Forget not all His benefits, the Psalmist reminds us. What are some ways in which we can remember?
When you are a brand new enrollee receiving information about your benefits, you may feel overwhelmed by all the information. Then, later on, when you experience a particular need, you are reminded to review the benefits booklet more closely to see what your coverage is, and how to make a claim.
The Word of God is like a giant manual full of benefits. It’s valuable for us to take time to review all that it says about our blessings in Christ.
Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits . . . Psalm 68:19
We are specifically told to remember that God forgives all our sins and heals all our diseases.
Hearing the stories of people who have been healed is one way to encourage yourself in the Lord and “remember His benefits.” As you invite those around you to share their testimonies of healing, others will hear and gain hope to seek the Healer too.
With our rich healing legacy in the Alliance, you can find many stories on the C&MA website to help you in your own journey, or to encourage others. For example, this story by Paul King shares how God helped him decide which treatment options to pursue when he faced cancer.
A wonderful classic story from retired international workers Myron and Marj Bromley shares how God helped them to use both medical help and prayer to bring Jesus’ healing to many people in Indonesia. As people were asked why they turned to Christ, they most frequently said it was because of the healing.
Luke tells us “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.” Luke 5:15
If you hear others’ stories of healing while you are still waiting on the Lord for your own, don’t give up hope. Rejoice for your brothers and sisters, and let the stories keep soaking into your soul.
The Psalmist has much to say in these moments:
“Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord . . . My soul waits for the Lord, more than watchmen for the morning.” Psalm 130
“These things I remember as I pour out my soul . . . Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him.” Psalm 42:4-6
“I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:13-14
Out of all the healings in Jesus’ ministry, the Holy Spirit selected 26 individual encounters to be recorded for us. When was the last time you sat down and read straight through them all? Mingle with the crowd and notice the woman reaching out to touch Jesus’ robe. Follow Jesus down the mountainside and see the leper kneeling before him. As you engage with these beloved stories once again, your own love and trust in Jesus your Healer will keep growing inside you.
Perhaps you would like to set aside some time this week to meet with your Healer. Know that we are loved more than we can possibly imagine. All our needs are already supplied in Christ Jesus. We have already been given all that we need for life and Godliness. By His stripes we were healed.
We quiet our hearts to remember these things, and once again catch the whisper of His gentle love song. And we know that all His benefits are ours.
Beth joined Alliance Benefits in January 2001. In her role as Benefits Consultant, she focuses on building relationships with churches and districts, and assisting with Health Plan and 403(b) questions. She is assigned to serve the churches and districts in the Western and Southern US, and the multi-cultural districts.