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Friday, September 21, 2012



      Pastor Mark Taylor                            

“The Wounded Warrior”

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.” (Isaiah 53:5)

We need healing today in many areas of our lives.  Physical healing is only one area that God is able to and wants to heal you in.  
  • “Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, (Psalms 103:2-5).  
Sin is the disease that Christ died to destroy in the lives of His people.  As disease weakens the body, sin weakens the moral energy and causes pain and produces visible evidence of hurt.  No human physician can deal with it, but there is heavenly medicine a great physician who can heal us.  Christ was in pain that we might be at ease; He gave satisfaction to the justice of God that we might have satisfaction in our own minds knowing that through him our sins are forgiven us.  Because of the Lord Jesus’ suffering we have healing; for by his stripes we are healed.”  Sin is not only a crime, for which we were condemned to die and which Christ purchased for us the pardon of, but it is a disease, which affects directly the death of our souls and which Christ provided for the cure of. By his stripes (that is, the sufferings he underwent), and by the doctrine of Christ's cross, and the powerful arguments it furnishes us with against sin, the dominion of sin is broken in us and we are strengthen against that which feeds the disease.   By the strips of Jesus we are healed, and by these alone.  When the Son of God came to earth, he surprised a lot of people. His life was marked by humility. He came as a baby, born in a manger. God’s son lying in a cattle stall. Royalty born in poverty. From the time he was born until the day he died, he was always doing things differently than people expected. He refused to follow the script. He was a man on a mission – but the mission was one few could understand.

Jesus, the Warrior, went to battle long before he made his last fateful trip to Jerusalem.  As Jesus moved from town to town ministering to the needs of the people, he seemed from a human standpoint, to be nothing more than a traveling preacher with his followers. But in the spiritual realm, he was a man continuously at war.  Jesus showed with every healing that he had power over every form of sickness and disease. When Jesus came to town, the blind could see, the deaf could hear, the leper was cleansed, and the crippled would leap for joy.  The Warrior would walk right into the enemies’ camp and set captives free! Free from sin. Free from the past. Free to start a new life. “Neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more!”

Every sickness. Every sin. Every blow had been for a reason. Every stripe on his back, every drop of blood…there was a purpose for it all. The Wounded Warrior fought off death until he knew the price was paid. When the deed was done, the Bible says Jesus lifted up his eyes toward heaven and with his last ounce of strength and shouted, “It is finished!” And he died.  Three days later He arose from death and now promises us healing because of His suffering.
We need healing from many things and below are some of them. And then we need to do some things after we have been healed.
The Lord Jesus can heal you from a guilty conscience of past failures. Because we are healed from our past, we should not dwell on it.  Our heart is healed from the love of sin and rebellion toward God.  We are new creatures. 
  • “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17).  

The Lord Jesus can heal us from the disease of being hurt by Satan and others.  
  • “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” (Psalms 147:3). “The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite heart”. (Psalms 34:18). 
  • “Have mercy on me, O LORD, for I am weak; O LORD, heal me, for my bones are troubled.” (Psalms 6:2).  "Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today. (Exodus 14:13).
The Lord Jesus can heal us when we are discouraged and depressed.  
  • “Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him For the help of His countenance. (Psalms 42:5 NKJV).  “Have mercy on me, O LORD, for I am weak; O LORD, heal me, for my bones are troubled.” (Psalms 6:2).  
When you receive your healing there is new ways you should behave.  Get out of the company of others who have the disease you have been healed from. 
  • “Blessed is the person who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; (Psalms 1:1)
Use your healing and new strength to help others.
  • “Brothers and sisters, if someone  is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:1-2)
Praise the Physician who healed you. 
  • “Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.” (Hebrews 13:15).

  • “I love the LORD, because He has heard my voice and my supplications. Because He has inclined His ear to me, Therefore, I will call upon Him as long as I live.”     (Psalms 116:1-2)