Carey Lewis Devotions
Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013
Impossible Healings (Part 2)
The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit.
Psalm 34:18 (NKJV)
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
Psalm 147:3 (NKJV)
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound.
Isaiah 61:1 (NKJV)
The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the Gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed.
Luke 4:18 (NKJV)
In the restoration of health, God has a focus group: the brokenhearted. When Jesus, the Man, began His public ministry, He offered a no-fail insurance policy. I call it 'Messiah-Care.' Its Administrator? The Great Physician. His specialty? Cardiology. Because if the heart works right, the body works right.

If cardiology is 'the study of the heart and its functions in health and disease' (Random House Dictionary), then the Bible is a Medical Textbook. Within It, the heart is highlighted 926 times. Consider two reasons:

1) A bad heart is the root of disease and death: 'Wash your heart from wickedness, that you may be saved' (Jeremiah 4:14). 'He who has a deceitful heart finds no good' (Proverbs 17:20).

2) A good heart is the root of health and life: 'Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life' (Proverbs 4:23). 'A sound heart is life to the body' (Proverbs 14:30).

Surely Christ, the Head of Messiah-Care, wants all people on His plan! 'For this is good and acceptable in the Sight of God our Savior, Who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the Truth' (1 Timothy 2:3-4). Jesus is 'The Way, the Truth and the Life' (John 14:6).

Only Messiah-Care offers a bold claim based on a bolder move: 'I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly' (John 10:10). Other plans pretend this bold claim. But none can match this bold move:

'For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life' (John 3:16). To make Messiah-Care available worldwide, God pre-signed every application of man by the Blood of Jesus.

But enrollment requires a large commitment: we must give up our old hearts. Then by individual design, God will renew, repair or replace them. No two hearts are alike, so personal attention is guaranteed.

Why does Messiah-Care reach out to the brokenhearted? Because they are humble. Consider humility a check box on your application. But God is a Tester. Broken hearts are a prover. By humility, you break away from being uninsurable. Hard, proud and cold hearts bring disease. They chain their holders to death.

Jesus circles you with life. Impossible healings begin with humble hearts.

To Be Continued...

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Impossible Healings series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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