Jesus died so that we could be reconciled to the Father. The reconciliation He purchased wasn’t just a ticket into Heaven. Jesus died to reconcile our body, soul, and spirits right now!
Galatians 5:1 – It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
The opposite of freedom is slavery. Galatians 5:1 instructs us to “not let yourselves be burdened…by a yoke of slavery“. When we hold onto unforgiveness, bitterness, or resentment we are burdening ourselves with “a yoke of slavery“.
Healing from slavery
I was serving on the prayer line at the end of a service when a young woman came up to me for prayer. She hobbled over on crutches and had a brace on her ankle. Not wanting to assume, I asked her what she would like prayer for. She confirmed that she would like prayer for her injured ankle.
I asked permission to touch her ankle and she agreed. I kneeled down and spoke to the pain in her ankle like Jesus modeled in the Bible, “pain leave in Jesus name.” Nothing happened. Pray again. Again, nothing happened. I stood up and asked the Holy Spirit, “What do I do now?” It was then I heard His still small voice, “Ask her if there is anything else she would like prayer for.” She quickly replied, with “regret”.
I didn’t need to know the details of what she was regretting. Jesus knew. I led her through forgiving herself for the choices that she had made. As she released the unforgiveness she had held towards herself I could see her countenance brightening.
Healing her ankle
After praying through forgiveness, I ask the Holy Spirit what to do next. The story of Jesus praying for the blind man twice came to mind (Mark 8:22-26). I figured Jesus is the model and if he prayed twice for the blind man’s eyes then I could pray for the young woman’s ankle again.
Father God had just released His love. The love of God is powerful so I decided to lean into it as I prayed for her ankle. I knelt down again and laid my hand on her foot and began to meditate on the love of God. I didn’t say a word, but merely leaned in the powerful, loving presence that we were both experiencing.
After a few moments I asked her to check her ankle and see if there were any changes. She put weight on her ankle and began to twist it back and forth. All the pain was G-O-N-E! The young woman took off her ankle brace and walked out of the church!!!
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