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Jesus for All

As he said these things, all his adversaries were put to shame, and all the people rejoiced at all the glorious things that were done by him.

Luke 13:17
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This week, we’ve seen the miraculous, healing power of God in the lives of women. Each story has shown us the incredible value that God has for healing women of all ages. We’ve seen Jesus’s encounter with women who had been sick for only a little while. Others, like the woman with an issue of blood, had been sick for quite a while. Today we meet another woman with a years-long illness. Luke 13 introduces us to a woman who had been crippled for eighteen years. Eighteen years. Unlike the woman with the issue of blood, this woman was able to enter the temple and interact with her religious community. However, she was still in pain. Due to an issue with her spine, she was permanently bent over. How painful it must have been!

All of that changed once Jesus saw her. One Sabbath day, he called her over to himself and laid his hands on her (Luke 13:12–13). Immediately, she straightened up, something that she had not been able to do for nearly twenty years. What was her response? She began to glorify God. Can’t we imagine the tears of joy and relief she must have cried that day? And wouldn’t we expect those around her—those who knew of her years-long disability—to rejoice with her? Something else happens instead.

The time and place of the woman’s healing angered the ruler of the synagogue. The Jewish leaders in Jesus’s day had imposed strict laws on top of the Mosaic law. Healing on the Sabbath day was considered an act of work and thus prohibited. However, Jesus rebuked the religious leaders and insisted that the Sabbath was the perfect time for this woman’s healing to occur. But Jesus didn’t just call her a woman. He called her a daughter of Abraham.

Notice how Jesus, in a few sentences, showed how valuable this woman was in his sight, calling her a daughter of Abraham. Let’s not miss the significance of this phrase, which certainly wasn’t lost on the religious leaders. The Jews took great pride in being the children of Abraham, nearly considering themselves religious royalty.

Jesus not only showed the value of this woman by healing her, but with one phrase, he revealed her true identity. As a daughter of Abraham, she was entitled to healing and restoration as much as anyone else. And so are we.

heirs of christ

The Scriptures have much to say about our inheritance and our identity and all of the benefits we receive because of who we are in him. Nothing is too great for Jesus’s healing power in our lives. Not evil spiritual forces, not culture, not human-imposed rules.

As daughters of someone far greater than Abraham, we should expect the same love, the same care for our lives that Jesus gave to the woman. As John wrote, “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God . . .” (1 John 3:1a). No matter how long we’ve been in our emotional or physical state of illness, he is eager, willing, and able to make us whole.

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What lies has someone communicated about your identity, either in word or action? What biblical truths from today’s reading can you use to help fight those lies?

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I am His daughter, that is more important than what i think or what anyone else thinks. He values me more than i could ever imagine and that is what matters. This is the truth i chose to stand with.

There was a painful incidence where someone spread lies about me to tarnish my reputation at work. I cried for days and one day a Godly woman called me and asked me if those words were true and I told her they were not then she said wipe your tears and cry no more and don’t waste your energy on the lies then! I learnt a lot from that experience. I always thought I could try to explain my situation to people but I learnt that was impossible because how many people would I need to talk to each time and how many would understand? Then I learnt all that matters is what God thinks of me and not man and I found such great comfort in this truth. I also learnt that the Devil will try anything and especially those we trust and that are close to us, to make start doubting ourselves so we don’t do God’s work or believe in ourselves so the trick is to know the word and focus on God alone. Amen. God sees the heart and soul while man always looks at outward appearance which holds little value. Amen.

There have been times in my life where the people around me would tell me everything bad going on in their lives was my fault. I was blamed for so many different things, most of which were obviously not because of me. Being of low self esteem and incredibly naive, though, I believed almost all of these lies about myself. It put me in an incredibly dark place. God is helping me realize that there are going to be many times in life when others will try to make me feel guilty for things I shouldn’t. He’s also showing me that I do have to believe them. These lies are not what Jesus would want me to give in to. He would want me to stay strong and know my worth.

The misconception that lies in my head that I am not valued and appreciated has been troubling me and I’ve been using this as an excuse for everything I do and do not get recognised for. From today I’ll whisper to my inner being that I AM THE DAUGHTER OF GOD, an Heir with Christ. Not because I didn’t know this, but because I’ve never lived my true identity. It’s like I didn’t know what I have been entitled to all along. I pray that God sees me through this reminder

I have been told and made to feel worthless, but my God says I’m fearfully and wonderfully made and that I am a child of God.

I had really curly hair in high school. other girls would make fun of it any call me poodle. they would even prank call me and leave messages pretending to be advertisements for hair straighteners. I found it comical and immature, but it would make me get upset with my hair and try to straighten it. Now they are using tools to curl their hair lol

I can remember growing up and my appearance always being “not good enough” in my mothers eyes. This “oh have you makeup on” or “why don’t you curl your hair” or “wears the lipstick”. I was not necessarily a “princess girly girl type”, but I was a girl, dressed appropriately for my gender, I just liked to be natural and spend time outside, ride bikes, camp, fish and be free to be me. The lie I was told was “you aren’t good enough”. Like the woman was healed, Jesus heals all through His love and I can have tested assurance that I am a Child of God and favored by the Almighty Father.

What this scripture tells me is I AM GOOD ENOUGH. I am valued, loved, wonderfully, beautifully HIS.

Too often I have believed I was "less than" or "unworthy" because of my weight or appearance. The words people of spoken over me, the expectations of culture, and the lies of the devil defeated me. Then I encountered Ephesians 2:10 – For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

This verse is full of so much hope for me. It not only tells me that I am God’s Handiwork, but also that I am valued and purposeful in his plans. This verse continues to help me fight the lies.

wow! I know just how you are feeling I feel this same way… I am going to read this and hope that it has the same effect on me… I have struggled with my weight all of my life and have been made to feel less then many times by many people and it is the hardest feeling in the world to get passed and it gets harder the older I get and the fact that I am making my kids feel like there is something wrong with me and they are picking up on the feeling of worthlessness when all they care about is me loving them and making time for them.. weight or worth is never an issue for them unless they see that it is for us.. Now believing that everyday is the hard part!

That I am not enough as a wife and that I am not a good daughter or daughter-in-law.
I am His child and my identity is found in Him alone.

I was called stupid and worthless with no common sense, by my family. There was a lot of verbal abuse in my home and outside of my home. When I was a child I had a weight problem and I was constantly being called fat, ugly, and stupid. It took many years to heal from the abusive words and lies. I am loved, protected and cherished by God and by Jesus! and I know I matter and I no longer listen to nor believe the lies.

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