Adapted from Sexual Healing Reference Edition
All Scriptures are from the NIV, 84 unless otherwise noted.
The Ultimate Foundation Upon Which True Transformation Occurs
As you begin your quest for healing and transformation, it is important not to forget who does the healing (God does), and where the ability to achieve results comes from (it comes from God). Jesus could not have been more relevant to this issue when He said, “apart from Me you can do nothing!”
The principle of God’s prevenient grace (coupled with our helplessness) saturates the entire Bible. We learn from Jesus in John 6:44: “No one can come to (Christ) unless the Father draws him,” and in John 6:65: “no one can come to (Christ) unless it has been granted him from the Father” (NASB). Jesus taught that the fact that we believe in Him at all is “the work of God” (John 6:29), that we are, in essence, a gift from the Father to Christ (John 6:37, 39).
Although we understand that we are saved not by our works, but by faith, we often miss the point that even our faith has been given us by the Father. “It is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8). “We are His workmanship” (Ephesians 2:10, NASB). “He called us according to His own purpose” (2 Timothy 1:9, NASB). “By His doing you are in Christ Jesus” (1 Corinthians 1:30). “It is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13, NASB). Do not think more highly of yourself than you ought to think, for “God has allotted to each man a measure of faith” (Romans 12:3, NASB). It is “God who works all things in all persons” (1 Corinthians 12:6, NASB).
The apostle Paul made it clear that “by the grace of God I am what I am” and that it was “not I, but the grace of God with me” that labored (1 Corinthians 15:10, NASB). And again, in Hebrews 13:21, he said that it was Jesus Christ who equipped us to do His will and who “works in us that which is pleasing in His sight.”
It was according to the will and purposes of Christ that we were predestined to be adopted as sons (Ephesians 1:5, 11), and that it is Christ “who works all things after the counsel of His will” (Ephesians 1:11, NASB), so that we will “be to the praise of His glory” (Ephesians 1:12).
From Start to Finish—Christ Alone
The point that I’m trying to make is that if God had not lifted the veil from our eyes and given us the faith to believe, we could never have come to salvation, and that the same principle—that God is the author, equipper and inspirer of all right action—applies to everything of value that we will ever do, every healing that we will ever obtain, and everything that we will ever become. It is for that reason that it can be rightly said that all glory and honor belongs to God and God alone. When we cast our crowns before Him in that final day, it will not merely be a gesture of honor; it will be the only right thing to do!
Therefore, it is incumbent upon us, as we pursue healing, to reject the tendency toward self-effort and self-striving, so that God can bring about permanent and effective change to our lives.
When we try to heal ourselves (even using God’s tools), or worse yet, when we try to create our own tools for healing (even those based on biblical models), we stand in the way of God’s healing. For if we succeed in some measure to heal ourselves, God cannot receive the glory. This is a critical point to understand because it is the very purpose of creation to bring glory to the One who died for us.
Additionally, any healing wrought in such a deficient fashion will, by virtue of the fact that the construction was done by us rather than God, will eventually collapse, if not sooner, certainly at the last day when God burns everything that has not been wrought by Him (1 Corinthians 3:10-15).
If God alone is capable of doing these things, where does that leave us? Are we to simply do nothing and wait for Him to bring these things about? Of course not! We need to turn our attention to Him, actively recognizing that He is our source for every good thing. We must learn, habitually and with all dependence, to fix our gaze upon Him. As Westerners, it kind of rubs us the wrong way to submit to the concept of complete dependence on God, or on anyone for that matter. It is un-American. It is weak, and it conflicts with our strong independent spirits. It requires a level of humility that we never even dreamed existed, much less considered a virtue. In a society such as our own that is ruled by the philosophy of humanism (there is nothing greater than man), humility is indeed a weakness. However, once we have discovered that there is a Creator God Who is far greater than man, humility then becomes wisdom.
After turning a dependent heart toward the Lord, we must, with all diligence, ask Him to accomplish good things in us. Then we need to step out of the way to let Him do it.
It might be good to ask yourself, “Where am I stuck?” Perhaps you don’t even want to seek after God with all your heart. The Bible is very clear that it is those who diligently seek Him who receive a response from Him (Hebrews 11:6; Jeremiah 29:13). For you, I would recommend beginning where you are; ask God to give you the desire that you lack, knowing that it is God who works in us the desire to do His will (Philippians 2:12-13).
This is more important than we may realize because if we pray for things simply because we know that we are “supposed” to pray for them, but we don’t really want them deep down in our heart, or don’t really expect that God will give them to us, then we will never get anywhere.
For many of us, a simple prayer of “HELP!” is what is needed. Do it; it works!
All of us can benefit from a closer and more intimate relationship with the Lord. So, why not pray that God will begin to reveal those things about Himself that will uniquely inspire you to go further with Him. A prayer for more faith is never wrong, or one for God to pour into your heart the love that the Father has for the Son. That’s a firecracker prayer!
Be persistent! Don’t stop praying for these things until you get them! It is when you want things with all your heart that the Father is pleased to give them to you, especially the things of high virtue.
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SOURCE: David Kyle Foster