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Daily Reading: Genesis 28:1-29:35 ESV, Matthew 9:18-38 ESV, Psalm 11:1-7 ESV, Proverbs 3:11-12 ESV

Daily Verse: “‚Ķfor she said to herself, “If I only touch his garment, I will be made well.” (Matthew 9:21 ESV)

SOZO (4982): “To save,” i.e., deliver or protect of material and temporal deliverance, from danger, suffering, etc., from sickness. Of the spiritual and eternal salvation granted immediately by Go to those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.”[i]

Wellness comes from Jesus.

Most and foremost, Jesus offers salvation from our sins. The moment we confess our mess, Jesus forgives. Instantaneously, we are new creatures in Christ. Cleansed white as snow from our past, granted a future full of hope for better things. Instead of staying stuck in poor decisions from the past, we can let them go. Learning from them as we follow Jesus on the path, He has for us.

“Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, “Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well.” (Matthew 9:22 ESV)

Faith heals. The bleeding women’s trust in Jesus healed her suffering of the physical ailment. Sometimes, it doesn’t happen when we’re praying for miraculous healing. Faith gives us hope; even though we didn’t get the answer we wanted; God has our best interest at heart. 

Faith, not Fear.

No matter our physical circumstances, we must have faith, God’s at work. God doesn’t tell us the whole story; we can only see in part. When anxiety and fear begin to overtake us, pray ‘Faith, not Fear.” Reach out for Jesus, touch His robe, trust, He will heal you. Believe in the Healer for ultimate healing.

When my nephew died at 20 years old from Type 1 diabetes, I questioned God. Why didn’t God heal him here on earth? Friends asked me how I reconciled his death with my faith. God’s answer to my prayer wasn’t what I wanted, but I realized, He did heal Cody. Wholly and completely, Cody received a new body when he entered heaven. No longer would he have to worry about blood sugar levels and insulin shots. Healing came with a move to the heavenly realm. One day, God will reunite us in what will only seem like the blink of an eye.

Faith does heal, one way or the other. God doesn’t always answer the way we want, but He does answer. In Him, we can find peace; without Him, we can’t.

[i] Strong, J., & Strong, J. (2010). The New Strong’s expanded exhaustive concordance of the Bible. (p. 245) Thomas Nelson

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