The moments are sovereign, really, but every so often, you’ll get a flash of a memory that is so sweet, you could reach out and eat it. It is so perfect, so heartwarming, and so beautiful. If you rush too quickly, you’ll miss the blessing in that memory. You’ve got to ‘latch’ on to it. That memory comes from God. It is a reminder of his faithfulness, and his goodness, to you.
The memory ‘comes and goes’ — it is so quick, really. You’ve got to be careful. You’ve got to accept that memory for what it is: a gift from God. ‘Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning’ (James 1:17).
You might even think that you invented the memory, but that’s not true. It came from God. It is almost like a ‘whisper’ — so small that you could hardly perceive it. In that ‘whisper’ God is saying, ‘will you take the time to focus on this thing?’
‘But why does God have to do that?’ you may say. ‘Isn’t that psychology?’
Far from it. It ‘God-ology!’ It’s God’s way of saying, ‘I loved you then, and I still love you today. I never change! If I loved you back then, then you can be sure that I love you today, and I care for you.’
Here’s how it works, for some of us. We not only ‘grow up’, as the years go on, we also grow ‘less and less child-like’ in our faith. God is not interested in us living in our past. No! But he is interested in healing us. And he is interested in restoring that ‘child-like faith’ in us.
Child-like faith, as the Bible puts it, is the pre-requisite for being able to receive blessings from God — blessings that include, but are surely not limited to, physical, emotional, and mental healing.
‘Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.’ (Matthew 18:3)
Many people are so ‘grown up,’ they can’t possibly enjoy the blessings of God here on this earth. Remember how Jesus prayed? ‘Thy will be done … on earth as it is in heaven.’ That’s right. Jesus wants to bring a little bit of heaven down to you before you go to be with him. And he wants to heal you, for that is why he came — to heal, and to restore, and to save, that which was lost.
‘For this reason the Son of God came: to destroy the works of the devil.’ (1 John 3:8)
‘Entering’ the kingdom of heaven, in the Matthew 18:3 context, is not limited to ‘then’ (when you die). No, but it begins right now. You are to become child-like in your faith right now. And God desires it so much, that he will actually use those memories of your childhood to promote healing in you, so that you may be free, so that you may live as an adult, with child-like faith.
God is not interested in your dwelling on your past, as thought it was something to mourn over (though mourning may be necessary — I will deal with this in another write-up). He wants you to live as a victorious saint today, having been blessed by the events of your past, so that your faith may be strengthened.
The lesson goes something like this: Latch on to whatever is good and noble. Remember it, and ponder it. Be strengthened by it. Bless God because of it. Reminisce and enjoy. But if there is something ‘aweful’ that has somehow got you down or led you in a wrong path, then do not focus on it: you are focusing on death, and you will die because of it.
That could mean a divorce, or a death, or a lost dream, etc.. Mourn that thing, yes, but don’t continually dwell on it. There is a vast difference between the two! Proper mourning leads to a proper burial. But continually dwelling on something that has, in fact, died, is to pretend that that dead thing is still alive when it is not. You are living a lie. Lies kill. Jesus said the truth would set you free, but, because you are continually trying to ‘bring to life’ something that has died — instead of mourning it, like you should — then you are living in death, and you have prevented yourself from becoming free! No, it is dead, and not alive. You must mourn it, and then you can move on.
‘God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.’ (John 4:24)
‘Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed. 32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.’ (John 8:31-32)
Believe that God loves you.
‘Without faith it is impossible to please God.’ (Hebrews 11:7)
Here, too, is a fact worth considering: doubt and faith cannot live on the same team! If you are full of doubt about how God thinks of you, then, of course, you will become crippled in your body, your mind, your heart, and your emotions. No, but rather, God wants to free you up from all of that. He wants to restore that ‘child-like’ quality in you, that has the ability to believe the truth about who God is.
When you receive the truth, then the healing comes (proven many times over in countless of instances!). As mentioned in yesterday’s article, tears are a veritable ‘catharsis’ (cleansing for the mind, the heart, and the emotions). So if you happen to ‘latch on’ to a healing memory from the past, in which tears begin to flow, consider that thing to be a veritable ‘gift from God.’ He really does love you, and wants you to be able to ‘enter in’ to all that he has for you — in this life, and in the life to come!
Become a child today, and let the faith that once was, be once again. Receive Christ into your life, not only as your Lord and Master, but as your Savior (literally, ‘one who restores you’ — which includes healing in body, mind, and emotions), too. Yes, friends, he really is that type of God. But if you haven’t been introduced to him as such, it’s no wonder why you have not been able to partake of the heavenly blessings which he has in store for you. Receive him today, and let him do the healing work that he has always desired to do. You will surely not be disappointed.