Monday, March 24, 2014

YOUR FAITH HAS MADE YOU WHOLE

Written by Audrey E. Charles

The doctors had given up on her, her own people spurned her because she had been ceremonially unclean for twelve years. She had no money left. Yet she took a bold step to venture out in the open...
And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment: For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole. But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour. - Matthew 9:20-22
At the end of it all she heard the precious words, “Your faith has made you whole.”  Jesus had just given her her life back!

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He sat in his usual place at the roadside begging, depending on the moods of strangers to determine if
he had a good day or not. Most of his days were not good. After all, he was Bartimaeus...the son of Timaeus – the man whose name means foul and defiled – and to top it off he was blind. But when he heard that Voice call to him he threw off his garment – the garment that for so many years had identified him as a blind beggar. In anticipation of his healing he removed it, and the stigma it carried.

And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus. And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight. And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way. Mark 10:50-52
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He had uttered the word ‘unclean’ so often to warn people that he was in their vicinity and to give them a chance to get away from him. But he had cried out to Jesus...he and his nine leper friends. When the Master heard them He simply told them to go and show themselves to the priest. By faith they obeyed and as they went they were healed...no longer unclean - society's castaways. This leper was different from the others however. He didn't just rejoice...he returned with a new word on his lips..."Thanks!"
And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole. Luke 17:15-19
I believe that being made whole is not limited just to the relief from the illness or affliction. I know that if Bartimaeus or the woman or the former leper had anything else wrong with them that Jesus took care of those ailments also. Jesus does not do things partially and that is why He said to them that they were now whole. Wholeness is completeness in every area of your life – your body, your mind, your spirit, your relationships, your giftings, your finances, your future……..everything, with nothing lacking.

Do you need the Lord to make you whole? Can you believe that He will remove all affliction from you? Follow the example of these three people.

  1. Take a bold step of faith regardless of what those around you might say to deter you.
  2. At the Lord’s leading, throw off that thing that identifies you with the affliction.
  3. Make sure that you thank the Lord for your healing.
Be made whole.
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