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The Great Physician

07 Jul

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in his word:

“The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.” For the wound of the daughter of my people is my heart wounded; I mourn, and dismay has taken hold on me. Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then has the health of the daughter of my people not been restored? (Jeremiah 8:20-22)

We were wounded, sin had left its crimson stain, but Jesus washed us white as snow. In the old testament; in the old law, we are searching for someone to save us, a “physician” or “balm”… And that’s the way it will always be if we think we can somehow stitch our-self back together, despite the fact that we’re actually dead the whole time and therefore have no control over anything we do.

1 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh[a] and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. (Ephesians 2:1-10)

The only way we can ever be whole again is if we don’t “do the stitching”. All we have to do is ask and God, the Great Physician, will stitch us back together again. We “have” both the balm (of the Gospel) and the Great Physician, but we need our eyes opened for us by God’s grace to see that we actually “have” them.

Video URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7QQGPv1Ikc

You are loved!

Joshua Cleveland

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