By Marni Montanez
Mark 8:24-25 New King James Version (NKJV)
And he looked up and said, “I see men like trees, walking.” Then He put His hands on his eyes again and made him look up. And he was restored and saw everyone clearly.
Has Jesus ever had to put His healing hands on you twice because the first time it didn’t take?
It has happened to most of us. There are people who get instant healing in some areas, but not in others.. There are those who don’t get healing for years These are the areas where God’s hand can’t reach in because of what is in the way. It doesn’t matter exactly what it is, but it does matter that it is blocking the progress God wishes to make in our lives. In most instances it is that hindrance that we somehow get ourselves wedged into, between our "do it yourself attitude" and our failure. We attempt to heal ourselves, help ourselves and change ourselves. Change takes place because of healing that has happened. In it there is growth. This growth can sometimes be very painful but it is necessary. We as Christians often forget how crucial suffering is in our life. How many of us receive incredible revelation about ourselves only to find that, although the revelation was exactly what we needed to move forward, we’re not moving forward?
The revelation had to be worked into our souls. I remember many things God revealed to me, but it took years for these revelations to become part of me. God had to heal areas in my life that prevented these revelations from taking place. This was one way of getting me out of God’s way. Then He had to work at getting what I was holding onto out of the way and then once that area was free and empty of hindrances and issues, He was able to fit in the changes He wanted to make within me. Many times I have asked God to heal me and tried to do it myself, by being different, or what I thought I should be like until it dawned on me that if the way I was depended on what I knew and how I knew to be, then how could I suddenly change that part of me. It has to be God who heals and changes; otherwise we’re working in the flesh trying to make things happen that are internal and a place only God can reach. No true healing comes from our own efforts. It is the miracle working power of God that changes and restores and heals. We cannot heal nor change ourselves; we can choose to submit to the changes and in this submission there comes great and lasting healing.
Challenge: Admit that you cannot heal or change yourself……..submit to God and His ability to heal and change you and wait on the Lord to do the healing and the changing.
The purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.