In ministry, we encounter many people who are in a desperate state, in dire need of God’s healing from sin in their lives. Their lives are in shambles or at the brink of disarray. Personally, my prayer list is full of these people. However, it is sad to say, but many people come to God looking for a “quick fix” on problems that have been festering for a long time. When God doesn’t magically fix the problem, they go on to the next thing. We have seen that many times over.
Last summer, a young man and his girlfriend began coming to our church. After working with my husband, he gave his life over to God, or so it seemed. His conversion seemed genuine, and it could have been. However, before the summer was over, he began drifting back into bad habits, or habits that he never really gave up in the first place. Eventually, he came to despise the help that was offered to him, even becoming hostile toward us. He ended up moving away. We could see that sin had such a grip on him, that he could not break free. God could and would have healed him. The young man just had to truly surrender everything, even his secrets sins.
In Hosea 7:1, the Lord says “I would have healed Israel, then the iniquity of Ephraim was uncovered, and the wickedness of Samaria.” Have you ever been hurt or really sick, yet refused to go to the doctor, thinking that you can handle it yourself? Here, God could and would have delivered Israel. Yet, there were things that they thought were hidden from God, which was uncovered. Many times we expect God to do a change within us without us giving over some of our sinful discretions. Then when the change does not come, we blame God. When God offers us help and healing from our sins, we have a responsibility to give all of our sins over to God. Secret sins will be found out! God knows all, even if we think we have buried things way deep below the surface.
“They do not consider in their hearts that I remember all their wickedness; now their own deeds have surrounded them.” (Hosea 7:2) God sees and knows all. Of course, He sees our wickedness. In Psalm 94:7, the wicked is described as saying “The Lord does not see, nor does the God of Jacob understand (or pay attention).” They have an atheistic thinking of God. We are told many times that God knows everything. In Psalm 139: 1-4, it is stated that God knows everything about us. Yet, because of our own unwillingness to own up to our wickedness before God, we cannot see how His presence can be in our life.
A Hope for Being Healed
My friend, there is HOPE! God can deliver us! Our first step is to expose everything to God. God already knows, but He wants us to be free to come to Him, which means that He wants us to be willing to give over our sins, sorrows, and dreams to Him. We must own our sin. Come clean, ask forgiveness, and believe that Jesus Christ paid the ultimate price for our sin. Leave nothing secret. Once that is done, a new life is bestowed upon us; a life that is given through Jesus Christ. You, now, are a new person, free to commune with God without hindrance of your sin. Free to enter into a relationship with the Almighty! Yes, He can heal you!
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