“Heal me, LORD, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.”
– Jeremiah 17:14 (NIV)
After giving your life to God, you may or may not question if God has “saved” you. No matter your assurance of salvation, you will still face doubts. Our bodies, minds, and the enemy continue screaming evidence against us and each other. I hope you’ve learned to believe in not only His willingness to save you, but the assurance He has done it. He has provided everything for salvation. All you have to do is put your faith in Him.
After believing in God for the redemption of our souls, we may not see evidence it has taken place right away. When we continue to not live up to His standard of righteousness, it may seem we were not really saved. But as we continue with Jesus, He convinces us more and more of the irrefutable change in us. We still struggle in this life, but our salvation is secure because it rests in His hands. Though we don’t always represent Him well, when we get to be with Him in heaven, we will look like Jesus (1 John 3:2).
In a lot of my church experience, God’s willingness and provision to heal has not been so strongly taught and held on to. When I read the verses above I want to add the word “if”. If God heals me, I will be healed. Or “when”. When God heals me, I will be healed.
If I look at healing like I do salvation. I start to think of it differently. There’s no question about if or when God saves me anymore. I have been saved. He is willing, He has provided for it, and so I trust it is done. God saved me when I put my faith in Jesus. And it wasn’t hard. But do I thoroughly look, act, think, and feel saved now? No, but the fact I’m not able to say, “yes, absolutely, all the time,” does not shake my faith in Him for salvation.
We should have the same faith in Him for healing as we do for salvation. Believe that He has provided for healing. Receive it by faith in the same manner of salvation. And don’t doubt His healing no matter what evidence opposes it. The Lord is the true source of healing and salvation, so they are thorough and sure. He is willing and Jesus has provided them.
The One I Praise
But is God the one we praise? Is He the one we look to preeminently? Do we praise Him for healing, like we do salvation, as though it is sure?
This praise goes further than a worship service or a religious prayer. It is a mindset and a heart condition. In distress and trials, He is our praise. In conflict and disillusionment, He is our praise. In sickness and sin, He is our praise. When our experience says He’s inactive in our lives, He is our praise.
No matter what we see, we must believe in Him. His willingness, provision, and rescue are sure. He does not fail. So, be saved and be healed.
God, I receive Your healing and I will be healed. I receive Your salvation and I will be saved. You are the one I look to above everything else. I don’t look to my left or right, to the evidence, or fear and doubt. I fix my eyes on You. Your redemptive, restorative, reconciling touch will not fail. You have provided for everything I needed before the foundation of the world. Your goodness and love are true. You are mighty to save and to heal. Praise You God for what you have done and are doing. I believe, help my unbelief. I receive Your healing and salvation, in Jesus name. Amen!
So good, John, this is such a great reminder, and one we need to cling to. The enemy does try to come at us and he knows our weaknesses, we just need to keep our mind on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. Thanks for the good word!!
Yes, let’s keep giving Him our focus. Thanks!
It’s true. Thanks for sharing Johnand for the reminder! It can feel so confusing when I focus on experience more than Jesus but He’s always there reminding me that it’s all real (His promises) and that He is real!
Yes yes yes – great reminder