The God Who Heals – Coffee with God – August 20

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He is Jehovah Rophi, the God Who Heals.

Jesus Calling – Sarah Young  (emphasis mine)

I am a God who heals.  I heal broken bodies, broken minds, broken hearts, broken lives, and broken relationships.  My very Presence has immense healing powers.  You cannot live close to Me without experiencing some degree of healing.  However, it is also true that you have not because you ask not.  You receive the healing that flows naturally from My Presence, whether you seek it or not.  But there is more – much more – available to those who ask.  

The first step in receiving healing is to live ever so close to Me. . . . As you grow more and more intimate with Me, I reveal My will to you more directly.

I rarely heal all the brokenness in a person’s life.  Even My servant Paul was told, “My grace is sufficient for you,” when he sought healing for the thorn in his flesh.  Nonetheless, much healing is available to those whose lives are intimately interwoven with Mine.

Streams in the Desert – L. B. Cowman (emphasis mine)

Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. (Genesis 32:24)

The “man” referred to here is the Son of Man – the Angel of the Covenant.  It was God in human form, pressing down on Jacob to press his old life from him.

If God has called us to His highest and best, each of us will have a time of crisis, when all our resources will fail and when we face either ruin or something better than we have ever dreamed.  But before we can receive the blessing, we must rely on God’s infinite help.  We must be willing to let gosurrendering completely to Him, and cease from our own wisdom, strength, and righteousness.  We must be “crucified with Christ” (Gal. 2:20) and yet alive in Him.  God knows how to lead us to the point of crisis, and He knows how to lead us through it.

Is God leading you in this way?  Is this the meaning of your mysterious trial, your difficult circumstances, your impossible situation, or that trying place you cannot seem to move past without Him?  But do you have ENOUGH of Him to win the victory?

Then turn to Jacob’s God!  Throw yourself helplessly at His feet.  Die in His loving arms to your own strength and wisdom, and rise like Jacob into His strength and sufficiency.  There is no way out of your difficult and narrow situation except at the top.  You must win deliverance by rising higher, coming to a new experience with God.  And may it bring you into all that is meant by the revelation of “the Mighty One of Jacob” (Isa. 60:16)!  There is no way out BUT GOD.

Streams in the Desert – L. B. Cowman – August 18, entire entry

The LORD alone led him. (Deuteronomy 32:12)

English: The narrow path through Ebbor Gorge

The hill was steep, but cheered along the way
By conversation sweet, climbing with the thought
That it might be so till the height was reached;
But suddenly a narrow winding path
Appeared, and then the Master said, “My child,
Here you will walk safest with Me alone.”

I trembled, yet my heart’s deep trust replied,
“So be it, Lord.” He took my feeble hand
In His, accepting thus my will to yield Him
All, and to find all in Him.
One long, dark moment,
And no friend I saw, save Jesus only.

But oh! so tenderly He led me on
And up, and spoke to me such words of cheer,
Such secret whisperings of His wondrous love,
That soon I told Him all my grief and fear,
And leaned on His strong arm confidingly.

And then I found my footsteps quickened,
And light unspeakable, the rugged way
Illumined, such light as only can be seen
In close companionship with God.

A little while, and we will meet again
The loved and lost; but in the rapturous joy
Of greetings, such as here we cannot know,
And happy song, and heavenly embraces,
And tender recollections rushing back
Of life now passed, I think one memory
More dear and sacred than the rest, will rise,
And we who gather in the golden streets,
Will oft be stirred to speak with grateful love
Of that dark day Jesus called us to climb
Some narrow steep, leaning on Him alone.

“There is never a majestic mountain without a deep valley, and there is no birth without pain.” – Daniel Crawford

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