Updated: Nov 15, 2019
"He heals the broken-hearted and binds their wounds" Psalm 147:3
Many people want external manifestation, but do no want to do the work needed to get there. It is because the process can be painful and time-consuming.
We live in a world where instant gratification is needed to feed our appetite and our ego.
Nevertheless, external manifestation can not happen without internal restoration.
God works from the inside-out. Jesus had raised the dead, cast out demons, and healed the sick. But there was this one particular man that Jesus healed.
Have you heard the story where Jesus forgave and healed the paralyzed man?
One day Jesus was teaching in this home and many people traveled from different villages to see Jesus. You see news travels fast when people see miracles are happening!
While Jesus was teaching, some men brought in a paralyzed man on a mat. But the crowd made it difficult for them to bring him to Jesus to be healed.
So what did they decide to do? They decided to climb up the roof and lower this man through the tiles of the house. They lowered him right in the middle of the crowd in front of Jesus!
Jesus saw how faithful they were and said, "Friend, your sins are forgiven" Luke 5:17.
Did you think Jesus words were going to be walk you are healed? Well, there is more to this story!
The Pharisees and teachers of the laws were in disbelief and thought how can this man forgive sins.
Jesus turned to them and said, "Why are you thinking these things in your hearts. Which is easier to say Your sins are forgiven or to say Get up and walk" Luke 5:22-23.
Many might say it is easier to say "Your sins are forgiven". For God, both tasks are easy to do.
Nevertheless, for many of us we would prefer God to say "Get up and walk" for the outward healing than go through the internal healing needed to be fully restored.
That is why our ways are not God's ways and God's thoughts are higher than our thoughts. Neither of those tasks can be done without the Holy Spirit.
God healed this man from inside-out. What good would it be for this man to be healed on the outside, but still be unchanged on the inside.
The same thing applies to us. True change starts with internal restoration.
Many of us have experienced traumas that may have left us broken-hearted, emotionally unavailable, and/or mentally exhausted.
When I was a child, due to unfortunate circumstances, we lived in a battered women's shelter.
Several of the women were in hiding from their abusive boyfriends and husbands.
It was a difficult transition from going from a two-parent household to being raised solely by my mother.
Although, she tried her very best and sacrificed for us, I couldn't help but feel angry and abandoned by my father.
As a child, I couldn't understand why my father never looked for us.
Years later, my parents reconciled, but that feeling of abandonment and rejection was still there. You see things completely shifted after that.
My dad is physically present in my life, but has never been there emotionally for me. Even his physical presence is scarce.
For a long time, it used to break me and I used to question does my father even love me.
Even the mention of my father's name would have me breaking down in tears and take me back to that little girl who just wanted her father.
Due to my unresolved abandonment and rejection issues, I was looking for love all in the wrong places.
I needed healing. I needed restoration. I needed God.
See the word tells us "God is the father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling" Psalm 68:5.
I came to the realization that I am not abandoned and I am not rejected, because my heavenly Father loves me unconditionally.
My heavenly Father is with me. If he is for me, who can be against me.
I had to give my broken heart for God to heal. I had to allow God to strip away the bitterness and replace it with forgiveness.
I had to allow God to strip away the spirit of rejection and replace it with acceptance.
I had to allow God to strip away the feeling of abandonment and replace it with adoption.
"And, I will be a Father to you and you will be my sons and daughters, say the Lord Almighty" 2 Corinthians 6:18.
By me making this choice for internal restoration, external manifestation occurred.
I am no longer a captive of my emotions. I no longer cry over my relationship with my father.
Although, our relationship is still a work in progress, I reach out to my father more often than I used to.
At the end of day, my father is not a perfect person. None of us are. But I know God healing my heart is not just for myself.
The external manifestations are going to be a shift in my family and for others who hear this story.
God forgave the paralyzed man and told him to get up, take your mat, and go home.
You see the mat was a representation of what that man was restored from and he needed to go back to the place where people knew who he was to see who he became.
For this very reason is why internal restoration is required for external manifestation.
Our healing is not just for us. It is for us to be a walking witness of God's faithfulness and unfailing love.
Thank you heavenly Father for your unfailing love. According to your word, though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, your unfailing love for us will not be shaken nor your covenant of peace be removed.
Lord I pray over the those who are in pain. Those who feel rejected. Those who feel abandoned.
You came to heal the broken-hearted and bind wounds. Lord I ask you to meet them where they are.
Lord I ask you to heal them and let them feel your presence. Let them feel your peace that transcends all understanding.
Let them be able to pick up their mat and walk. I thank you Lord and give you all the glory. In Jesus Name!