Experience it for yourself

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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.

 

 

2 Comments

  1. I loved this post! Thank you for sharing this! I think it is so important to experience conversion for yourself. I grew up believing in Jesus Christ as my savior but you can never know, until you experience it. I have had many times, like you said, where I was disgusted by the weight of my own sin. I fell on my knees and pled for forgiveness. Out of everything I had I could not go on any longer, but it was because of Jesus Christ and Him helping repent that I found forgiveness. I really did feel His cleansing power clean me. There’s a scripture in the Book of Mormon that testifies of Christ’s power. This prophet when he was younger committed a lot of sin but soon felt the weight of his sins.

    This is what he said of his experience in Alma 36: 17-20, “17. And it came to pass that as I was thus racked with torment, while I was harrowed up by the memory of my many sins, behold, I remembered also to have heard my father prophesy unto the people concerning the coming of one Jesus Christ, a Son of God, to atone for the sins of the world.
    18 Now, as my mind caught hold upon this thought, I cried within my heart: O Jesus, thou Son of God, have mercy on me, who am in the gall of bitterness, and am encircled about by the everlasting chains of death.
    19 And now, behold, when I thought this, I could remember my pains no more; yea, I was harrowed up by the memory of my sins no more.
    20 And oh, what joy, and what marvelous light I did behold; yea, my soul was filled with joy as exceeding as was my pain!

    I find that so true! Elder Dale G. Renlund, an apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ once said, “Like the true shepherd He is, He seeks us and finds us to offer relief and hope. Understanding His compassion and love helps us exercise faith in Him—to repent and be healed.”

    It wasn’t until I truly had experienced Jesus Christ for myself that I could say, as the Book of Mormon does of Him in Mosiah 3:17, “that there shall be no other name given nor any other way nor means whereby salvation can come unto the children of men, only in and through the name of Christ, the Lord Omnipotent.” Thank you for your post. It reminded me of the sweet times I have had so far in my life experiencing the Atonement of Jesus Christ. How blessed we are to have Him in our lives.

    1. Hi, Brandon! So, I do not believe in the additional books that the mormons have. I believe that the full cannon of scripture are the 66 books. In terms of Experiencing it for Yourself, I only quote books from the original 66. If you desire to know details of specific verses and context, do not hesitate to reach out.

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