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Who Are We To Judge? (Luke 7:36-50)

 

Who is this woman appearing suddenly out of nowhere?  What gives her the right to barge in on us?  Doesn’t she know that we are in an important meeting with the Rabbi?  No wonder why they call her a ghastly sinful beast!  She should be a shame of herself, so undignified.  I’m nauseated.  If this Man were a prophet, He would surely know who and what sort of woman this is who is touching Him.  For she is a notorious sinner!  (Luke 7:39 paraphrase)

Does this sound familiar to you?  How often have we quickly judged people not knowing anything about them?  At first glance, many times we think we know a person’s entire life story.  When we see a person dressed in skimpy clothing, dirty, or overweight what’s our first thought?   Many are judged by their eating habits, the type of car they drive or job status.  Better yet, if we here a bit of gossip or information we run with it and believe what was spoken.  Why is that?

This notoriously sinful woman poured onto Jesus feet an alabaster box full of expensive ointment that was for healing.   She was willing to pay such a price, maybe even give all that she owned to be forgiven, healed and set free by the Master.  (Luke 7:38) It’s as if she gave healing ointment in expecting in return to be healed if in the hands of the anointed One?  Just as when we are in need of anything, to receive that very thing we must first give it away.  Is that not how the Kingdom of God works?

 “Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38

Even in the world system, most individuals feel compelled to give back once they have received.  I believe it’s in our nature to do so.  The women with the alabaster box must have had such deep wounds that needed healing which caused her to pour out such a priceless commodity.  More so, anyone who is considered a notorious sinner by other citizens must have done a seriously wicked crime. I’m sure with such a label plastered on her it must have caused this woman to put up a great wall of defense in order to protect herself from the darting arrows that would have pierce her heart.

I bet if we peel back the label and look beneath the surface we would see a scared child starving for attention.  Longing for someone to love, care and comfort her, to heal her gaping wounds.  Like this woman, there are many of us who have such deep emotional scares that have been stuffed down and buried.  Some may mask them with over achievements.  Having to strive to be the very best, caring on with a facade of looking good on the outside, but self destructing inwardly.

Many of these individuals go through life appearing to be very successful and “normal,” yet broken on the inside.  They wonder how they could have so much and feel so empty, surrounded by many, but feeling so lonely.  They isolate themselves in their minds having not dealt with their emotional wounds.

Jesus came to set us FREE! “Who the Son sets free is free indeed.” (v. John 8:36)

Cry out to God like David did in the bible.  He will answer. David knew the value in going to the Lord with his petition.

“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence my help comes from. My help comes from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. (Psalm 121:1-2)

Don’t allow the devil to deceive you into thinking it’s too late.  That you’re all washed up and worth nothing.   Or even worst, once people find out about what you’ve done your life will be over.  The devil wants to isolate you so he can work you over and fill your mind with guilt, stress, fear and condemnation, to ultimately KILL YOU!

 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10)

But the devil knows that once you speak the truth of God’s word, and go to Jesus with your hurts and seek to get help, it will open a flood gate of healing for your life.  Then once you’re healed God will use your testimony for his greater works to set others free from torment.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, whohave been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

I can speak from experience. I grew up in bondage, being the last child of seven and a girl in the mist of five brothers.  I was abused and constantly molested by my father in his drunken state.  My older sister suffered the same abuse.  She could not bear the pain and turned to drugs: heroin, marijuana, and alcohol.  She became a prostitute just as many scholars believe the woman with the alabaster box was.  There was so much confusion in her mind that during a drug transaction she decided to cheat the drug dealer.  This caused my brother who was with her to be beaten into a comma, then he eventually die.  She was once again rattled with so much guilt she over dosed on drugs and took her own life. I miss my sister.

