Skip to main content

Bigger than...

That evening a lot of demon-afflicted people were brought to him. He relieved the inwardly tormented. He cured the bodily ill. He fulfilled Isaiah's well-known sermon: He took our illnesses, He carried our diseases. (Matthew 8:16-17)

We don't always understand how God moves, what he plans within the long fights with debilitating disease, or how the loss of a loved one will affect the lives of those who have trusted God for their loved one's healing. One thing you and I can hold onto - God is NEVER untrue to his word! His purposes may be far beyond our limited ability to understand them, but he never "backs down" on his word! Get that - God NEVER backs down on his word - his promises are consistent and they are a sure foundation for our lives. Through the good, the bad, and the ugly - his promises remain the same.

After a long day of healing the sick, Jesus is faced with even more sick and tormented individuals who petition for their release from infirmity. He has healed the leper, cured the servant of the Captain of the Roman Guard, and raised Peter's mother-in-law from her sickbed. Now, with dusk upon him, the demon-afflicted come to him - seeking release, hoping for peace at last - and he is moved once again into the service of healing and delivering. He had relieved the inwardly tormented. He had cured the bodily ill. He took their illnesses and carried their diseases - he TOOK and he CARRIED not only their illnesses and diseases, but OURS, as well. He relieved - he eased their burden and released them from their oppression. he cured - he restored to perfect health what once was plagued with disease and death. He took - he brought into his own hands, into his own possession their illnesses. He carried - he became the bearer of their torment.

The inwardly tormented (those with oppressed and depressed thoughts) were given a new outlook on life - released to begin to live without the burden which had tormented them for so long. Does that sound like anybody you know? Inwardly tormented - oppressed, under the burden of depression? The bodily ill restored to perfect health - certainly the great hope of all with debilitating disease is not only to be well, but to be perfectly healed. This is what we hold onto in the midst of disease. This is what we count on when tides just don't seem to turn in our mind's thoughts and our souls emotions. God is in control - every step of the way. I cannot know fully the depths of all he accomplishes - but I can trust fully in the promises of deliverance. So, regardless of the immediacy of the outcome, I encourage those who need his healing to come, just as these did those many years ago. Bringing inward torment, bodily disease, illnesses without name, muddled-minds and troubled emotions - looking into his eyes, beholding his grace, and then beginning to live fully in his peace. In the midst of the "fight" perhaps our greatest "deliverance" comes in the "yielding" of our spirits to his control.

In the midst of your fight today, just know I am praying for you! I may not know you all by name, but God does! As I write today, I hold you each before him - may he bless you IN the fight! May he bless you in the midst of your healing - for I know our God is bigger than what you face today! Just sayin!


Popular posts from this blog

The bobby pin in the electrical socket does what???

Avoidance is the act of staying away from something - usually because it brings some kind of negative effect into your life.  For example, if you are a diabetic, you avoid the intake of high quantities of simple sugars because they bring the negative effect of elevating your blood glucose to unhealthy levels.  If you were like me as a kid, listening to mom and dad tell you the electrical outlets were actually dangerous didn't matter all that much until you put the bobby pin into the tiny slots and felt that jolt of electric current course through your body! At that point, you recognized electricity as having a "dangerous" side to it - it produces negative effects when embraced in a wrong manner.  Both of these are good things, when used correctly.  Sugar has a benefit of producing energy within our cells, but an over-abundance of it will have a bad effect.  Electricity lights our path and keeps us warm on cold nights, but not contained as it should be and it can produce


When someone tells you that you need to wrap your mind around some concept, they are telling you that the subject at hand will take some effort on our part to actually get enough of a hint of it in order to even remotely understand it. The subject is complex, even a little overwhelming, and we will have to apply ourselves to really grasp it very well. We cannot wrap our minds around God's wisdom and knowledge - because it is infinite and our brains are sadly finite. We can only 'think' so far and then we have to 'trust'. Some of us think there is nothing we can trust if we cannot 'think' it through, but this will never work when it comes to our faith. Faith requires trust in what is unseen and not fully comprehended. The truth we believe is really building our trust, but until we approach God with more trust than 'thought', we will never fully grasp some of the things he has prepared for us. We cannot wrap our minds around God’s wisdom and knowledg

Give him the pieces

What or Who is it that causes division among you right now? Maybe it is more of a 'what' than a 'who' that is creating the division between you and something you need in your life. Perhaps you are struggling with an addiction to something that keeps coming between you and true liberty from the hold that thing has on you. Yes, addiction is really the worst kind of enslavement one can imagine - being so emotionally or psychologically attached to the 'thing' that any attempt to break free causes so much trauma in your life that you just cannot imagine being free. But...God is above that addiction - he is stronger than the emotional or psychological pull that thing has in your life. Maybe the dividing force in your life right now is a 'who' - a tough relationship challenge between you and a coworker, a spouse that seems to no longer share your interests or values, or even a relative that doesn't understand some of your choices and now chooses to withdraw