DELIVERANCE AND HEALING
By Petal Barclay-Smith
As long as we live on the face on this earth, we will have mountains to climb and giants to conquer. We have to face trials and sufferings at some point in our lives. But as long as we endure faithfully, God will turn our scars into stars and He will turn our sorrows into joy, joy unspeakable.
We read from the Gospel of John, Chapter 9, verses 1-3
As he (JESUS) went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.
We see from the passage of scripture that this man was born blind. And the disciples began to question Jesus as to why the man was blind from birth, they asked, who sinned? Was it the man or his parents? And many of us are like that today, we see someone with a condition and we began to question ourselves and even God if it is the person or his/her parents that sinned.
But this text tells us, not all sickness is as a result of sin. At some point, as Christians , we have to go through the fire, we have to go through the flood waters and we have to go through the storm, so at the end of it all, the glory of God will be displayed through us.
That is why the Bible tells us to rejoice in our sufferings, for the suffering produces endurance, it produces character and it produces hope in us. No one likes suffering, I do not like it for sure. But we have to come face to face with it. Sufferings may come in different forms, it can be through sickness, financial difficulties, death of a family member or, loss of a job or a house.
But these things happen to test our faith so that we can become complete in Christ. In order for meat to be softened, it has to be tenderized, in order for us to wear gold jewellery, the raw gold nuggets which look like small brown dirty pieces of stones, have to go through the fire until they are melted, they are put into small pieces, then left to be harden, acid is poured on them and then the boiling process starts again. That is what God is doing with us, He is breaking us, molding us and shaping us after His likeness. He wants us to become as pure gold.
During our sufferings, we need mustard seed faith. We need to pray always. As I face my own trials, God told me that I must pray always. He said Daniel prayed three times a day. Now, I pray more than three times a day. Without faith and prayer, we can easily give up, cave in and quit. But when we put our trust in God, He promises never to leave us or forsake us.
We may be afflicted in every way, but not crushed, we may be struck down but not destroyed. Even during our hard times, we get some good days and some not too good days. God tells us He is working all things together for good, for those who love Him and for those who are called according to His purpose.
As we read the remaining of John, chapter 9, we see that Jesus healed the blind man and everyone that saw him was amazed as to how he can see. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. He healed many people years ago and He is still healing today. So brothers and sisters, when we suffer according to God’s will for our lives, we should remain committed to God and continue to do good.
Apostle Paul tells us in 2 Timothy Chapter 2:3 to join him in the suffering like a good soldier of Jesus Christ. If we study Paul’s ministry, we will see how greatly he had suffered and he remained faithful and true to God. For the Bible tells us that our
present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
So I encourage us to let us rejoice in our sufferings. It will not be easy. But the suffering produces endurance, it produces character and it produces hope in us. Let us keep the faith and pray. Do not give up, cave in or quit. God is working all things out for the good of those who love Him and those who are called according to His purpose. So at the end of it all, the works of God might be displayed in us. Glory to God. Amen.