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5 Time Alone With God in the Healing

Luke 5:12- 16

12While Jesus was in one of the towns, a man came along who was covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged him, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.”  13 Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” And immediately the leprosy left him.  14 Then Jesus ordered him, “Don’t tell anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.”  15 Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. 16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.

Leprosy has terrified humanity since ancient times and was considered a curse of God often associated with sin. It would linger for years causing the tissues to degenerate and deforming the body. Leprosy destroys nerve endings that carry pain signals making people with advanced leprosy experience a total loss of feeling. This often leads to the largest number of deformities as people hurt themselves due to loss of feeling (picking up a cup of boiling water without flinching) What a picture of sin, that debilitating disease that deforms us and causes a total loss of feeling leading to us destroying our lives as we indulge in destruction.

In addition to the physical pain and disfiguration, biblical leprosy carried with it emotional pain as people were shunned, chased away banished to the life of an outcast. We all want to belong to be loved and not shunned. God never intended for us to be outcasts but that is the fruit of sin, deformed alone and dying. Here is where Jesus finds this man unable to cleanse Himself, in need of the Healer. Jesus first response is to reach out and touch, to touch us, the diseased, contagious, disfigured, the lepers. What is your leprosy?  Bitterness, anger, porn, alcohol, pride, unforgiveness, jealousy, poor self-image, or ___________? Sin takes many forms but they all deform! The leper fell with His face to the ground, humbled, he didn’t say if you can, he said if you are willing.  Do you need a touch from the Healer?  Is it time to get alone with God and call out “make me clean” He can heal and He is willing are you?

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4 Time Alone With God Between Service and the Storm

Matthew 14:21-23

21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children. 2 2 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone 24 but the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.  25 During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.  27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

Jesus had set out to get alone with God only to serve over 5000 now He continues His pursuit of getting alone with the Father even though the storm is coming. Jesus knew the storm was coming but how do you know when it’s going to storm? You don’t but what you do know is that there will be storms. They often come after times of pouring out times of serving. Notice that the storm came while the disciples were in God’s Will. God could have prevented the storm but often He doesn’t. God could have kept Joseph out of Jail. God could have kept Daniel out of the lion’s den. God could have kept Shadrack, Meshak, and Abindigo from the fiery furnace, but he didn’t instead what He did do was to show up in the middle of the Storm!

Time alone with the Father helps get our focus where it needs to be on Him, because when the storms come that is where our eyes need to be on Him not on the circumstances swirling around us. The disciples didn’t recognize Jesus when He came to them. It’s not like they haven’t seen Him in a while, they had just spent time with Him serving together and a full day had not passed. He comes walking toward them and they are frightened. But isn’t that just like us. We don’t see Jesus in our storms. Why? We are so caught up in what we are going through that we don’t recognize when God shows up. The disciples couldn’t see Jesus due to the fact that their focus was on the storm. You’ll never know that God is all you need, until God is all you have

The disciples were between service and a storm, Jesus often works on the between. Between pour in and pour out, Jesus turned water into wine. Between breaking and distributing, Jesus fed the 5000. Between who touched me, and go in peace, the woman with the issue of blood was healed. Between rise up, and take up they bed and walk, the man that had been at the pool of Betheseda for 38 years was made whole. Between the Egyptian army and the Red sea the Israelites found freedom.

Between serving and the storm there is God He is waiting for you.