Issue 808 – Wounded – July 27, 2022

Collapsed in the desert

In speaking with Christians over the years, I have often heard things like,” God gave me a wonderful opportunity to do something special, and I didn’t take it. Now I’m afraid He doesn’t love me anymore.” Sometimes, the issue is something like,” I fell back into terrible sin, and I’m so scared God won’t ever forgive me again.”

These are ordinary people in great pain. They are dry and dying spiritually in lonely desert places.

If you saw them, you probably wouldn’t know they feel like they’re dying on the inside. They might be sitting next to you on a Sunday morning, ministering in your church, or even be part of your family. They often slowly and quietly slip away from the church in their self-imposed shame.

We usually get medical help to heal our bodies when we’re physically injured. When we’ve been injured spiritually, we often run from the source of healing. Satan lies to us and tells us we can’t ever be forgiven. We have been hurt in the past by sharing with someone in the church when we shared our pain. 

Maybe your church doesn’t condone sharing. Unfortunately, while the church should be a place of openness and healing, there is often an unspoken cultural expectation to be “fine.” Far too often, people put on their churchy smiles and hold the pain and doubts inside.

Like a nasty physical wound that doesn’t receive attention, an injury to the spirit that doesn’t receive tending keeps bleeding. Infection sets in, making the damage even messier. The pain festers, our spirit weakens, and we fall further and further away from the one who can heal us.

Our healing comes from the Lord.

But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53:5

I’m going to go out on a limb here and probably offend some people because there are different interpretations of this verse. This verse doesn’t promise that God will heal all our physical ailments in this lifetime. God’s plans are often best served in an atmosphere of pain, suffering or even death. Yes, God can heal physically and often does, but it isn’t guaranteed.

This passage means that for our sin, He brings healing. He heals our wounded and battered spirits; that’s the most important healing, to be made again with God. Christ brings eternal healing, not simply a transitory physical healing.

God heals, and God forgives.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.1 John 1:9

He makes us new again.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17

Through Christ, we are free of condemnation.

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1

If you’re one of those people wounded in the spirit and wondering if you can ever go back, YES, GOD STILL LOVES YOU. HE’S WAITING WITH OPEN ARMS. RUN INTO THEM.

Until next time, if you are wounded in the spirit run to our great healing God. If you have trusted Jesus, today is the day to open your heart to Him.

Hallelu Yah (Praise God)

Be blessed

Kevin.

Gleanings From The Word.

Experience an extraordinary God in ordinary life. 

Soli Deo Gloria (for the glory of God alone.)

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