Tag Archive | Healing

Spiritual Blindness:

John 9:1-6  Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind

As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”

“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him. As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

After saying this, he spit on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes. “Go,” he told him, “wash in the Pool of Siloam” (this word means “Sent”). So the man went and washed, and came home seeing.

This is such a great story of Jesus healing a man born blind.

First, Jesus sees the man.

Then, we are presented with the disciple’s question of whether this man was born blind because of his parents, or because of his own sins?

I love the answer Jesus gives, that this man has been born blind so that the works of God might be displayed in him.

In an unconventional way, the blind man is healed. Jesus spits on the ground, makes mud with His saliva, and puts it on the man’s eyes! Jesus tells the man to go and wash in the Pool of Siloam.

The man does as Jesus says, and goes home seeing!

This isn’t the end of the story, because it also happened on the Sabbath. When religious leaders find out that the man who was blind from birth can see, they are angry. They go as far as to say that Jesus can’t be from God, because He didn’t keep the Sabbath.

The religious leaders exasperate the man who was healed, and interrogate him, and hurl insults at him. Finally the man who can now see, sensationally refutes the Pharisees.

The man answered, “Now that is remarkable! You don’t know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes. 31 We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does his will. 32 Nobody has ever heard of opening the eyes of a man born blind. 33 If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.”

34 To this they replied, “You were steeped in sin at birth; how dare you lecture us!” And they threw him out.

I am reminded of “Spiritual Blindness”. — Many people refuse to believe, though they have been presented with the evidence.

I pray, Dear God, that we would be men and women of faith, and that we would shine with Your light in this world. Help us to see the needs of others, and help them. I am so thankful for Your willingness to die on our behalf. You died for us while we were yet sinners, and spiritually blind. Open our eyes to the truth, and keep us from being deceived. I pray for workers for the harvest. In the name of Jesus. Amen.



Then Peter, Filled with the Holy Spirit:


I am inspired to read the accounts of the early church in Acts 3 and 4. Peter and John give an account of what happened at the temple in Jerusalem, one day:

Peter and John go to the temple at three in the afternoon, and come upon a lame beggar, who is asking for money at the temple gates.

With the power of God in him, Peter heals the lame man. It is interesting to note that this is what he tells the beggar:

Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.”

This is followed by Peter’s action:

Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong.

This is followed by the lame man’s action:

He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God.

The people who witnessed this event also reacted to it.

10 they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.

From that point, a lot of things happen. Peter is able to explain that it wasn’t his power that healed the lame man, but that it was by the power of Christ, who they put to death, but Who God raised from the dead.

The temple leaders, the Sadducees, had Peter and John thrown in jail, but many men believed what the two had spoken, and they were counted with the five thousand Christians who believed in Jesus.

Here is the amazing response Peter gives to the leaders and rulers of Jerusalem, when he is given the opportunity to speak:

Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people! If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed,10 then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead,that this man stands before you healed. 11 Jesus is

“‘the stone you builders rejected,
    which has become the cornerstone.’

12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

This story is helpful to us as Christians, today!

The leaders realize that Peter and John are unschooled, ordinary men.

13 When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.

The man who was healed is standing before them, and the rulers are undecided of what to do with Peter and John.

They decide to release them with the warning not to speak to anyone about Jesus:

17 But to stop this thing from spreading any further among the people, we must warn them to speak no longer to anyone in this name.”

Peter and John truthfully tell the leaders that they cannot do that:

18 Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! 20 As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”

21 After further threats they let them go. They could not decide how to punish them, because all the people were praising God for what had happened. 22 For the man who was miraculously healed was over forty years old.

I really love the response from Peter, that we need to do what is right in God’s eyes, and listen to Him. I also love how he states that they cannot help speaking about what they have seen and heard.

Dear God, help us to put these words in our hearts. Help us to be so close to You, that we cannot help speaking of what we have seen, read, and heard. I pray that we would have Your power in us to make a difference in this world, and that we would obey You, and listen to You, and do what is right. Keep us from temptation, deliver us from evil, and help us to be good ambassadors, proclaiming Your glory! In the name of Jesus, Amen.


Lepers and Outcasts:

When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?”

Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosyare cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.”  Matthew 11:2-6

Physical leprosy is a disease that affects the nerve endings in the body. One ceases to feel the sensation of hot or cold, or of pain. Eyesight can be affected. Limbs can be damaged by cuts and burns. Nasal passages affected with the disease make it difficult to breathe. More complications can make life very miserable for the person who suffers from leprosy.

This disease still prevails in the world, today.

Lepers were contagious, and they would be separated from their communities and families.

If lepers saw a person, they had to cry out, “unclean” in order to warn people of their condition, during Jesus’s time.

For a person to get leprosy, it pretty much ruined their whole life, physically and socially.

