{April 30, 2017}

 

April 30-May 6, 2017

 

{Sit With Us: Wounded Healer}

By Debbie Kirk

Wounded healing. It took me a moment to wrap my mind around this concept as Dylan Mortimer shared his overwhelming story of healing. His struggle, pain and recent healing paints the most beautiful picture of God’s love for us. Every cell and fiber of his journey seems divinely intertwined with a bigger picture, a deeper meaning, much like his exquisitely inspired artwork.

He was down to his last breath. Willing his sick lungs to keep pumping air, to give him the life-giving breath he needed. He needed a fresh set of lungs. He needed to be healed. By God’s amazing grace he received a lung transplant and entered into the long, painful process of recovery.

Who wouldn’t want to be healed, right? We were reminded in John 5 that Jesus asked, “Do you want to be healed?” If faced with chronic pain or a debilitating disease, wouldn’t we say, “Yes, heal me!” We would search the world over to find the right doctor, the strongest medicine or the latest treatment if it meant we could be well. In the physical realm, we allow ourselves to be vulnerable, endure pain—even the shifting of our heart, if necessary—no matter the cost.

When it comes to our spiritual health it can seem easier to let it go, bury it or avoid it completely. Why is it easier to allow physical healing than spiritual healing? What will we have to expose, let go of or accept if we decide to invite the God of the universe into our mess?

As Dylan shared, we live in a world that is out of breath. A world that doesn’t even know it might be sick. Or maybe some of us do know but we aren’t sure how to get the help we need. Could we fear judgement, or being abandoned, if people knew the real story? Why would we want to be transparent, open up, maybe even weep and lose our composure?

It will cost. It will be painful. We might be tempted to compare. But there is good news. We have a spiritual physician that paid the price we could not pay. He endured pain we could not comprehend and every single heart that is out of alignment matters to him. By hiswounds, we are healed. By our wounds, we can also offer healing to others.

I think of some of my most painful seasons and every single hurt has produced something beautiful—if I let it. The wound always comes before the healing. Some wait for their prodigal son to return. Others pray for a miracle in broken relationships, and many people long to be loved, to feel as if they belong.

If we, as Jesus did, can open up our hands and our hearts and reveal our wounds and ask to be healed we are on our way to recovery. In this process, we can be used to help others heal as well. It will enable them to see the bigger picture, the deeper meaning and ultimately point them to the God who hears their cry and heals their heart.

Dylan charged us with two things. To lay down for the great physician and let him heal us and to hear the cries around us and listen. The world is out of breath. We need to be healed. And we need to be heard. We don’t need a prescription, we need a person.  Jesus.

“You’re my recovery, changing who I was to who I’m meant to be, healing all that’s broken as you wash me clean, oh you set me free, you’re my recovery…” –Unspoken, My Recovery

Have you been suffering somewhere deep inside where no one can see? Do you want to be healed and free from the burdens that weigh you down? God hears your cry.  He wants to heal you and realign your heart. Will you be brave, be vulnerable and ask him to heal you?

 

{sunday 4.30.17}

Read John 5:1-9

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Do you want to be healed?

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{personal reflection and bible reading plan}

As you read the verses each day, make notes of questions you have about what you’re reading as well as answering the reflection questions below. Grab a friend or two to discuss what you are learning and what God is doing in your lives.

CLICK HERE to check out our latest video resource, The Journey Continues. It connects the dots from the past weeks’ readings to the current readings.

 

{monday 5.1.17}

Read 1 Corinthians 9:1-12

Observe, Reflect, Apply: It’s refreshing to read this scripture. Paul is making an argument that just because he is an apostle doesn’t mean he can’t enjoy the physical nature of his life. Sometimes we think that if we deprive ourselves that we are doing something great for God. What in your life is something healthy that you enjoy doing? Do you get to enjoy it often?

{tuesday 5.2.17}

Read 1 Corinthians 9:13-27

Observe, Reflect, Apply: Paul is not merely saying he pretends to be like all these people, but he finds a true and honest way to connect with them. He meets them where they are at in life. He doesn’t expect them to change so that he will then share with them who Jesus is. How can you respectfully meet someone who is different than you where they are at in life? How can you do this authentically?

{wednesday 5.3.17}

Read 1 Corinthians 10:1-10

Observe, Reflect, Apply: In short, Paul says to learn from the past and don’t make the same mistakes again in this scripture.
What mistakes have you made that you would not want to repeat again? What are the mistakes from someone close to you that you don’t want to make?

{thursday 5.4.17}

Read 1 Corinthians 10:11-22

Observe, Reflect, Apply: It would seem logical that you don’t want to actively work against something that is good for you. Idolatry has been described as “a good thing becoming an ultimate” by Timothy Keller. It’s easy to think we are working on something good but when it becomes the ultimate thing we are actually working against God. Because something may be good makes it hard to see when it becomes an idol. What good things do you do that might compete with God for his attention?

{friday 5.5.17}

Read 1 Corinthians 10:23-11:2

Observe, Reflect, Apply: If I could rewrite this in one sentence meant for myself it would say. “Go about your life like you would normally, but do it to build other people up.” How would you phrase this passage for yourself?

{saturday 5.6.17}

Read 1 Corinthians 11:3-16

Observe, Reflect, Apply: These verses are tough to wrestle with in our culture. As you read them, consider that in this era, being "under authority" did not mean "to be inferior". Jesus was under the authority of God. It was in God’s name that he spoke, lived and taught. The same was true in husband and wife relationships. It is also important to note that for women, wearing a head covering in prayer was a symbol of marriage, and of praying under the authority of her husband and family, and ultimately, of God. How does this make you feel? What questions does it raise? Are there any traditions in our time that are similar?

{group discussion ideas}

We weren’t meant to experience the life of Jesus alone, so we encourage you to rally a few others to discuss what you are hearing, reading, and reflecting on together. Whether you are meeting as an Heartland group, talking with a few friends throughout the week, or bringing up spiritual conversations around your table at home, feel free to use some of these questions as conversation starters for The Journey.

  • Can you name an ‘takeaway’ or challenge from the Sunday message?
  • How has that been relevant, challenging, or meaningful to your life this week?
  • What have you observed about God, Jesus, yourself, others, or God’s plan for you from these readings?
  • Where do you need a breakthrough from God this week?
  • Who do you need to share what you’re learning about God with?

 

{extra journey resources}

CLICK HERE for more on how to use the observe-reflect-apply approach to getting the most out of your Bible reading.

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Bible Gateway Provides advanced Bible searching capabilities, which allow readers to find passages in scripture based on keywords, phrases, or scripture reference.

 

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