Message Recap | 11.23.2014
Speaker: Aaron Taylor, Lead Pastor
Have you been on top of the mountain as some would say? You are living the life of no worries, with a great job, a good family and a beautiful home. On the outside everything would appear to be as good as it gets. Then, in an instant of time, things change. It happened to me when I heard the emergency room doctor tell me, “You’ve had a heart attack and we need to move quickly.” I was shocked to the point of being numb. I didn’t know what happened, but I knew the pain in my chest was something serious. The next thing I remember was a very large needle being inserted into my chest and the doctor saying, “The next few minutes is critical.” I just received a shot into my heart to establish a heart rhythm. I just fell back on the bed and stared into space. Well, Praise the Lord that He caused the doctors to be wise and I survived.
Today we continue our series, My Story, by looking at a Story of Healing. This is Joanne’s Story.
Joanne had everything going for her as it would appear on the outside. Life was good. The story we will look at from God’s Word is about 10 people who, for all intent and purpose, also had life going well for them. Let’s look at Luke, Chapter 17. Luke 17:11-13 (NIV): Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”
As Jesus is on His way to Jerusalem, he stops in a village where 10 men who had been suffering from a disease known as leprosy called out to him from a distance. Let me give you a little background on leprosy. It was the worst disease of their day and the physical ramifications are horrendous. Leprosy attacks the body, leaving sores, missing fingers, missing toes, and damaged limbs. In many cases, the initial pain of leprosy gives way to something more terrible than that – a loss of sensation in nerve endings, leading to more damage to more body parts. The disease can take 30 years to run its course, and in that time span, entire limbs can simply fall off. It is, assuredly, a most horrible disease.
The emotional pain of a leper, however, must have been even worse than the physical pain. He was removed from his family and his community. What would it have been like to be removed from friends and family for a lifetime, and to then be forced to announce that removal on a daily basis? It must have been horrible.
If you want to learn more about the Story of Healing as found in Joanne’s Story and the Word of God, listen to our podcast at http://painesvilleag.com/story for the complete message.
Joanne had heard the doctor’s diagnosis, but she also knew who had the power over sickness and disease. And so did these lepers. Jesus has authority to heal sickness and disease. When it comes to healing, what we believe about Jesus and His authority is important. It is critical to receiving the healing promises of God.
Friend, do you need healing in your body? Is there sickness and illness that is causing you great physical pain? The truth is, God desires to make us whole not only physically, but spiritually as well and His greatest purpose is our salvation over physical healing. Jesus does heal today just like He did then with the lepers. But His better purpose is that our sin would be forgiven and we would have a right relationship with God. I ask you to spend some time in meditation. Are there instructions that the Lord has given you that you need to step out in faith and obey so that you can truly be made whole? Do you have an attitude of entitlement when it comes to God that needs to be dealt with or are you truly grateful for every breath He allows you to take? Do you need healing today? Then you need to pray and seek the Lord for your healing. Take heed of what God’s Word says about healing and open your heart to allow God’s touch to heal you. (Study Luke Chapter 17 and James Chapter 5)