Jesus Heals ©

Thirty-eight years he struggled with illness, suffering day in and day out. He longed for a miracle, for healing so he wouldn’t continue to be an outcast in society. Tired of being lonely but unsure of what may lie ahead. He sat on a mat by the pool of Bethseda. There was no one to carry him and place him in the waters. He waited and waited for days, months, even years, but to no avail.

The pool had healing qualities whenever the waters were stirred. People were placed in the waters and were healed. Bethseda literally means a place of outpouring or a house of grace and mercy. This pool happened to be near the Sheep Gate where sheep were taken out and sacrificed for atonement.

One day Jesus came and saw the man and asked him if he wanted to be healed. He was quick to say yes. So, Jesus just told the man to stand up and carry his mat. This man had not been able to walk before but he was told to get up and walk. Jesus didn’t see the man until later as Jesus slipped away within the crowds. Jesus forgave the man of his sins and told him to sin no more.

I find this story amazing not just because the man was healed but the significance of the two places where the healing too place. First of all, the man would have been an outcast. No one would have wanted to touch him as he was infirm. People easily walked past him worrying about themselves and their own loved ones, they didn’t take time to notice him. But Jesus stopped and talked to him. Jesus was always talking to the outcast and those no one else seemed to care about.

Jesus, the Son of God, talked to the man and told him to take up his mat and walk. Here is the man at the pool where there is an outpouring of grace and mercy. Here is Jesus who is grace and mercy. He was near the Sheep Gate where we discovered earlier that sheep were taken out to be sacrificed. Jesus is the Lamb of God, spotless and pure, who gave His life for us as a sacrifice of love, grace and mercy. Do you see where I am going with this? I think it is amazing that at such a place of tender reminders of God’s love and forgiveness and healing, the man didn’t need the waters, the man didn’t need a sacrifice, he needed Jesus and Jesus gave His love to him.

Whatever you are going through today, what is keeping you for receiving that healing, mercy, and grace? Are you waiting for someone else to pull you through and carry you to the healing waters? Are you sitting day in and day out hoping that someone will care and feeling like an outcast?

I believe that yes Jesus physically heals and He can heal me and you if He so desires. But I think the most amazing healing is not just the physical healing. It’s the healing of the heart, soul and mind. Our physical bodies live in a sinful world, but when we go to heaven, we will receive a new body with no pain, no tears and no sorrow.

Jesus asks us, do we want to be healed? His love is like the pool of Bethseda bubbling up with new life and healing. Jesus is mercy and grace. Jesus is the perfect Lamb of God. Come to Him for that pure healing that only Jesus can give.

I am running to Jesus. I am running to Him for healing: deep, cleansing healing. I am running to him for his grace, mercy, and love. I am trusting. I am reaching out. I believe Jesus heals and I want to be healed. What about you?


Fed Up ©

I wonder if I am the only one that feels this way:

Frustrated and angry about the injustices of this world.

Why do so many suffer violence and rape,

Being sold into sexual slavery

While sex and crime are rampant on our TVs?

Why do children starve to death

While we have more than enough food to eat?

Why do workers in the field have to be paid pittance

Whilst we aren’t willing to do that kind of labor

But get paid much more for sitting in an office?

Why should thousands be dying and going to hell

While we are complaining about what music

We should sing or what time the service will end?

Why is that Jesus said ‘If you do it to the least of these’,

The least of these aren’t good enough

Because they are not like us?

How is it that we can say we love our neighbor but

Sit comfortably in our pews gossiping about them?

Why is it that if one preaches fundamental truths from God’s Word,

We reject them because they offend?

Then again, why is it so many preach

Sugar-coated sermons, tickling ears

While the people are spiritually dead?

How can we say we love God but

Don’t care about preserving His creation?

Why can’t we believe that the power of Jesus

Can do miracles, heal, and set prisoners free,

But we can believe the rubbish in our newspapers and magazines?

Where has our faith gone?

When will God’s people stand up and fight?

When will we let God be in control

Instead of us controlling Him?

When will the world see Jesus living in you and me?

