DELIVERANCE AND HEALING
By PBS Ministries
We look at our circumstances in life and we ask where is God? What do we do when the bad times exceed the good time? What do we do when we are down in the pit and we cry out to God but there is no answer? Our human instinct kicks in and our faith begins to collapse in the God who says He will never leave us or forsake us.
If we stand upon the Word of God, we have all assurance that God will always be with us in the good times and in the bad times. We go through the flood waters so we can overcome, meat is tenderized to make it easy to chew, and gold can be hammered into very thin sheets or leaves, drawn into wire, cast, carved, polished and heated without being tarnished.
The Bible tells us that Mary and Martha, the sisters of Lazarus sent word to Jesus that Lazarus is sick. When Jesus heard this, He said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” He went on to tell His disciples, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up.” On His arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been dead and in the tomb for four days.
According to the Gospel of John, Chapter 11, verses 38- 44:
38 Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. 39 “Take away the stone,” he said. “But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.” 40 Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” 41 So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.” 43 When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”
When our situation seems to be slipping out of control, it will only take the power of Jesus Christ to bring restoration. Mary and Martha had lost all hope waiting for Jesus to come to heal Lazarus. But the Lord showed up just in time to restore life to their brother. Disappointments in our life must come, but we must not lose hope. Even in the darkest of days, our faith must not waver, for what seemed like hopeless failure may turn to glorious success.
Is there anything too hard for God to do? No, nothing is impossible with God. God may not work within our time frame, but rest assure, if He said He will do it, He will do it. He is not a God that He should lie. He is an on time God and wants us to trust Him to the end so He can bring us out triumphantly. When King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold, he summoned everyone to come to the dedication and commanded them: “ As soon as you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music, you must fall down and worship the golden image. Whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace.” Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego paid no attention to the King. They neither served the gods nor worshiped the golden image. The King was furious with rage when they did not bow down and ordered for them to be thrown into the blazing fiery furnace which was heated seven times hotter than usual. But thanks be to our most High God, when the three men came out of the furnace, the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them. (Daniel 3)
God is able to deliver us from any fiery furnace. When we are down in our valley, the time may seem long, and getting longer, the burden may be getting heavier, the darkness getting darker and God has not shown up. Do not lose hope, but rejoice, be patient in tribulation and be constant in prayer. Through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we may have hope, for faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
I encourage us to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, put away our life of sin, repent and live a righteous and holy life and we will overcome one day. For those who hope in the LordGod will turn our mess into a message, He will take us from the guttermost to the uttermost, He will set our feet on a rock to stay. Through Christ, our scars will become stars, our sorrows will turn into joy, joy unspeakable. When we come out of our pit, we will rejoice and say, “Look what the Lord has done!” will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
So, let us not loose heart, but wait on God. Second Corinthians 4: 16-18 declare that though outwardly we are wasting away, inwardly, we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Amen