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Healing and Health

Daily Reading: Matthew 21

Scripture Focus: And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he healed them. (Matthew 21.14)

Devotional Thought: The blind and the lame. Have you ever seen them healed? Have you been in a church service where people came and found healing? I must confess, that I have never seen one who was physically blind or lame healed miraculously at church. I was praying at church with a friend once, and his wife - who was not there - was instantly healed of cancer. I remember him stopping and shouting - God's touched Jan! Sure enough, she was healed. Another time, I had been praying for a young man who had a broken bone as they took him to surgery. They X-rayed it before surgery, and the bone was healed!

Pretty amazing stuff. But, as I said, I've never seen the blind and the lame come to Jesus in church and be healed.

Or, have I?

I know people that I've prayed for - too blind for hope and too lame to cope - be miraculously delivered! One young lady was so far gone, that she couldn't see anything but her addiction. Jesus healed her mind and addiction. I prayed with a young man who later ended up flat on his back in a jail cell. Jesus came and saved him. He's now out of prison and serving the Lord. There is another who has been addicted to opiates for years. After playing games and gaming the system for years, he went to a faith-based recovery center. There he found freedom. Yes, Jesus still works miracles!

Jesus heals! We need to get people to come to him. I also would urge them to keep coming to church, where they found the Healer - for if coming to church for healing is good, staying in church for health is even better!

Prayer: Jesus, thank you that your power is able to do immeasurably more than we could ask or imagine. Help us to believe you, O Lord. And, when you work healing in our lives, may we not forget to serve you wholeheartedly! Amen.

Psalm of the Day: Psalm 94.1-7

1 O Lord, God of vengeance,

O God of vengeance, shine forth!

2 Rise up, O judge of the earth;

repay to the proud what they deserve!

3 O Lord, how long shall the wicked,

how long shall the wicked exult?

4 They pour out their arrogant words;

all the evildoers boast.

5 They crush your people, O Lord,

and afflict your heritage.

6 They kill the widow and the sojourner,

and murder the fatherless;

7 and they say, “The Lord does not see;

the God of Jacob does not perceive.”

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