When is the last time you had a broken wing?
may we receive all the healing and freedom He has for us.
It’s such a simple and miraculous truth, yet how few of us actually embrace and venture down the path to healing Jesus has for each of us.
Could it be that Jesus’ healing of a vast variety of seen physical ailments during His time on earth was a mirror of all the unseen wounds we carry — emotionally, relationally, and spiritually — that He longs to heal deep within in us?
I love the story of Bartimaeus. Before telling us his name, the account in Mark tells us the description by which he was known by:
a blind man
Then we are introduced to what he does:
sitting by the roadside begging
Bartimaeus sat outside of Jericho begging — asking travelers leaving the city to help him out with food, money, whatever they were willing to give.
But today, it wasn’t just any traveler passing by; it was Jesus, His disciples, and followers leaving the city.
When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”
So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.
“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him.
The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”
“Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road. – Mark 10:47-52
Notice the question that preceded almost every healing Jesus performed during His time on earth:
“What do you want me to do for you?”
Bartimaeus’ physical blindness, and for that matter our emotional, relational, and spiritual wounds, are obvious to Jesus. . .
and yet He waits . . .
for us to acknowledge our brokenness and our need for healing.
Do you have a broken wing?
What pathway to healing has Jesus been directing you towards?
- Asking a trusted friend to come alongside you and pray with you
- Going to a Christian counselor
- Setting up an appointment with a pastor or elder at your church
- Asking your church’s prayer team to pray with you
- Going through Beth Moore’s Breaking Free material (book, study cds)
- Praying through the verses in Beth Moore’s Praying God’s Word: Breaking Free from Spiritual Strongholds
- Visiting the Ultimate Journey’s website and praying about going through the three phases of study
What do you want Jesus to do for you?
He upholds the cause of the oppressed
and gives food to the hungry.
The LORD sets prisoners free,
the LORD gives sight to the blind,
the LORD lifts up those who are bowed down,
the LORD loves the righteous.
He heals the brokenhearted
and binds up their wounds. – Ps 146:7-8; 147:3
The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes,
the oil of joy instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor. – Is 61:1-3
For more on this topic, read Dr. Angela Bisignano’s post Healing is Empowering
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