I am fed up!

Are you fed up?

Let’s do something about it!


I am going public!

I am determined!

This means war!

Souls need salvation.

The saved need power.

The powered need discipling.

The discipled need armor.

The armored need to battle.

God’s people need to stop hiding,

Stop being like the world, and


Feed on His Word,

Drink of His presence

And live daily in prayer.

Then and only then

Can the injustices of this world be tackled

By believers who love God

And live their faith out loud daily!


My Dream ©

I dream of a church that is

In one accord, united in the Holy Spirit.

A church not willing to compromise with the world,

But willing to be bold as Peter

Was on the day of Pentecost.


I dream of a church where pastors

Are radical, on fire for Jesus.

Not trying to please man

Or worry about rank or status.

Ministers who are true to their calling

To go for souls and go for the worst.


I dream of a church where members

Can stand up and fight

And come alongside together

To wage war against sin and shame.

Nothing can hold them back

Because they have power in Jesus name!


I dream of a church who is so in love with Jesus

Willing to forsake the things of the world

And walk united as the Bride of Christ.

A church that is a force to be reckoned with

That makes demons flee.


I dream of a church that God is our priority

Not money or fame,

or worried about ourselves and our image,

That when we share a cup of cold water,

Others will see the Gospel living in us

So, the whosoever no matter their position,

Will be won to the Kingdom.


I dream of the Church, God’s holy people,

Being a redeemed, restored, and radical people

On fire for Jesus

From hell’s fury to Holy Spirit flames.

For this, I give my life

And I am not ashamed

I want to see the captives set free

And men completely saved.

God gave me these words years ago and after the recent shootings which resulted in panic, suffering, and deaths, we all need to hear these words today…
A Note to My Children:
I have seen your suffering.
I am your comfort.
I am your strength.
Trust me.
The future may look bleak.
Everything may seem uncertain.
But, I am still on the throne.
I am still in control.
I am the same today as yesterday and forevermore.
Fear not for I am with you.
I am the shade of your right hand.
I have heard the cries of my people….
Yet, if you humble yourselves and turn
From your wicked ways, then I will hear
From heaven and heal your land.
I have not deserted you.
You are my people
And I am your God!
You are a chosen people,
A royal priesthood, a holy nation,
A people belonging to me
That you may declare the praises of Him
Who called you out of darkness
Into His marvelous light.
Remain faithful.
Stand firm.
Put on the whole armor of God…
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood,
But against the rulers,
Against the authorities,
Against the powers of this dark world
And against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
In the midst of the pain,
Be strong and of great courage.
I will never leave nor forsake you.
Be still and know that I am God.
When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
And when you pass through the rivers,
They will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
You will not be burned;
The flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the Lord, your God,
The Holy One of Israel, your Saviour.
Neither death nor life,
Neither angels nor demons,
Neither the present nor the future,
Nor any powers,
Neither height nor depth,
Nor anything else in all creation,
Will be able to separate you from My love.
Cast all your cares upon me, for I care for you.
I love you.
I will never forget you.
See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands;
Those who hope in me will not be disappointed.
Love, Your Heavenly Father God
(Scriptures taken from many books in the Bible)

The Unheard Voices ©

She says that she is okay,

But look deeper and you will see her pain.

She cannot speak out,

She is too afraid.

Her body broken and bruised,

From beatings and starvation.

Hour by hour she must perform

Give herself away to different men.

She was promised a better life,

But her dreams were crushed by blow after blow.

She is crying out for someone to rescue her,

She is hurting, and need of love.


He was born into this world already condemned.

His mother died in childbirth,

Her disease plagued him.

Day and day out he struggles to stay alive.

He needs medicine, but there is no one to help him.

He is an outcast,

His body ravaged with HIV.

He is reaching out, holding on to every breath.

He is hurting, and need of love.


The news doesn’t cover it,

Why should the government care?

Thousands are being murdered

Just because of who they are.

Children are starving,

Mothers are dying,

Fathers are fighting,

When will it stop?

