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Personal Study Lesson: The Lord God Is My Healer
This chapter is taken from the 10 Week Personal Workbook
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My whole being, praise the LORD and do not
forget all his kindnesses.
He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases.
He saves my life from the grave and loads me with love
and mercy. He satisfies me with good things and makes
me young again, like the eagle.
~Ps. 103:2-5~

When you think of God as our “Healer” do you think of Him as a doctor, someone who heals you physically? Or do you think of Him more spiritually, someone who heals you on the inside?

Last winter, when our oldest son had a severe injury that required several stitches inside and out, the doctor had to clean the wound from the inside first. Yes, it was very painful, but necessary. It wouldn’t have done any good to simply sew him up and slap a band aid on his wound and “call it good.”

God does the same thing to us. It doesn’t matter what kind of pain we are suffering, He always starts at the root of our pain. He cleanses us on the inside first. Sometimes in places we didn’t even know were there. And yes, sometimes it can be painful, but just know it is necessary. 

Healing can be spiritual, read Ezekiel 36: 25-36
  • Question: Are You willing to let God create in you a new heart?


Healing can also be mentally, read Romans 12:2
  • Question: Why do you think God starts with our mind first, before our heart?



God heals us to demonstrate His love for us. And, sometimes His very presence is enough to heal us. “The power of the Lord was present to heal them” (Luke 5:17).
  • Question: Have you ever been healed by just being in His presence? If so, when and what happened?



God heals us in times of trouble:

“Lord, have mercy on me because I am weak.
Heal me, Lord, because my bones ache.”
(Ps. 6:2)

“He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them
from their destructions.”
(Ps. 107:20)

“But He was wounded for our transgressions;
He was bruised for our iniquities:
the chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
and by His stripes we are healed.”
(Isa. 53:5)

A true show of our love for God is when we can praise Him and worship Him even in the mist of troubles. Even in our darkest moments we can say, “I believe in God, I love Him, I put my faith in Him.” We need to remember that God is with us in the good times and the bad. If the only time I bring myself to worship Him is when things are going good, then it wouldn’t speak much for my relationship with Him. Sometimes the most important time to worship Him is during suffering. It takes our minds and attention off us and puts it back up on Him, where it needs to be.

Look up and read Job 2
  • Question:  What was Job’s comment to his wife in verse 10?


Now look up Hebrews 13:15
  • Question: After reading Job 2 and then Hebrews 13, which do you find yourself doing more of?


  • Question: Do you find it difficult to sing worship songs and praise God in the midst of trouble?


God heals us to show us He can, so that we may glorify Him. Look up and read Luke 17:15
  • Question:  How often are we like this?


How often does God heal us and as soon as we are well, we forget to thank Him and testify for Him?


How often do we “as soon as we are well, forget the pain we were in,” go about life forgetting His grace, until the next time we are suffering?

  
Sometimes we need God to heal us from the pain of loss, whether our grief is caused by divorce, the death of a spouse, or the death of a child. Whatever the situation is you need to remember that God as already experienced them all. There is no pain that He can’t help us through.
  • Question:  Besides the ones listed above, what are other types of pain might we experience?


God heals us to give us hope.

“When I sit in the darkness,
the Lord will be a light to me.”
(Mic. 7:8)

“God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
(Rev. 7:17)


Look up and read Psalm 30:5
  • Question: What is the promise in this verse?



God promises to heal the brokenhearted.

“The Lord hears good people when they cry out to him,
and he saves them from all their trouble.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted, and he saves
those whose spirits have been crushed.”
~Ps. 34:18~

God’s Word teaches us that there is a time for every season, even pain and suffering. Sometimes it is during this very period that we find ourselves closest to God, and it is during this time He does His greatest work in us. If life was always peachy then we would never have an opportunity to come to know God in this light and we wouldn’t appreciate this character in Him.  We can’t grow without times of trial, hurts, and suffering, but He does promise that there will be an end to pain and that we will be joyful again.


Look up and read John 16:22, First Peter 5:6, and Ecclesiastes 3
  • Question: What are God’s promises in the verses we just read? And what do they mean to you?

  • Write out your prayer describing what kind of healing you need in this season of your life.  Ask God to show you anything that you might have allowed to fester that needs to be cleaned out.



PRAYING IN FAITH:
Father God, thank You for this study time with You. Lord, we lift up praises to You our God and we thank You for the many times You have healed us. Thank You for helping us to come to know You as “the Lord is my Healer.” Thank You that not only do You heal us physically but emotionally, mentally, and spiritually as well.
I continue to praise You God, and I pray that if there is any healing that this reader needs in their life, then You will put Your hand there. Thank You, Lord, for hearing us, being with us, and moving in us.
In Christ Jesus’ name I pray,
Amen.