Thankful for a God who Heals

Not long ago I came to know my Jehovah-rapha in a deeper, more personal way.
Jehovah-rapha means the one who is your healer. In the Hebrew the word we translate as rapha means “to mend, to cure.” It is translated “to heal, repair, repair thoroughly, make whole.” (Lord, Heal my Hurts by Kay Arthur)
God can and does heal us. He heals physically, spiritually, and emotionally. For many years I had heard that God healed, but I didn’t truly understand what that meant until recently. God has given me a deeper understanding of His power of spiritual and emotional healing.
For this I am THANKFUL!
What He has shown me over and over and over that when things get difficult, when I feel as if I can’t handle life, or my current circumstance I am to run to God. Not walk, but RUN!
It’s not just the running to God that heals, it’s what we do afterwards that matters.
What I need to understand is that if I run to God for answers and then walk away and still do what I think is best, what does it profit me? I need to run to Him and then listen and obey, that is when healing begins.
If you would look at my books shelves you would see many Christian self help books and Bible studies. Books filled with godly council. I read them all. But when it comes right down to it none of them helped me to truly heal. Knowing His word and understanding His character and then being obedient to what He says is what heals us.
Do you get that? Go back and read that last sentence just to be sure.
So often we know the truth of what God says. He says to forgive, to renew our thinking, to love our enemies, to seek Him, to know Him, to walk by faith not by sight and to obey.

For His Word, I am THANKFUL!

But sometimes we behave as if His word isn’t enough. We want more, we want to go to the latest books, our friends, or secular help. Why? The answer to that is dependent on the person. Some think God needs help, some believe what God calls us to do is to hard. Some are unwilling to forgive, to forget, to let go and press on toward healing. Some really don’t want to be healed of their emotional pain.
We will never be fully healed until we learn to run to our Jehovah-rapha where complete healing awaits us. Once we are there, seeking Him I truly believe that is when God often brings others along side of us to help. But we must go to our HEALER GOD first.

God thank you that you are the Great Physician. Thank you for helping me understand that you healed me completely. Thank you for healing our disobedience, broken hearts and our sin. You bind up our wounds, and bring healing to those dark places we’ve tried to hide. Oh my Jehovah-rapha thank you! I am so thankful that You heal and repair me COMPLETELY!

(Is 19:22; 57:17-18; 30:26; 53:3; Ps 147:3; Jer 32:27; Acts 10:38)

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