Relationship with Jesus
Matthew 9:12-13…………When Jesus heard this, he said, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor–sick people do.”
But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
When a person is shown love, their sins are covered because of love. Sacrifice always points out the sin. Love covers the sin. To say, ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice,’ is to say that you prefer forgiveness over accusation.
Who knows we as believers (Christians) are daily, minute by minute in “spiritual warfare”?
SPIRITUAL WARFARE IS NOTHING LIKE NATURAL WARFARE BECAUSE IN SPIRITUAL WARFARE WE FIGHT AGAINST AN ENEMY WE CAN’T SEE-
Eph 6:1….” For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies (so people are not the source of our battles), but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.”
So since we’re fighting against an enemy we cannot see- we get wounded in areas we cannot see externally but those wounds are VERY DEEP and they tend to interfere with our relationships.
WHAT AND WHERE ARE THOSE WOUNDS?
Genesis 3:14-15…… The LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, Cursed are you more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you will go, And dust you will eat All the days of your life;
I will make you and the woman hostile toward each other. I will make your descendants and her descendant hostile toward each other. He will crush your head, and you will bruise her (both the woman and the church) heel.”
“HEAL BRUISES” are deep emotional wounds we receive from our spiritual enemy through people that generally nobody else can see but we know they’re there because they cause us problems in our relationships. We know they’re there because “HEAL BRUISES” cause us to “LIMP” through life never really getting healed emotionally. And so we begin to carry “EMOTIONAL BAGGAGE”.
I was speaking with a good friend of mine the other day and he said to me listen, I found out that my wife of 12 years started sleeping with other men six months after we were married. But I made a commitment to stay with her because she got pregnant with my son and because my other son was murdered. She continued sleeping with other men up until almost two years ago and I counted a total of probably 16 to 18 men she’s slept with. But I can be sitting in service trying to receive a comforting word from the Lord and while I’m sitting there trying to hear, the devil will come to me and start speaking to me and reminding me of stuff and I can’t even hear what the preacher is saying……
SOME OF YOU HAVE THAT SAME TYPE OF BAGGAGE TODAY!
Just like the One who was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”
We keep coming back to the church in the same sick condition, sick for years, waiting………
But remember what Jesus asked that brother……DO YOU REALLY WANT TO BE HEALED????
Well what exactly was Jesus looking for? For that sick brother to acknowledge through confession his sick condition.
DO YOU WANT TO GET WELL? To Be Continued…… 🙂
Relationship with Jesus Do you really want to get well