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Shield Daily Devotional  

Day 178

When we look at Divine Healing, we must remember its source. Yesterday we read Peter's words in 1 Peter 2:24: "and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed." (NASB) It is the actual wounds inflicted upon Jesus and His blood that provide the basis of our healing. Too often when the going gets tough believing for healing, we adjust our theology to accept the sickness or disease. The Word doesn't instruct us to do that; man creates a theology that "spiritualizes" the text under consideration away from its plain meaning. We want to be Biblical in our thinking regardless of what persecution we receive as a result.

We can study the example of the Passover to get an understanding of how the blood brings healing and deliverance. Remember that the Hebrews were told to take the blood of the animal and place at the top and the sides of their door and the destroying angel would pass over them when he saw the blood. Without the blood, the first born of each family would die. There are four points to the blood that will help us understand Divine Healing. Today, we examine the first one: the blood had to be shed to be effective. Hebrews 9:22 says: "And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission." Adam Clarke says of this verse: " Every sinner has forfeited his life by his transgressions, and the law of God requires his death; the blood of the victim, which is its life, is shed as a substitute for the life of the sinner. By these victims the sacrifice of Christ was typified. He gave his life for the life of the world; human life for human life, but a life infinitely dignified by its union with God." The new life we have includes the right to a healthy life. God created man whole in the Garden of Eden; He did not create him sickly and diseased. The result of Calvary is to allow Jesus to impart new live both spiritually and physically to us because of the shed blood (at least this is what 1 Peter 2:24 says although our experience may be different; our experience should not trump the Word of God, for if so, you make yourself your own god).

Today, thank Jesus that he shed His blood to make you completely whole, both spiritually and physically. Read 1 Peter 2:24 several times today until it gets deep inside of you and becomes real. When it does, the truth of today's word will cause rejoicing. Jesus has shed His blood for you!
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