Although I chose not to prostitute I carried tremendous guilt and shame. Not only did our father molest me but he also in addition sex trafficked me to other men.  I became bulimic and anorexic due to the pain and abuse as I felt I had no control over the circumstance.  This eating disorder nearly killed me.  Because I suffered such deep soul wounds, I didn’t know how to handle life issues when confronted with stress.  This sickness followed me into my adulthood.  Until one day I was introduced to Jesus while watching an evangelistic television show.  Jesus healed me instantly!  Then he had room to work in me and out of me all the scars of my past.  He replaced those scars with love, joy and peace. I know I had been forgiven for trying to kill myself.  I could finally look in the mirror and love myself.  He taught me by the Holy Spirit, to go to Him in prayer on a daily basis. He taught me to focus on the word of God and not on the problems of life.  It is only in Jesus Christ that I have found true freedom.  I realized that however we get to those broken places in our lives, Jesus is there to heal us.  He came,

to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy
instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.” (Isaiah 61:3)

The woman with the alabaster box knew that without the healing power of Jesus she had no hope.  He would be the only one who could remove the reproach, stigma and pain from her life.  He doesn’t just come to cover our wounds, he makes us brand new.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Cor. 5:17)

We never know what a person is going through in life so we should never judge.  God may be revealing to you a person’s issue so that he can use you to help change their lives for the better.  Let us all share the love of Christ to one another just as the Father extended his love to the world.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

 

Hephzibah House Of Prayer

I had a dream last night that I was on the stand in a court room.  Many questions where being asked of me.  The last question I answered the lawyer (Holy Spirit) had a rebuttal that He spoke in a Psalm to correct my thought process.  This is what He said:

Court Room Psalm

When the ravishing locust try to overtake you,

and the storms of life try to capsize you,

you will not be moved.

For your God is the all consuming One.

His power no foe can withstand.

For He crushed the head of your enemy,

and pierced the darkness with His light.

Those who try to destroy you will only be left naked and abandoned, forsaken in the wilderness.

They trust not in the Lord, but only in their lofty goods.

But the Lord covers those who love Him.

He lavishes them with fine riches, adorns them…

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Court Room Psalm

I had a dream last night that I was on the stand in a court room.  Many questions where being asked of me.  The last question I answered the lawyer (Holy Spirit) had a rebuttal that He spoke in a Psalm to correct my thought process.  This is what He said:

Court Room Psalm

When the ravishing locust try to overtake you,

and the storms of life try to capsize you,

you will not be moved.

For your God is the all consuming One.

His power no foe can withstand.

For He crushed the head of your enemy,

and pierced the darkness with His light.

Those who try to destroy you will only be left naked and abandoned, forsaken in the wilderness.

They trust not in the Lord, but only in their lofty goods.

But the Lord covers those who love Him.

He lavishes them with fine riches, adorns them with extravagant garments.

His abundance over takes them, it abounds to no end.

His desires toward you are good and his thoughts are pure.

His eye is on you always,

And you will not be put to shame.

Your days will be lengthy, your life forever great.

For the Lord loves those who exalt Him,

their lives are eternally blessed. ~Selah

By Rosemarie Hilton (Holy Spirit inspired)

Just Think

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You’re not here by chance,
but by God’s choosing.
His hand formed you
and made you the person you are.
He compares you to no one else-
you are one of a kind.
You lack nothing
that His grace can’t give you.
He has allowed you to be here
at this time in history
to fulfill His special purpose
for this generation. ~Selah

Believe With Boldness And Go For It! (Matthew 9)

 

This was her last and only hope. It may be the answer she had been longing for all these years.  Suffering for over 20 years with such a chronic illness that isolated her from others, she must fight through the crowd and take a chance.  So desperate for healing, she ignored the conventions of the day, just for a chance to touch His garment.

In those days a women dare not touch or be in the presence of anyone during her “time of the month” let alone touch a man of high esteem like a Rabbi, as Jesus was considered to be.  But the spirit in her rose up and she knew deep down inside that by doing so she would be healed.  Then suddenly, after long years of suffering, she finally found peace and freedom.  This only came because she recognized and had faith in the power that Christ Jesus would flow in and through her. (Matt. 9:22)

We have the power in us to heal the sick, raise the dead, and open the eyes of the blind, just as Jesus did.  I would go even further to say that we can pray and heal our own bodies, if needed.  Jesus said,

“I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, if anyone steadfastly believes in Me, he will himself be able to do the things that I do; and he will do even greater things than these, because I go to the Father.” (John 14:12)

So we need to walk in the authority and power that he has given us!  Why wait?  If Jesus is our Lord and he has given us a commission to do these things what’s stopping us?  Could it be unbelief?  Do you think that the miracles, signs and wonders were only done because Jesus was God?  His word says that we are to follow his pattern as believers.  Or maybe you believe that those things don’t exist anymore?  There are many documented accounts of those like John G. Lake, Kathryn Kuhlman, and Smith Wigglesworth, to name a few, who have walked in the authority and power of God.  Is it fear of mans judgment or criticism?  I say this to you; Jesus has already conquered such things and overcame them!

