by Rev. Fr. V.V. Paulose, Toronto, Canada
ďI will give you back your health and heal your wounds, says the Lord." (Jeremiah 30:17)
Jesus heals all diseases even cancer. We need proper treatment and prayer, however. Give access for every one to get it. This is the responsibility of Christians. Jesus is faithful yesterday, today and tomorrow. He healed every kind of disease and illness. (Mathew 4:23) The same Jesus, in spirit, abides in us.
Any one, at any time, can get sick. Jesus will intervene in our needs. We have to receive the divine healings from him.
How do we get it?
1: Our god is merciful. "The lord is good; his mercy is ever lasting." (Psalm 103:8).
2: God does have the power to heal you. "For God, nothing is impossible." (Luke 1:37).
3: He does not change. "For I am the lord, I donít change." (Malachi 3:6).
4: He wants to heal you. "Jesus healed them all." (Mathew 12:15)
5: Jesus will anoint you with his power to heal. "He gave them power and authority over all demons and diseases." (Luke 9:1)
6: The power of prayer. "Is anyone among you suffering? Let them pray." (James 5:13).
7: Faith and belief that God can heal you. ď Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well." (Mathew 9:21)
8: Hindrance to receive healings. "If you do not forgive, neither will your father in heaven forgive your trespasses." (Mark 11:25)
9: Psychological factors. "A sound heart is life to the body, but envy is rottenness to the bones" (Proverbs 14:30).
10: Gluttony, "Have you found honey? Eat only as much as you need, lest you be filled with it and vomit," (Proverbs 25:16)
11: Jesus is still Sovereign in all his ways. "I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth." (Mathew 28:18).
Desmond Tutu, called South Africaís Martin Luther King Jr., was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1997. According to WHO, survival time for prostate cancer is a maximum of 10 years. But he still lives. When some one asked about his health, Tutu chuckled, "There is life after cancer." He continued, "The only way to deal with all the prayers is to get him well."
He didnít bargain with God for more time. His illness gave him a new appreciation for life. Of his cancer, he said, "It helps to concentrate your mind. There is not enough time to be nasty. Things that you have taken for granted - the love of your family and friends, lovely moments with your grand children, the beauty of Godís creation, the flowers - they are the same things you saw yesterday, but now they have a different intensity. There comes the time when your relationship with God becomes much clear. Every thing is a gift. Life is a gift.
Jesus, The greatest healer, heals all the sick. Let every one of us get the facility of quality treatment, and love, care, and prayers of faithful. We ask this in the name of Jesus.
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