Can we be honest for a second? Whenever someone mentioned being healed by God, I was skeptical about the factual foundation from which it stemmed on. Whether it was physical or emotional I felt as if people were over exaggerating their emotions. God, in his all knowing nature did not leave me in my limited understanding,instead he walked with me, guided me,( kicking and screaming–maybe some cursing), to him; so I could receive the healing my heart desperately needed.
I experienced a season of waiting upon a blessing from the Lord, but in the midst of the waiting came a series of hissy fits. Wrapped up in these fits of anger hid lies I believed about God and myself. I was too consumed in my own feelings to realize that all I had to do was be still, tell the Lord my concerns, and allow him to breath truth into my situation. I needed his mercy and truth more than ever. In my stubbornness he still loved me and brought me to Luke 17:11-19.
Jesus was traveling between Samaria and Galilee, and as he was entering into town ten men with leprosy approached him, but they did not come close, they stood at him from a distance. The next verse hits home:
“They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”: Luke 17:13
There have been many moments in my life where I am disgusted by the weight of my own sin and I do not want anyone else to come near me including Jesus. But the spirit he placed in me, cries out “ Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”: Luke 17: 13
Our flesh may want to hide, but our spirit calls on the name of the Lord.
I poured out my heart to him one night, dating back to hurts that ran as far and deep. I came to understand that I intellectual knew what it meant to be a new creation, but to live it out, was still a foreign concept to me.
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:[a] The old has gone, the new is here: 2 Corinthians 5:17
In the Luke 17 passage, something interesting happens. He immediately commands them to go show themselves to the priest, and as they left they were healed.
Recently I have come to realize, that, yes, prayer and solitude with you and the Lord is beneficial to your walk, but sometimes if you keep moving you heal faster.
15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.: Luke 17:15&16
The healing and cleansing process takes time, but we still have a job to do, and that is to show this world the healing power of Jesus–even if that healing power takes time. We do that by giving him all the praise and thanks.