The only hope for them was to hear that Jesus cleansed lepers! This truly was a miracle! People had their lives restored when Jesus cleansed them of this disease.

The meaning of leprosy has changed to include this definition:   ‘a person who has been rejected or ostracized for unacceptable behavior, opinions, character, or the like; anathema; outcast.’

Many of us have become spiritual outcasts of the world, put into this category of lepers.

Don’t be disheartened. Jesus was hated and ostracized, though He was perfect in every way.

If you are doing righteous things as the world is turning its back on Jesus, don’t lose hope if you don’t fit in!

John 15:18 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.

No matter what kind of leper there is, Jesus is the answer, You need look no further.

Dear Lord, You cleansed lepers, and set captives free. Once You cleanse a person, they are truly clean, inside and out. Help me to remember this. You have already reminded us that our hope is not in this world, it is in You alone. Thank You!


Look for the Miracles

I read an article in our local newspaper, Shoshone News Press. It was in a special section created by their advertising department. The article was titled, “Believe in Miracles’, by Sheree DiBiase, PT.

Here is an excerpt:

    As you start this crazy, wild holiday season, I would challenge you to look for the miracles all around you everyday. I know sometimes it doesn’t seem possible or probable, but I am here to tell you they happen. We see them in our clinic all the time. Like the man whose lower leg was shattered and they said he would never use it again, and now he climbs ladders with no brace and works like a wild man. Like the lady whose family thought she would never wake up after having a terrible stroke, and now the snowshoes and hikes with her family. Like the teenager who blew out his knee and they said you will never pitch again, and he does. Never doubt the human spirit, never stop believing in the physical healing available for your health issues, and never, ever give up on the amazing gift of your life. Watch for the miracles this holiday in the hustle and the bustle, little and big, you will be amazed.

This article was written by a physical therapist who recognized miracles in her clinic — the healing events that would seem impossible..

I am reminded of a Bible story about a healing that Jesus did.

Jesus healed a woman who spent all that she had on doctors, trying to get well.. She had faith that the impossible could happen, perhaps if she could just touch that piece of garment that Jesus was wearing?

There were so many in the crowd, trying to get close to Jesus, and when she finally was able to touch Him, she was healed instantly.

Jesus felt the healing power leave His body, and asked who touched His garment?

Everyone denied touching Jesus, and Peter told the Lord that it must have been the crowd pressing against Him.

Jesus said that He knew power went out from Him.

Then, the woman, when she saw that the event would not go unnoticed, she trembled and fell at the feet of Jesus. In the presence of everyone, she told why she needed healing, and that how after touching Jesus, she was immediately healed.

Jesus called her ‘Daughter’, and told her to go in peace, and that her faith had healed her. (Luke 8:42-47)

Thank You, Jesus, for Your healing power, and willingness to help us in all our infirmities and diseases! You are Holy and Wonderful! Help us to see with spiritual eyes, and help us not to miss the many miracles that still happen today. Help those who have experienced Your healing power to proclaim it to the world. Amen.


Jesus Became Flesh

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John 1:14

My mind is so small that I cannot even comprehend the first verse. I won’t try too hard, because when I look at all creation, I just know how amazing God is! There is so much I cannot understand, but that I can fully appreciate!

Anyone who has studied anatomy, and the human body, can only be super-amazed at each organ and process of human engineering. Our bodies are an amazing work of genius!

Our hearts have their own electrical and blood supply to work and pump continuously while we live.

Our lungs are made to precision, allowing us to swim, breathe while we sleep, or sigh, gasp, or blow up a balloon at will. Ahhh, a breath of fresh air!

Our eyes are another amazing and perplexing part of our bodies. We are able to do amazing things with our sight. We can see near and far at the same time, we can see panoramas, color, and we are able to adjust our focus to dark and light conditions.  Nerves can transmit messages instantly from the eye to the brain, so we understand in an instant what our eyes are focused on, whether it is a peacock, an elephant, or a gorgeous sunset.

There are so many amazing things on this planet!

Jesus was there at the beginning of all things. Nothing was created without Him, and it was all created for Him.

The next verse tells us that Jesus became flesh, and made His dwelling among us. John saw Jesus’ glory, and that He was full of grace and truth. Jesus is able to know us fully, as He lived in a human body on Earth.

Jesus experienced sorrow. He wept.

Jesus felt joy, and had a sense of humor. He walked on water, and the disciples thought He was a ghost. He turned water into wine at a wedding feast. He called a sinner down from a tree, and invited Himself to this man’s house for dinner. He fed thousands with just a couple of fish and a few loaves of bread, with food left over to spare.

Jesus showed anger when He saw people buying and selling in the temple, and when religious leaders were only outwardly showing their righteousness, but inside were dead. He compared them to the blind leading the blind. He called them hypocrites.

