I was not expecting this next series at all. I had other ideas. Better ideas. Easier ideas!
Over the years though I have come to recognise the familiar, persistent even relentless nudging of the Spirit. He keeps on until I listen. This has been the case here. Last week I gave in.
As I have listened, I believe that God wants us to see many more healings than we do. Many more people released from hurts and wounds that hold them back. Many more with streams, richer and deeper than they ever imagined, flowing from deep within them. I believe God wants us to be strong in body, mind and spirit.
This series is not an exercise in what more we can learn about God but an invitation to step deeper into his presence and discover that there is ‘healing in his wings’ (Malachi 4:2).
Sometimes I find it overwhelming. It seems that everywhere I look people are exhausted at just coping with whatever afflicts them. Bodies don’t work with the efficiency for which they were designed. Viruses and sicknesses are the topics of daily conversation. Hearts are heavy with worry or fears. Minds speak lies that crush and defeat. Visions of ourselves torment and oppress.
Is this the life to which we are called?
We know that God is raising up an army. We want to be in it. We want to fight the darkness, to usher in His Kingdom of light. But some days it’s all we can do just to stand. Maybe, not even stand. And fighting seems as far away as ever.
Jesus said of himself:
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.” Luke 4:18-19
This is what Jesus does. What he still does.
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