“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf.” (Hebrews 6:19) The Christian life has hope. For those who have placed their trust and faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, we have an unspeakable hope in Him. A hope of our future in eternity, our hope as new creations through Him, and hope of healing and strength as only Christ can give. Hope.
Throughout the Bible, the Gospels record Jesus’ life and ministry on this Earth as the Son of God. He brought refreshment to His people. He brought forgiveness of sins and atonement for healing humanity. He is much more than words on paper or in a book; Jesus is the cornerstone, the epitome of grace, holiness, and power. He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. And, He loves His people.
Living in this world can be challenging and heart breaking to say the least. We walk everyday lives of highs and lows as a roller coaster glides the railways. We scream, we laugh, we hold on for dear life, we may cry, and we may be thankful it’s over. Life can throw us curveballs and strikes. At times we may know what is coming directly at us swinging and hitting it out of the park; at other times we may lay on the floor, our hearts breaking from some unforeseen tragedy. Yes, life takes us through valleys and mountaintops, some good and some bad. Whether through amazing experiences or finger gripping pain, our hope and joy should always “rest” in Christ.
There is a “rest” in Christ. Christians are to enter into the “rest” of God. The rest we read in God’s Word is alive and active. “It is sharper than any double-edge sword penetrating even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.” (Hebrews 4:11-13) The rest we speak of is peaceful, loving, kind, gentle, patient, joyful, faithful, self-controlled, and good (Galatians 5:22-23) A rest in your spirit knowing God is in complete control of everything.
As Christians, we should come to God for every need we have. We come to the Lord for protection, forgiveness, finances, peace, restoration, newness, growth, strength, and healing. He wants to be apart of every area of your life. Our Lord adores His children, His daughters, and we are to love Him as our Father. The Christian faith truly is an adventure.
This foundation has to be established before we can move further. Our hope and faith have to be rooted in Christ, the Savior of the World, before we can begin praying for healing. If you have not accepted Christ into your heart as Lord and Savior, I would like to extend an opportunity. A very simple prayer can open a change in your life. Simple child-like faith will change your destiny. I pray you are willing to take that step of faith if you have not. Please just repeat this prayer, “Father, I believe Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God. I want Him to come into my heart and be Lord of my life. From this moment on, I confess my sins and ask Jesus to wash me clean. In Jesus name I pray.”
As a Christian woman, we are to be set apart for Christ, living in the world not of the world. This is challenging for we may face the same difficulties unbelievers have. The world we live in has disease, illness, sickness, heartache, un-forgiveness, pain, suffering, and the list is endless. Jesus of Nazareth never promised a life free of suffering for His followers, on the contrary, He boldly announced, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
As Christian women, we experience much as the world does. The difference our faith has on the experiences is the attitude, the trust in Christ, the behavior exhibited, and believing in the promises of God. When Christian women trudge through difficulties, the world watches for our reactions. The world watches and waits to see how we are going to behave. When sickness, cancer, or illnesses befall us, what do those around you see? Do they see a woman who succumbs to anger and bitterness, or a woman who will fight the good fight of faith?
We all have had some need of healing in our lives. Whether a broken heart or physical healing, we’ve all called on God for something. Around my 40th birthday, I can recall have an eye infection. This infection encompassed both eyes, redness, itchiness, drainage, and pain. At times I was unable to open my eyes, using an eye mask to keep them closed and watered. I was up around the clock cleaning and washing my eyes out from the outpour of some sort of contagion.
I prayed and prayed. I sought medical attention from a well-respected ophthalmologist. Three weeks of experimenting with eye drops finally cleared the infection. As of today, I have an idea of what caused the infection, but no definite answer. During this time of pain, I homeschooled my children, kept my commitments, nursed my sick ones (at the same time) and helped my husband.
After my eyes healed, my husband gave me a wonderful compliment. He said, “You know, I’m really surprised. You didn’t complain one time.” In my heart, I gave glory to God because He was the only one to see me cry during the night when I couldn’t see. He was the only one I prayed to in my prayer closet for strength and healing. Christ was the one I went to during physical pain. I trusted Him and witnessed to all those around me.
The Christian woman’s character is revealed during trials. I know of many Christian women who have physical aliments, diseases, and sicknesses. I know those who have had brain surgery, cancer, tumors, heart surgery, and daily pain. What strikes me the most, is when I did not know these women intimately, my heart would never have known they were in pain. Their joyful attitude and prayerful words never mentioned their struggles. It was when God brought us closer I discovered their agony. Character. Faith. Hope. Joy.
I want to list a few Scriptures from the Gospels and Acts to give you hope. Jesus of Nazareth is precious, loving, gentle, kind, and powerful. He never let an opportunity go to heal someone if they desired it:
Matthew 4:23, “Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good new of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.”
Luke 6:19, “…..and the people all tried to touch Him, because power was coming from Him and healing them all.”
Luke 9:6, “So they set out and went from village to village, proclaiming the good news and healing people everywhere.”
Luke 9:11, “He welcomed them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing.”
Acts 10:38, “….how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how He went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with Him.”
Jesus of Nazareth has the power to heal. I do want to open my heart and say, I have no answer for those who question why He chooses to heal some and not others. I have seen many lose loved ones, asking the same question you may have. My only conciliation is trusting God. Why did God not heal my eyes immediately, but let me suffer? Maybe my character, my faith, my witness, and trust in Him needed to be tested through a difficult infection. Jesus works in the way He sees fit. I do want to encourage you; I have seen healings immediately after prayer.
My three children have each experienced Jesus’ healing hand. Accidents seem to come to all families and little ones when they play. Immediate healings from slamming hands in car doors, dropping bowling balls on feet, falling several feet face first on to concrete, and croupy coughs have my children glorifying God. As a parent, most of these accidents happened when I was feet away. Unable to grab a child as you see disaster happening, I’ve yelled, “IN JESUS NAME!” It has been in these moments where there is unexplainable healing. Bouncing back from what looks like broken bones, deeps wounds, and cuts, I have sat shaken, crying, and amazed. I know it was Christ’s hand that immediately healed a wound.
As a Christian woman, I pray this has brought you encouragement and hope. Our faith in Christ opens doors of healing through even the most stressful times in our lives. Pray to the One who can heal you. Cry out to the One who knows your pain. And remember, take heart! For the Lord has overcome the world!