War rages on, while the world looks on,

They would cry out, but few even listen,

They need us, they need love.


Can we hear their cries,

The ones without a voice?

Will we stand and just watch

Or will we get involved?

We can make a difference.

Speak out against injustice,

Spread the word,

Pray for the hurting,

Share the love of Jesus,

To a world that is hurting, lonely, and afraid,

A world in need of a Saviour.

One who will heal the brokenhearted,

Proclaim liberty to the captives,

And open the prison to those who are bound.

To console those who mourn,

Give them beauty for ashes,

The oil of joy for mourning,

And the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.

Wonderfully and Marvelously Made!  

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. -Psalm 139:13-16 ESV
Everyone on this earth was formed and fashioned within the womb by God’s hands. He created each of us in His image. It doesn’t matter what race, religion, or culture we come from; we were all created by God. He gave us the choice to live for Him or turn away. Sometimes we don’t think this way. We look at others with contempt and with hatred. But God loves each person as His own because He knitted each of us within our mother’s womb.
We are valued, loved, special and wonderful. If we can but see other people as God sees them, what a difference it would make in this world! People have lost their hope because they don’t feel loved or valued. When asked, most people would say that they are not worth anything. They are searching for meaning, hope, peace.
God sent hope and peace through His Son Jesus Christ. He was formed in fashioned in the womb as well with God’s hand upon Him. He was knitted the same way we were within the womb. His days were recorded in God’s book just like ours are. I am amazed at the fact that Jesus came to earth this way. Yes, the angels sang the night that Jesus was born. But you know what, I believe angels sang the day we were born as well.
It grieves my heart knowing how many people don’t see how valuable they are to God. It grieves me to see how badly humans treat each other and their own selves. If only we would see each other as we truly are, wonderfully and marvelously made, what a difference I think it would make. If only we can see Christ as our hope, our joy, our peace.
But you say, I was not wanted as a child, praise the Lord you were born and not aborted. You say, I have been rejected all my life and no one wants me. Jesus loves you, and there are people around you right now that love you. You say I have done so many wrong things, God could never love me. Nothing can separate us from the love of God. He is there with open arms to welcome and accept you. You say you don’t understand.
Let me tell you, I know from experience the pain of rejection, the pain of not being wanted! But I also have experienced the healing love of Christ in my life and I know without a shadow of a doubt that He is with me and has always been. I know that He was there the day I was born rejoicing. I know that I am fearfully and wonderfully made, and I marvel at that!
I praise the Lord for this and I pray that others would realize how precious they are to God. I also pray that we would love others the same way, no matter what they look like, no matter what they believe. Let us love them, let us see them as God sees them and instead of bashing them, let us lift them up in prayer. I pray that we would encourage each other and accept each other in love. Until we do, people will still be lost without hope. Let them see in us Christ who was fearfully and wonderfully made just like you and me.

Friend of Outcasts © 

Mark 1:40-2:17

“Unclean, unclean!” the man shouted, and everyone scattered to avoid contact with the leper- everyone except Jesus.  We don’t see a lot of lepers today, but we have a similar reaction to people.  They come in different shapes and sizes.  Think over the past few weeks, has there been anyone who has made you uncomfortable.  What was your reaction to them and why?

The religious wisdom of Jesus’ day demanded that a holy man keep away from various social outcasts, for example, lepers and “sinners”.  So Jesus was bound to encounter resistance as He openly welcomed them. What did Jesus do, and what can it teach us?

There are three stories that is within the Scriptures I am going to share with you.  Let’s take a quick look at each one to get an overall view of the way that Jesus encountered the “unlovable”. The first story is about a leper who desires healing from Jesus.  He begged Jesus on his knees to be healed.  Leviticus 13:45-46 states that a leper “must wear torn clothes, let his hair be unkempt, cover the lower part of his face and cry out, unclean!  Unclean!”  As long as the person had the infection, he had to do this.  He was a social outcast.  Can you imagine what the people felt psychologically?  More than likely he felt alone, shunned, and hurt.  No one could go near him because they would be considered unclean and he had to live separately from everyone else until the infection was gone.  The leper overcame several risks coming to Jesus that day.  Firstly, he risked being in a crowd.  Because he was supposed to be away in seclusion, he shouldn’t have been in the crowd.  Secondly he walked up to Jesus with a glimmer of hope, but was a bit unsure.  The risk was actually going up to Jesus and being cast out again and mocked by those around him.  He had uncertainty in his voice when asking Jesus for healing; he states, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.” He was scared because he knew if Jesus touched him, He could “catch” the leprosy.

