-one time with God.

When Jesus walked this earth He was certainly busy – healing the sick and raising the dead, teaching His disciples and spreading the Word across the land. I’m sure we would all agree that the miracles He preformed were much more pressing than washing the car or racing off to yet another meeting! Luke 5:16 reminds us that as often as possible Jesus withdrew to out-of-the-way places for prayer.  Even as people were flocking to hear Him preach and to have their diseases healed, Jesus made sure he often withdrew to quiet, solitary places to pray. What an awesome example for us all, and an enduring reminder of the importance of our daily prayer life!

Many things clamor for our attention, and we often run ourselves ragged attending to them. Like Jesus, however, we should take time to withdraw to a quiet place to pray. Strength comes from God, and we can only be strengthened by spending time with him each day. Think about it – there are 1440 minutes in each day, and God only asks us for a moment. It’s important to learn to put the demands of our day on pause. Set aside 5 minutes each day this week for one-on-one time with God and watch how it changes your perspective!

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