Pursue Healing!

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I was reading in Acts the other night and this thread began to emerge regarding healing. In these passages it speaks of physical healing. However, it got me to pondering the reality of the ripple effects of inner healing. That’s where my greatest needs are and it is the ministry that I work in. I am part of the Sozo Ministry Team at my church. SOZO is the Greek word translated “saved, healed, delivered.” Sozo ministry is a unique inner healing and deliverance ministry aimed to get to the root of things hindering your personal connection with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. With a healed connection, you can walk in the destiny to which you have been called.

So this passage got me to thinking (see last blog post) about the impact that inner healing can have on countless lives. Not just ours!

Let me set the stage. This is my paraphrase version. Please do go read it in Acts chapters 1 through 4. It’s fascinating.

Jesus had already been crucified and the Disciples had actually seen Him in His resurrected form. They had to have gone from complete and utter despair to ridiculous life-changing joy and truth. Jesus did not die after all, as they themselves witnessed but He rose again – which He promised. They just didn’t have had any understanding of where to put those statements before the Cross.

Jesus spent time with them over a period of 40 days before he went back to Heaven, promising to come back again.

In Acts 3, Peter and John were going to the Temple to pray at 3pm, as they did every day. A man, who was lame from birth, was brought to the temple gate to beg for money. That was his lifestyle and his job. The passage says, “He was put there every day to beg from those going into the temple courts.” He was PUT there.  He couldn’t do this himself and he apparently had no other recourse.

He saw Peter and John and asked them for money. Many of us are probably familiar with their response, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.”

They helped the man up and it says INSTANTLY (Acts 3:7) the man’s feet and ankles became strong and he jumped and then began to walk! The dude had been lame for 40 years (Acts 4:21), since birth!

Because of this miracle, Peter gives this rousing talk in which approximately 2,000 men gave their hearts to Christ for Salvation. Imagine a crowd that had to be more than 2,000 people. Not everyone would respond favorably. But Scripture says that the number of those who believed grew to about 5,000.  In Acts 2, an initial 3,000 people gave their hearts to the Lord.  I did the math.

It says men heard this message and responded by giving their hearts to Jesus.  Everyone knew that Jesus had been crucified. If it is men only, as the passage says, because of being in the temple courts, that would change the lives of 1,000’s more people as those men went home to their wives and children and told them what happened!

One man’s healing was the catalyst for at least 2,000 people coming to Christ.

Pursue healing.

I know that as I have experienced my own inner healing over the last two years, many others have been affected by my healing. Prior to reading this passage, I didn’t really think about the ripple effects of my inner healing. But, it’s true!

Pursue healing.

My inner healing is coming in waves but when it does, it gives me courage to:

  • Be visible
    • Use my voice
      • Listen to others
        • Care
          • Be present in the moment
            • Stand strong
              • Have hope

When I step in to my identity, others are affected simply because that’s how the Kingdom works. We really do need each other. I need you to be who you were meant to be and you need me to walk in who I am meant to be.

Oh, the name of the gate where this healing took place is “Beautiful”. Isn’t that beautiful?! I believe it is part of God’s love for us to offer us Himself so that our inner healing can begin. He looks inside our broken hearts and speaks healing to our spirits. Our mind is renewed and it is His desire to see us respond just like the healed man did at the Gate Beautiful. He instantly felt the change and he jumped up and began walking!

I confess that when I noticed my spirit getting healed, I didn’t respond that way. I didn’t instantly jump for joy and begin walking in my healed self. I sat back on the ground, so to speak, and stayed afraid. Why? Because I had years of being used to being afraid and of hiding.   God graciously continues to heal me. But, more than that, I think it is me getting to know Him in a deeper way where I trust Him with those broken places and I exchange them for His hand and He helps me up. Every time!

Pursue healing. It’s a beautiful thing.

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About delanab2012

I am joyful, creative, and fun. I am also serious, pensive and contemplative. I'm what you call one of those outgoing introverts. I have a genuine extroverty side but also need my introverty alone time to regroup. What's that new term? Oh yeah, ambiverts. That's a good description of me I love deeply. My best friend, is my husband David, whom I love with every fiber of my being. Friendships are very important to me. Each friend is a multifaceted treasure. I love the Kingdom of God and my Jesus, therefore, life is full of hope, joy and promise!

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