Jesus was compassionate. He saw hurting people: the blind, the lepers, the sick, the lame. He healed them and helped them. I find it is admirable that on earth, Jesus was the son of a carpenter. Carpenters build, create, restore, repair, and make such wonderful, useful, beautiful things. Jesus extended those skills into a spiritual realm. He ‘fixed’ a lot of people.

John the Baptist, after he was arrested, wasting time in a prison, awaiting his fate, sent two men to bring back information from Jesus. He wanted to know whether Jesus was the one to expect for salvation, or should they be looking for another?

Jesus told the two men to tell John: (Matthew 11)

The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.

And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.

We can trust that Jesus is the One. Our faith is not in vain. Our Savior not only loves us, but has experienced the same emotions we do, and He can understand our humanity. He also knows and understands all the workings of creation, as He was there at the beginning. He alone has the power to heal, restore, deliver, set free, and raise us up as incorruptible souls! Blessed be His name!

Dear Jesus, thank You for who You are, and what You’ve done! Blessed be Your name forever! Thank You for salvation, forgiveness, healing, restoration, and Your ultimate love! Amen.


No Greater Joy

I have no greater joy that to hear that my children are walking in the truth. 3 John 1:4

I have been reading some wonderful posts on WordPress. I love the stories of families and good memories of past experiences. Many of the posts are so uplifting! There are also posts of tremendous trials, and they too, are inspiring to read. Many people find such a strong faith through their trials. As this verse states, there is no greater joy than hearing our children are “walking in the truth”!

I experience so much joy when my son gets up early in the morning on Sundays to attend a local church. He also looks forward to Sunday evening, when he can attend a youth group.

We also home school. Most of the curriculum we use, makes reference to the Lord, and how many Christians have made a difference in the world in History, Science, Math, and English. There is a verse that tells us to train up a child in the way he should go, and in the end he won’t depart from it.

Noah Webster, the same who authored a dictionary, was a devout Christian. About Webster, was written this article:

Religion was an important aspect of Noah Webster’s life. As a boy, he attended church with his family and learned to read from the King James Bible. His father was a deacon in the local Congregational church, the highest lay position. As he aged and raised his own family, Noah’s faith grew even stronger. He led his wife and children in daily prayers, using a prayer book he wrote.

You can read more about Noah Webster here:


George Washington made many references to God, and asked on several occasions for His divine wisdom. In one instance, from the eyewitness account of Reverend Snowden, he recalls the event where George Washington prayed at Valley Forge, when times were hard, and a victory seemed unlikely. Below is an excerpt, and you can find the article here: http://acheritagegroup.org/blog/?p=180

“I heard a plaintive sound, as of a man at prayer. I tied my horse to a sapling and went quietly into the woods and to my astonishment I saw the great George Washington on his knees alone, with his sword on one side and his cocked hat on the other. He was at Prayer to the God of the Armies, beseeching to interpose with his Divine aid, as it was ye Crisis and the cause of the country, of humanity, and of the world.”

Phyllis Wheatley was an African-American woman, who was brought to the United States as a slave. Her story is sad, but inspirational. The people who bought her on the auction block found that she had a great deal of knowledge. They took a great interest in her education, and she started writing poetry at age 13. This is one of her poems:

On Being Brought from Africa to America

Phillis Wheatley, 17531784
‘Twas mercy brought me from my Pagan land,
Taught my benighted soul to understand
That there’s a God, that there’s a Saviour too:
Once I redemption neither sought nor knew.
Some view our sable race with scornful eye,
“Their colour is a diabolic die.”
Remember, Christians, Negros, black as Cain,
May be refin’d, and join th’ angelic train.

If you would like to read more poems from Phyllis Wheatley: http://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poet/phillis-wheatley

These men and women knew the truth, and when times were hard, they relied on their faith to get through. They suffered some incredible things, but found God’s incredible strength.

It makes a parent so happy to know that their child has the knowledge of the living God, for then, to him, all things are possible.

Dear Loving Father, thank You for giving us the knowledge of Your presence, Your great love, and the wisdom of knowing Christ Jesus as our Savior. Thank You that with that wisdom and knowledge, we can do all things through You.  We can experience Your great strength in our greatest trials! Amen!


Through prayer, many things are accomplished. I prayed for a friend of mine, and witnessed a wonderful miracle this week. She had been in the hospital for several weeks from a stroke. She is only in her 40’s. The doctor did not give her family much hope. She could not breathe on her own, and was on a ventilator. When I heard that she was not recovering, I got on my knees, and asked for the breath of God to fill her body, and heal her, and make her rise up, if that would be in God’s will. Many people were praying for her. It was the next day, that she awoke! I am so thankful and grateful to God, and just wanted to remind everyone that miracles still happen, and God hears our prayers!