I hear God maligned much too often. He is used in cursing so often that my ears ring and my soul cringes. Too many are angry and blame Him, not even knowing who He is. Allow me to tell you. Let me divulge to you God’s identity.
When God does something in my life, it is not going to be a private event. Why? Because my scars are anointed. Just as we are healed because of His scars, others can be healed by ours…by my own. I am His mouthpiece of His goodness. At least, that is my goal and purpose.
When we walk with our Lord, He is remaking us, renewing us, and healing us in every way, each day. We are His kiddos! He desires that parental relationship with each of us, all of us.
Contemplate what a good parent means to you, and know He wants to be that to you. He wants a parental partnership with every person.
“Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our (my) transgressions, He was bruised for our (my) iniquities, the chastisement for our (my) peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we (I) are healed.” (Some translations are past tense, reflecting original language…WERE/WAS healed).
….Prophetically spoken by prophet Isaiah long before Christ’s birth, death, and resurrection. Isaiah 53:4-5
He had a plan from the beginning and it was Jesus. Think of this! Hundreds of years before Christ even appeared on the scene, God is saying through His prophet that Jesus will suffer and die so we can be restored in all ways, for our benefit and for/to Himself, and amazingly, this prediction is already past tense! Isaiah is already prophesying beyond the actual prophesy! Post resurrection!
Here is some great news! Jesus was and is God. If we see Jesus, we are seeing the very character of God!
What is some of that character? Judge this. Jesus healed everyone, EVERYONE, and all whom He met. No one was excluded…no one. What does that tell you of His character? No one was too sinful. And…No one had to earn it. All that was required was belief that He wanted to change their life, for the absolute best, and partnership with Him in demonstrating that belief. It tells you His character is desire to have you trust and believe in Him, that He wants the best for us…just like we want from our kiddos. He wants us to have confidence in Him, not to be whining, accusing Him, and misjudging Him.
Do you realize that the fruits of the spirit (His spirit, by the way!) are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, mercy, gentleness, faithfulness, and self control. That is WHO He is. That is also who Jesus was and is! They are one and the same! Really think about that and consider how the world maligns Him!!!
God even called Himself, “I am Jehovah Rapha.” (I am the living God who heals.) He named Himself this! Why, if it is not true? And how many ways do all of the human race need healing? How many followers say they agree in principle, but deny this in reality. The human race is in a world of hurt and need! Physical, spiritual, emotional, financial, psychological…ha – political even?
Who do you believe God is? I ask, because who you believe He is and the character you attribute to Him makes all the difference in the world to the outcomes of our life…my life. And is your perception colored by other people (even priests and ministers) or by the very word of God?
Really think about it and change your direction if needed. Get to know His true identity.