The Gifts Part 18
I realize full well that some might not realize the importance of having a clear conscience before God, the importance of confessing one’s transgressions, of coming before the heavenly Father in humility and letting Him heal our hearts, and our inner being, and I am also well aware that some might even scoff at the idea of being so open and transparent before God wherein we tell Him everything, from our hurts, to our worries, to our doubts, to our shortcomings, and to our hopes.
If it is any comfort, let me be the first to inform you that nothing you say will surprise God, nothing you bring before the heavenly throne will cause God to raise his eyebrows in amazement, because He already knows everything, your entire life, from the first breath you breathed to the last breath that you will breathe.
Few receive healing today because many choose to be dishonest with God, they choose to present themselves as some spiritual juggernauts, some master theologians, some valiant prayer warriors who have perpetually kept the faith and went beyond the call of duty consistently, dismissing the fact that God knows them wholly and completely to their inner depth, and that He blesses those in whom there is no guile.
Be honest with God, be forthright with God, do not attempt to be sly or sneaky or deceitful because no man has ever pulled it off, and no man will ever pull it off. He is omniscient, meaning all knowing, meaning that nothing is hid from His all seeing eye.
God forgives, God pardons, God heals, God restores, if we come humbly before Him, and acknowledge and confess our transgressions. When we refuse to do this, when we refuse to humble ourselves and come before Him as we are and not as we pretend to be, His hand will be heavy upon us, and our bones will grow old.
Psalm 32:3-5, “When I kept silent, my bones grew old through my groaning all day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was turned into the drought of summer. I acknowledged my sin to You and my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.’ And you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah”
So what does any of this have to do with healing or the gifts of healings? What possible correlation could there be between keeping silent and not confessing one’s transgressions and not receiving healing?
Jeremiah 5:25, “Your iniquities have turned these things away, and your sins have withheld good things from you.”
The things of which this passage speaks are the blessings of God, the favor of God, the healing of God, and various other things that we would perceive as being good. It is sin that withholds good things from us, and sin likewise withholds healing from many a soul unwilling to humble themselves in the sight of God.
As children of God, as followers of Christ we should never condone or attempt to excuse sin in our lives. It is a slippery slope when we begin to justify rather than remedy that leads further and further away from truth, from light, and from Christ Himself. There are only two things that should be done about sin in our lives and those are confess it and forsake it. Nothing can take the place of these two important aspects of our Christian walk, the confessing of and forsaking of those things that hold us back, and that keep us from the knowledge of the fullness of our God, and all that He can do in us and through us.
Until he confessed his transgression to the Lord, until he acknowledged his sin to God, David says that his bones grew old, and his vitality turned into the drought of summer. His transgressing before a holy God caused him to groan all day long, until he unburdened himself, until he came before God and confessed His sins, and God forgave him.
When we confess before God, when we approach Him in humility and acknowledge our transgression, He will be faithful and just to forgive us our trespasses and restore us. He will not turn us away, He will never say ‘I will not forgive you though you confessed and repented’ because He is a good and merciful God who desires a relationship with His children, and who desires to reveal Himself to them more fully.
If I could get one person to understand the following in all its beauty, then I would feel as though my labor is not in vain and that I have truly achieved something. No matter what you have to forsake, no matter what you have to unburden yourself of, no matter what you have to do away with in your life in order to know more of God, it is worth it. No matter how you analyze it, no matter how you stack it up, each and every time you forsake something of this world for something of God, that which God gives you exceeds that which you forsook in every possible way.
Psalm 32:6-8, “For this cause everyone who is godly shall pray to You in a time when You may be found; surely in a flood of great waters they shall not come near him. You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.”
What could be more precious than being instructed and taught in the way you should go by God? What could be more comforting than knowing that He is guiding you with His eye? What could be more reassuring than knowing that in a flood of great waters they will not come near you, that God is your hiding place, and that He will preserve you from trouble?
Is there anything in this present life that could possibly compare to these things?
Whoever this was for, please do not take it lightly.
With love in Christ,
michael Boldea Jr.