MGHM Healing Brief, 12/12

Wait for the Lord

I won’t go so far as to suggest that Scrooge was right on target (as in "bah, humbug"), but you’ll have to admit that the distractions of these "happy holidays" may be doing us more harm than good. In effect, our year-end frenzy doubles the noise and pressure of an ordinary month.

Start with the normal din of television, cell-phone chatter, traffic, crowds. Multiply the number of cars honking at each other in the snowy streets. Add blaring music, flashing lights, bells, people growling to themselves and colliding with their shopping carts, children screaming, a thousand Santa Clauses ho-ho-ho-ing. Here and there one sees the helpless baby in a cow-stall, a sentimental backward glance toward a calmer past. The scene is nice, cute, maybe even touching—but how can it mean anything more to a frantic shopper?

God's Christmas present

So it’s getting harder and harder to remember that "Jesus is the Reason for the Season." Fortunately, in the midst of these distractions you and I can still find time to celebrate the real meaning of Christmas: that the Child in the manger was on a mission to rescue humanity, and that this mission was a triumph, summed up in the gift of soteria to all His people.

This is God’s Christmas present to us. The full sense of soteria is worked out in several other Greek and Hebrew expressions, used 388 times in Scripture, and translated by 23 English words including salvation, deliverance, health, help, well-being, safety, victory, defense, protection, rescue, and preservation.

All that's necessary to "unwrap" it

The Gift is also summed up by the Hebrew word shalom--usually "peace" in English, but much more than the absence of strife. The full sense is completeness, wholeness, well-being, health, soundness, prosperity—everything covered by Jesus’ prayer that the will of God may be done on earth as it’s done in heaven.

You’ll never get a better Christmas present than this, dear one! And all that’s necessary to "unwrap" it is to turn off the TV, stop texting our friends for a little while, set aside whatever we’re busy, busy, busy with, and make a quality decision to turn to the Lord of the Universe in prayer, praise, and thanksgiving.

These blessings will be yours

The process is simple, and it always works. The doors of heaven are unlocked by just two commandments presented in 1 John 3:21-24: have faith; have love. Any Christian can do it at any time, by getting quiet, trusting God, and following His directions.

So my prayer for you at year’s end is that heaven’s shalom and soteria will surround you and bless you all during 2013 and ever afterwards. These blessings will be yours in abundance if you’ll just take time away from the world’s pointless clamor and "wait for the Lord" to "renew [your] strength and power" (Isaiah 40:31).

Just put down whatever you’re struggling with, take a deep breath, submit to the Holy Spirit, and let the love of God flow through you—and expect that love to transform everything it touches.

                                                                                     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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