Remember it forgiven.

Jehovah Rapha. One of the most common and beloved names of our Lord.

‘Jehovah’ means -The Eternal One, The Ever-Living One, and The Self-Existing One. Rapha (râpâ’) or Ropheka means “to restore”, “to heal” or “to make healthful” in Hebrew. Therefore, “Jehovah-Rapha” can be translated as “I am The Lord your physician”, or “I am the Lord your Healer.” (cf. Jer 30:17Jer 3:22Isa 30:26Isa 61:1Psa 103:3).Jehovah is the Great Physician who heals the physical and emotional needs of His people.

We, as a people, individually and collectively, have never been more broken. Our families are broken. We are broken inside. Our nations and countries are broken too. Don’t believe me? Look around you. Hate and racism and anger and bitterness and resentment and superiority blind us to the truth. We are made in the image of the ONE TRUE GOD, and so in Him, it shouldn’t matter. Not gender or color of skin or faith or culture or lifestyle  or….or……

But it does. It’s true, everyone has a choice to accept Him as saviour, and that’s the only way to heaven, but that doesn’t mean we react to what is different with hate and anger and resentment. Anger over someone worshipping differently. Hate for a lifestyle that’s different from us. Resentment over what we perceive to be ours, given to another gender, or skin colour. I say this, looking at the model that Jesus lived. He frequently went to homes of known “sinners” tax collectors and pagans. He spoke to and ministered to and healed the very poor, the very rich, the in between, the prostitutes, the commanders and centurions, the priests, the lowly shepherds and fishermen. He spoke to everyone, and extended an invitation to all. What they did with it, was their choice. Oddly enough, the people He chastised most were the priests, but who were actually hypocrites. White washed sepulchers. Good on the outside, rotten where it counts.

So , why in the midst of what is going on in this world, am I bringing up Jehovah Rapha? Because He is our Healer. The Great Mender. The One who makes us whole. The One who makes all things new. He takes the old and turns it around. He loves us where we are, but loves us too much to leave us the way we are. He has plans for us, plans to prosper us and not to harm us, plans to give us a hope and future.

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But…………..

He needs to heal us first. We are fallen and sinful. We ,left to our own devices, will go the way of death. So, He shows us the way. He binds the broken pieces, and uses the new person, for His glory. The process He takes us through, is usually painful, but He places us where we will bring most glory to His name. Where we can give most hope to others struggling with the same things we went through. He is our Great Physician.

The bible says in Proverbs 4:20, ” My son, attend to my Words, incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life to those that finds them, and Health (or medicine) to all their flesh.” 

Recently a friend M (I’m going to call her M) shared with a group of us women, her journey to healing. She had something that happened to her when she was 5 years old that had affected several relationships around her. When as a 30 year old, wife and mother of two, M accepted Christ, He led her through a journey of healing and forgiveness, so that now in her fifties and a grandmother, she has peace sharing her journey with the others. And M’s reasons are to glorify the Healer through it all, to give hope and advice and direction to those who are presently struggling, to give them validation ,  to hear them out. M gave us 10 ways to practically start the healing process,  and I’ve added them word for word at the end of this blog. I found it very helpful to me,( even though I’m still in the process of working a lot of those out, and am just getting it started on some others), and I hope it blesses you as well.

I’m going to talk about generational healing ( that was M’s subject) and its impact on us. We’ve had things that happen to us through no fault of our own, we’ve done things that we’re not proud of, we’ve paid the price for something someone else did that caught us in its ripples. So where does it stop ? Do we continue to hurt others because we’ve been hurt ( hurting people hurt others)?  Do we let our children, our nieces and nephews, those we mentor suffer because of things we do? Does the cycle have no end?

But it does.

He is our Healer, our Mender. He can rescue us. He can end the vicious cycle, and give us what we need to start a needed and fruitful one. He doesn’t excuse what was done to us, but the same God who is filled with mercy and compassion ,  is righteous too. He’ll see justice done. He’ll avenge us. We need to trust Him though, with the timing and the method and the person responsible and the people. We also need to rest in Him, and give Him full access to our hurts and scars and wounds and secrets and past. He’ll walk with us, in the present. He’ll give us a foundation for our future.

In the Bible, Jehovah Rapha is mentioned in Exodus 15: 26. I’ve copied this extract from the Names of God (NOG Bible version), a version I like to read, when I want to see the names of God in Hebrew.

