Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2014 - Day 340
Devotional Song: Go to this link … Please take the time to take in the lyrics with the Heritage Singers singing The Gaither classic, He Touched Me, … reminding all Christians of the power of God to heal and restore the brokenness of any believer
Highlight Passage #1 - NKJV 2nd Kings 5: 14-15a … God’s healing powers - the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow … from the witness of one God healed as a witness of the healing powers of our God …
14 So he [Naaman] went down and dipped seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God [Elisha]; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean. 15 And he returned to the man of God, he and all his aides, and came and stood before him; and he said, “Indeed, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, except in Israel; …
Highlight Context - 2nd Kings 5: 1-15 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK … Humility and repentance are healers
Reference Passage #1 - Matthew 6: 33-34 [NKJV] … Jesus: Our humble focus should always be on our ever constant, never changing, God …
33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Reference Passage #2 - NKJV Hebrews 13: 8 … Neither God, nor His healing powers every change …
8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Reference Passage #3 - James 5: 13-16 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK … God’s healing can be activated by a believer’s faith and God’s will
My Journal for Today: Today’s Our Daily Bread devotional entry, authored by Jennifer Benson Schuldt, used the wonderful story of the healing of Naaman, the leprous warrior in 2nd Kings 5 (see above links/copies) to illustrate how God’s healing powers come first to those who’ve humbled themselves to receive God’s healing grace. And as we also see in the New Testament, from Hebrews 13: 5 and James 5: 11-13, God’s power to bring healing is the same today as it was for Elisha praying for Naaman’s healing or a man of God today praying on behalf of one who needs healing today.
How God heals and when God heals is totally up to God. But God is God … the same God as He was when He healed Naaman; and He’s the same God you can go to now and humbly have the Elders of your church pray for your healing, restoration, or renewal TODAY. But if we cannot - or will not - humble ourselves to even ask for God’s healing, how can we ever expect our God to exercise His healing grace for ourselves or for others.
My Prayer for Today … Lord, … Even today I pray for healing for a brother in Christ who needs Your restoring touch. You know Him, Lord, and You can heal him for Your glory. I pray You will do so for this brother. Amen
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