MGHM Healing Brief, 2/08

A Comprehensive "Deliverance Package"

Most of us have known since childhood that "Jesus came to save sinners"--that is, to forgive our sin and rescue us from its eternal effects. But too few of us have understood that our salvation is a comprehensive "deliverance package" for this life as well as the next.

Consider Isaiah 42:6-7:

I have given You [the Messiah] for a covenant to the people, for a light to the nations; to open the eyes of the blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, and those who sit in darkness from the prison.

Well-being in the "here and now"

In this and similar Scriptures (Isaiah 61:1 and Luke 4:18, for example) it's clear that God is speaking of our complete well-being in the "here and now." And it's clear, of course, that He isn't talking about a literal jailhouse, but about "prisons" of the body, mind, and spirit.

What does a personal prison look like? Basically, it's anything that cripples our bodies, minds, spirits, or relationships. The emphasis of this ministry, of course, has been on "illness prisons"; some of us may be in bondage to diseases that the doctors say we'll just have to live with for the rest of our lives.

Your complete deliverance

But other prisons and bondages can be just as dangerous to the Good Life as a physical ailment. Some of us may be captive to destructive emotions such as grief, sorrow, hate, resentment, fear, anxiety, or deep-seated anger. Some of us may be locked up in damaging (and therefore sinful) habits that we canít manage to break: lying, gossiping, stealing, covetousness, envy, a murderous tongue.

Today, dear one, I want you to know that Jesus has paid for your complete deliverance from any drawback that makes your life less than God intends it to be.
Until we finally get free

In future Healing Briefs I'll have a lot more to say about how you can be set free from any prison or bondage you can name. For the moment, I invite you to join me in this simple prayer:

Lord God, teach us Your Words about getting free from the prisons that damage our lives. Teach us how we can get free of our bondages and stay free from them. Help us to meditate on Your deliverance Scriptures until we finally get free. In the Name of Jesus our Deliverer, amen.

                                                                                        --Mary Graff  

Don't forget that . . .

God should be our first resort, not our last resort. Start taking time right now to build up the faith you need to receive His healing.

God is ready to heal us in every way--spiritually, physically, emotionally, and mentally.

God heals all types of disease, pain, sorrow, and infirmity. Nothing is too hard for Him.

God wants us to be healed, to be "whole" persons enjoying abundant life.

God expects us to cooperate with Him in getting healed--through medicine, diet, exercise, and straight thinking. Everything that promotes healing is a gift from Him.

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