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  Jesus Christ who leads to Wholistic Healing             Luke 5:17-26 ver.20: When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” Devotion In this passage, we encounter a captivating story of Jesus' encounter with a paralyzed man, which we have well studied through our Sunday school days. The passage begins with Jesus teaching in a crowded house, surrounded by religious leaders and eager listeners. Friends of a paralyzed man, unable to enter the house through the front door, exhibit remarkable faith by lowering their friend through the roof to bring him before Jesus. We notice that their faith was not limited to their individual needs but extended to the needs of their paralyzed friend. This extraordinary act of faith, determination and trust sets the stage for Jesus' healing power to be revealed.  As we read through this passage, we are able to see the multifaceted nature of healing. Jesus recognizes that true restoration extends beyond physical ailments to

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  Jesus Christ who leads to Wholistic Healing Bible portion  Ephesians 2:1-8 v4,5a But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions.. Devotional Text Paul’s letter to the Ephesians is referred to as the ‘Queen of the Epistles'. It contains key doctrines of Christianity. This text gives us a glimpse of a life with Christ and one without him. It contrasts between following the ways and the powers of this world versus living a life with Christ. A person who has consumed a few drinks of alcohol gets pulled over and the officer asks to blow into the breathalyzer. The breath will indicate his/her blood alcohol content. Similarly, Paul says that what we take in, shows up in our actions. What consumes our mind will show in our lives. We will exhale what we breathe in. Following the way of the world will manifest in our sinful nature. It is easy to fall into the trap of sin as it usually starts with seemingly

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  Great Grace of God and Wholistic Healing Bible portion  Acts  5:12-16 Verse 16: “ A great number of people would also gather from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all cured.” Devotional Text Healing : After the ascension of Lord Jesus Christ to heaven, the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. The gift of the Holy Spirit and the power of God was fully evident and tangible; in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Apostles were doing many miracles. The mighty power of God was at work and manifested everywhere. They were healing people in great numbers and they were preaching boldly the grace and salvation through the faith in Jesus Christ amidst all the shaming and physical torture by the influential leaders of the temple and society. The key elements here are the faith of the Apostles, their reliance on divine power, and the faith of people who yearned for healing. Unity:  Before crucifi

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  Jesus Christ Leads to Holistic Healing Bible portion    2 King 4: 16-37 V30 But the child’s mother said, “As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” So he got up and followed her.   Devotional Text 2 King 4: 16-37 narrates how God restored a Shunammite woman to the fullness of His wholeness. During his ministry, the prophet Elisha journeys through the town of Shunem. Seeing that Elisha is a servant of God and noticing his frequent visits, the woman and her husband built a small room for him to stay. Knowing that the couple is childless, Elisha promised that she will conceive a son within a year. The promise was fulfilled. However, tragedy struck when the child fell ill and died. In her grief and despair, she embarked on a journey with faith to seek the prophet's help and humbly and desperately clung to his feet. Through prayer and unwavering faith, Elisha restored the child to life.  While the primary focus of this story is the miraculous birth and resurr

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  Jesus Christ who Leads to Wholistic Healing. Bible portion  Colossians 1: 15-24 “For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in him, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through His blood, shed on the cross.”  Vs.19-20   Devotional Text The narrative of creation portrays mankind as being created in the image of God, enjoying intimate fellowship with Him in a state of wholeness (Genesis 1:27). However, the introduction of sin led to separation and corruption, distancing humanity from the wholistic purpose of divine creation, resulting in alienation from God and the perpetration of evil deeds (Vs.21). In the passage for today’s meditation, the scripture reveals the profound truth that God was pleased to manifest His fullness through Jesus Christ. Amidst the prevalence of false teachings undermining Christ's deity, Apostle Paul underscores His preeminence and sufficiency as the creator and sustainer o

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  Jesus Christ who Leads to Wholistic Healing Bible portion   Galatians  6:11-16 5 Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is the new creation. Devotional Text Wholistic healing in biblical settings means physical, mental, and spiritual healing. In a world setting it means physical and mental healing. If you go to a doctor with a physical or mental infirmity, the doctor tries to eliminate the infirmity without knowing or knowing why it occurs in the first place. Jesus Christ heals you and me by removing the root cause and forgiving the sin. In St. John:  5:14  Jesus is talking to the person he healed before ‘“See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.” Jesus sees us entirely (physical/mental and spiritual), nothing hidden from Him.   If I explain the theme verse it may be like this ‘It is not important whether we observe the law or not; what is important is our faith and Grace of God’.  God created us with freedom of choice.

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  THE COMPASSIONATE TOUCH OF JESUS CHRIST THAT SANTIFICES Bible portion Hebrews:13: 8-16 Verse: 8  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, yes, even forever. Devotional Text  This passage for devotion should be understood in the light of  the whole chapter  describing the way the  leaders  preached Christ of the new covenant..  Manner in which they preached, should have manifested the behavior and life style pursued by the teachings of the gospel. The word  that  they ministered must have been Christ oriented, and should  have  the teaching based on the faith in Christ.  The same Christ who is the perfector and author of  faith, when  preached to the people,  it is accepted by them.. In that context one should understand that same unchangeable, everlasting Christ is  same yesterday today and tomorrow  and for ever.  A believer should hold on to the Christ  who is  everlasting,  and must not be carried over by various  teachings of old covenant  Judaizers.  The writer of Hebrews w