22 Moses led Israel away from the Red Sea into the desert of Shur. For three days they traveled in the desert without finding water. 23 When they came to Marah, they couldn’t drink the water because it tasted bitter. That’s why the place was called Marah [Bitter Place]. 24 The people complained about Moses by asking, “What are we supposed to drink?” 25 Moses cried out to Yahweh, and Yahweh showed[a] him a piece of wood. He threw it into the water, and the water became sweet. There Yahweh set down laws and rules for them to live by, and there he tested them. 26 He said, “If you will listen carefully to Yahweh your Elohim and do what he considers right, if you pay attention to his commands and obey all his laws, I will never make you suffer any of the diseases I made the Egyptians suffer, because I am Yahweh Ropheka.” 27 Next, they went to Elim, where there were 12 springs and 70 palm trees. They camped there by the water. 

First , the Israelites were on a high, after God’s stunning display after the Red Sea, then they take three days to reach a place of water, only to find it bitter. Here in the desert, they turn to Moses,  and complain about what to do. Moses prays to God, and is shown a branch that he throws into the water, to make it drinkable, to make it sweet. At this time, God reminds them , that if they listen to Him, and follow His commands ,  He won’t make them suffer the diseases that the Egyptians suffered, because He is the Lord their Healer  .

What’s interesting to note, is that God set down laws and rules for them to live by, then tested them and then gave them a conditional promise( do what God considers right, then He won’t let them be afflicted by the diseases that He sent on the Egyptians ), and then revealed His character ,  it seems to all the Israelites, not just an individual. Some of the other times when He’s revealed Himself to others, it has been to a person or very few people at a time. ( Jehovah Jireh ;to Abraham and Isaac: Jehovah Shalom; to Gideon: El Roi {the God who sees}; to Hagar)  Right after a place of bitter waters, He leads them to a place of abundant water and a fertile region (Elim, which had 12 springs and 70 palm trees). Don’t you love His timing 🙂

Going back to generational healing again for a few moments, this is something, we can do to break a vicious cycle. To give our children and the generations after them hope and a different future. To give glory to the Healer and be a witness of His amazing power and grace and love. He can make us new and bind the broken pieces, if we but let Him.           Eph 3:20-21 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

These are some practical ways to start that process, it’s all M’s words, and since they say everything needed, I’ve not altered them. I pray that you will ask the Healer in to your hurts and let Him heal, help and guide you.

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What are practical ways to take the first step towards healing.

  • Give yourself grace through the process of healing and forgiveness. Choosing to forgive is just the first step. Trust God with the particulars and be patient with yourself as you work through it. Healing takes time.
  • Check your heart. When working through the process of healing and forgiveness, ask yourself these questions,

Am I judging and condemning a family member?                                                                            Am I holding on to bitterness and unforgiveness?

  • Forgive offenses quickly. Someone told me, “When the Lord first calls you to do something, is when you have the most power to obey”, and I find this to be true.
  • Do not nurse and rehearse when you’ve been hurt. Take it to the Lord immediately and tell Him everything. He knows already, but speaking it out to Him brings Him in to our circumstances and takes our eyes off of the offense or the hurt and puts our focus on God, who is our Healer.
  • If after praying you need to talk it through , go to a trusted friend who you know will pray and help keep your focus on the Lord rather than dwelling on the issue. Do not take it to the one who will say , “poor you” and ” they are so awful”. That only serves to drive the splinter of offense deeper in to your heart and hinders healing.
  • Remember that forgiveness doesn’t mean that what they did was okay.
  • Don’t rush in to try to restore a relationship. Keep the offense between you and the Lord until you have peace. He may or may not lead you to restore the relationship. Forgiveness can be complete, without opening up to certain relationships again. Never put yourself back in to a situation where you do not feel safe, physically or emotionally.
  • Do not compare your healing process to someone else’s.
  • Remember , forgiving sets you free and it puts the one who hurt you in the hands of the same Father who has brought about your healing
  • “Remember it forgiven”. We don’t necessarily feel forgiveness. We do however choose to forgive. When the thought or image comes back, determine to remember that you have forgiven, either yourself for things you’ve done, or someone else for what they’ve done. Remember that walking in forgiveness affects your generations……… your children, your grandchildren, your extended family and even generations yet to be born.

We all need healing at various times in our lives. Physical, emotional, moral or relationship healing.He longs to heal us of resentfulness, bitterness and pride if we will but trust Him and walk before Him in obedience. If you need healing in any area of your life today, listen carefully to God by reading the Bible, by communicating with him in prayer and by seeking godly counsel. Commit to pleasing the Lord, doing things his way. Trust Jesus. Let’s allow Him to examine our hearts and heal us of the diseases that sin inflicts upon us. God is Jehovah-rapha, the Lord who heals you.

 

 

 

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