How to Find Healing in the Arms of God
Return to me, and I will return to you.
It s written "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God..." (Romans 3:23)
Elohim, our Creator is a wonderful God. He is our loving Abba Father who formed man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man's nostrils, and the man became a living person (Genesis 2:7 NLT). He gives his breath to us that we may have life and his Spirit to those who walk in it(Isaiah 42:5). He gives man the dominion over all his creation because he loves the human beings he created(Genesis 1:28). During those ancient times, man had a relationship with God. Adam, being the son of God (Luke 3:38 NKJV, KJV), was close to God. God created Eve to be his wife because he saw that Adam was lonely. But this relationship was lost when Adam and Eve ate the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil which God forbade them to eat. This rebellion of man and woman was the ruin of God's creation. It shattered the unity and harmony man had with God, with other people and with the land.
Where you are you now in Christ?
It is so easy to confess I am a Christian but if somebody will ask... where are you now in Christ--I wonder what would our answer be. Are we walking like Christ did? Are we humble enough to admit our shortcomings and tell the Lord God about it... or are we like the story of the first man and woman in the Bible.
The Bible says that nobody takes the blame for man's fall. Do you really want to know the reason why men and women keep blaming each other and do not want to admit their fault? The reason can be seen when God interrogates the Man and Woman in Genesis 3:-13(NLT):
When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the Lord God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the Lord God among the trees. Then the Lord God called to the man, "Where are you?"
He replied, "I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked."
"Who told you that you were naked?'" the Lord God asked. "Have you eaten from the free whose fruit I commanded you not to eat?"
The man replied, "It was the woman you gave me who gave me the fruits , and I ate it."
Then the Lord asked the woman, "What have you done?"
"The serpent deceived me," she replied. "That's why I ate it."
How many of us learned this lesson? How many of us can humbly say, "It was my fault. I am so sorry?" Why couldn't just Adam say I sinned against you and I am so sorry. Instead he blamed the woman that God gave him. The same thing with the woman: She could not say that it was her fault that she got tempted. She could not tell God that it was her desire for the benefit of the fruit; that's why she ate it. She was tempted by the beauty and the delicious look of the fruit, but most of all she desired the wisdom it would give her.
The sin of Adam and Eve, our original parents changed everything. Their holiness and happiness, the grace and favor of God, and the peace and beauty of the whole creation was turned into a curse. God cursed the serpent, the man and woman and expelled them from the Garden of Eden.
But even if the sin of our original parents brought hardship to man's existence on earth as well as physical death and spiritual death (Genesis 3:17-19, 22), God did not lose his love for his creation. He provided animal skins to cover Adam and Eve(Genesis 3:21), and promised that Eve's offspring would defeat Satan (Genesis 3:15) "And I will cause hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel."
God is speaking not only the literal meaning of this verse, for he already had a plan for the salvation of man. He could not just let go of his beloved creation to be totally destroyed by Satan. God was talking about salvation. "The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet." (Romans 16:20 NLT); "So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, 'Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down."(Revelation 12:9-10 NKJV)
How much God loves us
How much God loves us? So much even to the point of death that he gave his one and only son for us. He crushed his own son because of our transgressions.
Throughout the history of salvation, from the Old Testament to the New Testament, which depicts the romance of Christ Jesus and his bride, the church, God is calling his people for repentance. In the book of Jeremiah, Chapter 3 verse 19, God said: "I thought to myself, 'I would love to treat you as my own children!' I wanted nothing more than to give you this beautiful land-- the finest possession in the world. I looked forward to your calling me 'Father,' and I wanted you never to turn from me." I reflected on this verse. What an awesome God we have. What a loving and merciful God He is.
Do you want your hearts to be healed? God tells us to return to him. He is calling each and everyone of us, regardless of religion, "My wayward children" says the Lord, "come back to me, and I will heal your wayward hearts." (Jeremiah 3:22 NLT)
If you are at the point of your life where you have nowhere to go and the roads are so steep and your world is full of darkness, you have only to call on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, the son of the Living God, who died for our sins calling us to return to him with a repentant heart. God loves his people. How much does God loves us? More than enough that He gave His only begotten son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but will have an everlasting life (John 3:16).
He does not care who you are or what you have done. It does not matter. What is important to him is our humility and acceptance that we are sinners. Pride will take us nowhere. Fear of what people will say will not save us. What saves us is the total acceptance of the Lord Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior, inviting him into our lives to change us, wash us, and fill us with his Holy Spirit.
God's call to repentance is open to everybody. In the bible, it speaks about the Jews and the Gentiles. We belong to the Gentiles. But the good news is, God has no favoritism. He redeemed us, and made us right through the blood of Christ Jesus.
"Return to me, and I will return to you." (Zechariah 1:3). "Surrender your pride and power. Change your hearts before the Lord, or my anger will burn like an unquenchable fire because of all your sins." (Jeremiah 4:4)
How shall we return to the Lord?
How shall we return to the Lord? There are ways that the bible teaches us on how to return to the Lord. In 2 Chronicles 7:14 "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land." (NIV). Acknowledging our offenses(sins), seeking the face of God with sincere repentance and seeking him earnestly, we will surely find the Lord God, and he will return to the place in our heart (Hosea 5:15). The promises of God for those who will return to him not only will he forgive us but healing the land will give us prosperity, healthy life where there is peace and joy. (Hosea 14)
This invitation from the Lord is also spoken in the book of Joel 2:12-13 where it says: "Now, therefore, says the Lord, turn to Me with all your heart, With fasting, with weeping, and with mourning. So rend your heart, and not your garments; Return to the Lord your God, For He is gracious and merciful, Slow to anger, and of great kindness; And He relents from doing harm."
Are you willing to take the step now? God is speaking to you right now... come back to me my wayward children and forget your waywardness and I will heal your hearts. God's word never lies. What he promised will come to pass and what he says for the judgment on the end times will really come to pass.