MGHM Healing Brief, 3/10


God's Will Is Wholeness

When we "pass the peace" with a smile on Sunday morning, our words have about the same spiritual weight as "Have a nice day!" The English noun peace means much less to us than it did to the writers of the Old and New Testaments.

In fact, the difference is enormous. The Hebrew word for peace--shalom--goes light-years beyond the absence of war or the presence of good cheer. Like the Greek word for salvation (soteria), it refers to the believerís complete deliverance from everything in this fallen world that makes our lives less than God wants them to be.
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The fullness of the Kingdom

Shalom is what we pray for in the Lordís Prayer, the fullness of the Kingdom of Heaven on earth: nothing broken, everything working properly, robust health, complete well-being, rescue from whatever makes us less than whole. Wholeness, in fact, is a good English word for what's normally rendered as "peace."

If you can get your hands on a copy of the Complete Jewish Bible, translated by David H. Stern, youíll see what Iím talking about. Almost every instance of shalom (from the Hebrew root s-l-m) is an eye-opener.

Start with Isaiah 66:12, for instance. In a typical English translation God assures His people, "I will give you peace like a river."
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Like a flooding stream

Thatís all well and good, but more than a little anemic by Hebrew standards. In David Sternís translation, the Lord says, "I will spread shalom over her [Jerusalem] like a river and the wealth of nations like a flooding stream. . . ."  

Do you see the difference? In English, the Lord seems to be doing little more than "passing the peace." But in Hebrew, itís plain that He intends to immerse His people in wholeness, goodness, and well-being like a flow of clear water.

From Exodus to the end of Revelation, text after text assures us that healing and wholeness have always been Godís will for His family, "on earth as in heaven." In a recent television broadcast I referred to more than twenty Scriptures from the Complete Jewish Bible in which shalom and the necessary deliverance are promised to all who turn to the Lord. And the promise is clearly for this life as well as the life to come.
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   The favor of the Lord

Consider Luke 4:18, one of many texts with the same basic message:

"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me; therefore he has anointed me to announce Good News to the poor; he has sent me to proclaim freedom for the imprisoned and renewed sight for the blind, to release those who have been crushed, to proclaim a year of the favor of the Lord."

Thereís no suggestion here that God lets the devil bite His children to teach them something, or that sickness is given to build character, or that someone dear to you died in an accident because God needed another flower in His heavenly garden.

The simple, blessed truth is summed up in 2 Peter 1:11 (CJB): "You will be generously supplied with everything you need to enter the eternal Kingdom of our Lord and Deliverer."

And you can enter that Kingdom right now!

                                                                                     óMary 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 wayóspiritually, 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 healedóthrough medicine, diet, exercise, and straight thinking. Everything that promotes healing is a gift from Him.

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