And it happened when He was in a certain city, that behold, a man who was full of leprosy saw Jesus; and he fell on his face and implored Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then He put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately the leprosy left him. (Luke 5:12-13)
What really caught my attention about this verse is that this man was that he was a man covered with Leprosy. He was not a man who was Leprosy. This man was not holding onto a disease to define who he was. In faith this man petitioned Jesus for healing and because of that he experienced the dynamic power of God cleansing him.
Mephibosheth in 2 Sam 9 was invited by King David to eat at his table everyday he didn’t excuse the invite because of his disability. He didn’t say to the king “sorry I can’t walk there so I ain’t coming”. He allowed the king to make plans for him to be there. In order for him to come to feast at the Kings table Mephibosheth had to leave the spot where he had always been. He had been invited by the King to dine with him. He got to experience the best because he was open to change.
Something the Lord told me this year was not to even speak “the word” naming the infirmity I have battled for many years. I am to thank God for my healing. I am to come out of that lo-debar environment. Quit talking about it. This would usher me in my healing. BECAUSE according to Proverbs what I don’t talk about I can’t give life to. The last few years I have had to open myself up to really walking into new understanding of the Lord. I have tried to work on really changing how I even look at the infirmity I’ve dealt with or even how I speak about it. Because it’s not mine. I’m not claiming it as mine. I don’t want it. Jesus doesn’t want it for me either.
So I will look like a fool to some but I’m claiming the truth over my body and my mind. The truth really is: He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree; so that, having died to sins, we might live for righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed (1 Pet 2:24).
I have the runners mentality. Keeping my eyes focused on what’s ahead, not what’s behind me nor what on the side of me. And I will run the race with endurance. So I can finish well, not before my time but at the appointed time so I’m not ashamed when I look at Jesus. So He can say, Well done good and faithful servant.