Throw Off Your Identity...and Be Healed
I spend a lot of time studying healing these days. It’s something that weighs heavily on my heart. I look around me and see so many people suffering. Diabetes. High Cholesterol. High Blood Pressure. Vitamin Deficiencies. Wounded Marriages. Sexual Diseases. Back Pain. Stomach Pain. And the list goes on….. And it’s heart wrenching.
Many of the people living with one or more situations are believers. They’ve read that God heals the sick. Shoot, Jesus raised the dead! So it’s not that they don’t believe that God can, but usually they question whether God WILL. Will God do it for them?
Here’s what I’ve discovered. There is a difference between what I term “head faith” and “heart faith” Head faith is when you read what you’re believing for in the Word and you know it’s possible. Heart faith, is when you believe without a doubt, and you know, that you know, that you know, that what you are believing for is happening. Even if you do not see it. For example, the Word of God tells us that by Jesus’ stripes we are healed. We read it. We believe that God’s word is true. And, so, in our heads we have the faith to believe that. But when we have a situation, if our belief has not been rooted in our hearts, we will find that we may think God won’t do it for us.
The only way, to make sure that this is not your situation, is to stay in the word of God until you know without a doubt that what you’ve read applies to you as well as everyone else who reads it. And you have to know that in spite of what you may be feeling. You have to know that your marriage is healed in spite of how ridiculous your spouse maybe acting. You have to know that you can be cured from diabetes, even if the medical professionals say it’s impossible. You have to know that you don’t have to accept a sexually transmitted disease, just because you slept around and the doctors say you’ll have it for life. You have to know that you don’t have to suffer from baldness because it’s in your genes.
I encourage you to read the story of Bartimaeus. You find him in the Gospels, Matthew 20-29-34, Luke 18:35-43; and Mark 10:46-52
46 And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging.
47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me.
48 And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a great deal, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me.
49 And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise; He calleth thee.
50 And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus.
51 And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight.
52 And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.
There’s a lot here! Bartimaeus was blind, but his ears still worked! And when he heard that Jesus was there, he started crying out to Him. He referenced Jesus as the Son of David. He knew that Jesus was the Messiah. Which means he knew Jesus was the answer to his need.
The crowd told him to be quiet. The same way people may tell you to be quiet. “Girl, hush, that’s just old age.” “Pssh, everyone loses their site as they get old.” “Why are you stayin’ with that man? After how he treated you? I’d be out.” “Diabetes runs in our family. Everybody will get it.” “Sorry you have herpes. That’s what you get for sleeping around.” Ever have that kind of noise playing in your background? Take a page out of Bartimaeus’ book. When the crowd told him to be hold his peace, the Word of God says he cried out even louder! He asked for mercy.
And his call to Jesus, stopped Jesus in His tracks (v.49) It says Jesus stood still. And He commanded that Bartimaeus be brought to Him. Which is so interesting, because it sounds like the same people who told him to be quiet, were now telling him to be comforted and go to Jesus. Those who once weren’t on his side are now on his side. Hmmm…
Now, check this out. Before Bartimaeus walks to Jesus, He does something HUGE. He cast away his garment. In those days, people were defined by their garments. It was part of their identity. His garment identified him as a blind beggar. Notice that he threw away the identity he no longer wanted BEFORE he went to Jesus. He knew beyond any doubt, that he was in the midst of the Healer. And he had the faith to believe that he was healed.
Jesus asked him what he wanted and he asked for his eyesight. And Jesus told him that because of his faith, he was now whole. And immediately, he received his sight and followed Jesus.
This is how we should be. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1). Check out my blog post on Now Faith Is… Bartimaeus is an example to us. We need to believe with unshakable faith, that the thing we cannot see, is the exact thing we can have. (As long as what we’re asking for is in God’s Will. And when we spend time in His Word, we learn His Will.)
Be Blessed And Have a Fantastic Day!
– I am not a preacher, minister, or evangelist. I’m just a woman who has a heart for God