 

“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have (perfect) peace and confidence.  In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer (take courage); be confident, certain, undaunted)!  For I have overcome the world.  (I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.) (John 16:33 Amplified Bible)

He challenges us to walk out in faith and do as he did.  I believe in order to do such works we may need to examine our lives.  Search deep inside and ask the Holy Spirit what are the things that are hindering us from receiving our own complete healing and the key to administering healing to others.  Could it be judgment against others, un-forgiveness, gossip, slander, fear or deep soul wounds from the past that may be stopping up the flow of virtuous healing in our bodies?  Maybe we don’t believe we deserve healing or blessings because of the guilt of past offenses.  Whatever our thought process that is causing us to have unbelief or doubt, Jesus came to set us free!

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me. Because He has anointed Me (the Anointed One, the Messiah) to preach the good news (the Gospel) to the poor; He has sent Me to announce release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to send forth and deliver those who are oppressed (who are downtrodden, bruised, crushed, and broken down by calamity), (Luke 4:18)

“So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free indeed.” (John 8:36)

We have no need to walk in guilt and condemnation.   Jesus said, “If we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).

When we rest in the presence of the Holy Spirit and tune out the distractions of the world, he will give us direction.  Allow him to pour into you and redefine who he is and who you are in him.   I believe as we become desperate, as the woman with the issue of blood, he will reveal himself to us.  We have to denounce the lies of the enemy and stand on the truth of God’s word.

As you walk in the overflow of healing in your body, you will then be able to go forth and heal others in the power of Jesus name.

“And His name, through and by faith in His name, has made this man whom you see and recognize well and strong. (Yes) the faith which is through and by Him (Jesus) has given the man this perfect soundness (of body) before all of you.” (Acts 3:16 Amplified)

Only believe!

“For this reason I am telling you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe (trust and be confident) that it is granted to you, and you will (get it). (Mark 11:24 Amp.)

God needs you and he desires to use you to manifest his glory on the earth.  To release healing as he did to the sick and set the captives free.  So let the healing rise up in you, so it may be released through you to others.

God has a great plan and purpose for your life.  But sometimes we elevate the report of the enemy more than we magnify the truth of God’s word.  We give more weight to the negative report, then of the possible.  If we continue to focus on the bad report, whether it’s from the doctor, finances, or the media, and repeatedly speak about our problems they will grow worst.  When we declare God’s word over our lives it will actually create what is spoken and manifest healing.

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it.” (Proverbs 18:21)

Ultimately, we must chose to transition and reverse the mindset of this culture that is so embedded into our lives.

“Do not be conformed to this world (this age), (fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs), but be transformed (changed) by the (entire) renewal of your mind (by its new ideals and its new attitude), so that you may prove (for yourselves) what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the things which is good and acceptable and perfect (in His sight for you).(Romans 12:2 Amplified Bible) 

Just as the woman with the issue of blood, boldly going before the crowd and touching the hem of the Rabbi’s garment.  Even though she knew that by doing so she may have been mocked, abused or even worst, stoned to death.  Yet, instead of scolding and shaming her, Jesus praised her and said,

“Take courage, daughter! Your faith has made you well.” And at once the woman was restored to health. (Matt. 9:22)

That day, countless men and women had brushed against Jesus, but only one had truly touched him.  And instead of being defiled by contact with her, his own touch had proven the more contagious, rendering her pure and whole again.

As I continued reading Matthew 9, I noticed that there are many accounts of Jesus going about healing in Capernaum.  There was the paralyzed man, the rulers’ daughter, the mute, and many others who were weak and sick. But in each case they either went after their healing or someone else took them to Jesus.

So as with us, we must go before the throne of grace and receive the life Jesus has for us, he is waiting.  Believe with Boldness! And Go For It!