Jesus took risks as well though in His encounter with this man.  He risked being unclean by Levitical law.  If He were to touch the man, He could be considered unclean.  The interesting part of this was that Jesus did not become an outcast by touching Him and contracting the infection.  He became an outcast when the healed leper went and told people what Jesus had done, even when Jesus told him to go to the priest first to be cleansed (Levitical law says they have to present themselves to the priest and be cleansed before going back into society once the infection is gone).  Jesus responded to the leper’s complete needs and made him whole.  Jesus touched him, this man probably had not been touched or hugged in a long time.  Jesus healed him, took the infection away.  Jesus then gave the man freedom, freedom from leprosy, freedom from being an outcast and freedom to be himself again.  Jesus made the man clean since the leprosy left him.  Jesus dealt with the whole person.

Our next scene goes to Capernaum where friends lowered a paralytic down from the roof.  We have heard this story since we were children. Jesus first forgave the men of his sins.  This was more than likely a shock to the paralytic.  Especially seeing that his friends did all this work to bring him to Jesus for healing.  The paralytic may also be wondering how did Jesus know about his sins.  Was it sin that caused his paralysis?  It also sparked a lot of murmuring between the teachers of the law. The teachers started asking who can forgive sins other than God?  Jesus knew what was being said and therefore he asked them a question before saying “you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” He healed the paralytic and told him to pick up his mat and walk.  Jesus showed the teachers and those around them physical proof that He is indeed the Son of God and the power of God was within Him.  The people responded by praising God saying “we have never seen anything like this!”

From Capernaum, Jesus goes by the lake and sees Levi, (Matthew) a tax collector and asked him to follow Him.  Jesus then went to Levi’s house for tea with many “sinners”.  The Pharisees did not understand this because they would not even associate themselves with tax collectors or “sinners”.  They judged people according to their laws, not by grace.  Jesus however, embraced the “sinners” and showed the Pharisees that He loved everyone. Jesus told the Pharisees that He was like a doctor that came to heal the sick not the well.  He was here for the sinners not the righteous.  He was in fact telling them that He was the healer of sickness and relationships.

Jesus teaches us that we need to love and accept others no matter who they are, what they look like, etc.  Jesus was always filled with compassion for the whosoever, with no prerequisites.  Compassion is not judgemental, nor is it self-seeking.  The Pharisees were very judgemental.  They always looked at the outer person, and not at the person as a whole.

The paralytic’s friends showed compassion.  We can learn to pray for others, being there for them and never giving up, and doing whatever it takes to make sure that they are healed and taken care of.  Have we been that kind of a friend to someone lately?

Sometimes it is very hard to love the “unlovable”.  How can we reach out to those people?  We need to pray for them, and for our attitudes towards them. We need to see the person as a whole, not just what’s on the outside.  The leper may have been ugly to look at with his skin infection, however, he was a man who longed to be accepted and loved on the inside.  Ask God to help us to look at the whole person, not just what is visible.  Remember that healing is not just physical healing, healing involves us psychologically, socially, emotionally, and physically.  So when we pray for healing for someone, albeit from alcoholism, cancer, anything, we need to pray for them as a whole.  Jesus came for the whole person, accepted people for who they were, and He asks us to do the same.  Let’s not be like the Pharisees and judge people according to our rules, or start gossiping about them.  Everyone was created by God in His image.  May He help us to remember that.

Who are the unlovables in our lives?  How can we reach out to them physically, socially, mentally and spiritually?  May we be more like Jesus in our relationships, with everyone we meet. God bless you.